Sydney Craft Week

Sydney Craft Week

Friday 5 – Sunday 14 October

Sydney Craft Week is an inspirational festival that speaks to our fundamental human urge to create, while also showcasing exceptional contemporary craft.

Sydney Craft Week unites the very active craft sector within Sydney's creative community - including ceramicists, jewellers, quilters, knitters and other textile artists, plus timber workers, print makers, leather crafters, Indigenous makers and creatives of all kinds who work with their hands. In the second year of the festival, Sydney Craft Week is bigger than ever, with 89 venues across 48 suburbs, including 
•    109 workshops, 
•    47 exhibitions and 
•    200+ events total. 

An initiative of the Australian Design Centre, and supported by a City of Sydney Festivals Grant, the 2018 festival is jam-packed with events for everyone, including but not limited to: exhibitions, talks, workshops, retail events (including markets), open studios and live demonstrations. There are also lots of events with food and drink, fun family-friendly events for the school holidays, and lots more. 

This year's theme is Mindful Making and the 2018 Sydney Craft Week Ambassador is Karen McCartney. 

View the full 2018 program online here.

This year, ADC presents three exhibitions and a host of events as part of a Makers Lab at our space in William Street, the headquarters of Sydney Craft Week.

In These HANDS: Mara nyangangka 
Sturt Gallery and Ernabella Arts present In These HANDS: Mara nyangangka, an exhibition of new paintings, ceramics, tjanpi weavings and punu from the artists of Ernabella, celebrating 70 years of Ernabella Arts.

Forty-six years ago, five young artists from Ernabella Arts went to Sturt Gallery & Studios as part of a residency to learn new weaving techniques. In These HANDS: Mara nyangangka tells the story of that residency, its impact on subsequent generations and offers a showcase of the contemporary work of senior artists including Pepai Jangala Carroll, Rupert Jack, Tjunkaya Tapaya and Alison Milyika Carroll alongside emerging Indigenous artists. 
Explore the In These HANDS: Mara nyangangka website
Exhibition dates: 5 October – 14 November

In These Hands: Mara nyangangka - A Conversation
Come and hear about the artists, the arts practices and the history of Ernabella Arts in an illuminating conversation about the exhibition.
When: Saturday 6 October, 11.30am - 12.30pm
Where: Australian Design Centre
Tickets: FREE, bookings required

Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Awards 
Featuring outstanding work by contemporary NSW textile artists, this exhibition is presented by Australian Design Centre in partnership with the Seed Stitch Collective. The award is an open call-out to contemporary artists, designers and crafts-people to create an open arena of opportunity, and to uncover the diverse range of textile artists in NSW. 
Explore the Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Awards website 
Exhibition dates: 5 October – 14 November 

Playing for Creativity 
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.” - George Bernard Shaw. Come and play with mixed media to inspire curiosity, creativity, industriousness and inventiveness. A member of the Seed Stitch Collective, Niki McDonald has exhibited nationally and internationally and explored all things textile with a Creative Arts major in textiles and a Diploma of Education. Niki believes that you need to play, paste, cut, rip, sew, glue, paint, draw, scratch, collage, arrange, rearrange, make, create, build and save to be in your process, discover your flow of creativity.

After mind mapping ideas and building a preliminary mood board, participants will create a mixed media canvas with stitching to emphasise colour, shape and movement. Workshop players receive; a stretched canvas, needle and wool, mixed media and collage materials.
When: Saturday 27 October, 1-3.30pm
Where: Australian Design Centre 
Who should come: Anyone who would like to play with mixed textile media 
Tickets: $80 
Book here

Poke & Stitch: Tattooing Cloth with Emma Peters 
There are quite a few similarities between the art of tattooing and embroidery - rhythm, pattern, colour and the act of creating a visual tribute to a loved one or a significant experience. Learn to design your own motifs that celebrate your memories and adorn or repair your fabrics. Using simple yet effective motifs, textile practitioner, Emma Peters, will guide you in the slow paced and mindful skills of stitching, tracing your motif onto fabric, and the stitches that will work best.

Bring along any cloth or thread you’d like to work with and there will be lots of materials provided for experimenting. Perfect for beginners or more accomplished makers looking to expand on their practice.

Emma Peters is a founding member of the Seed Stitch Collective and has worked as a designer in the textile industry for over a decade. She teaches at two of Australia’s leading design universities – UNSW Art & Design and UTS.
When: Saturday 3 November, 11-1.30pm 
Where: Australian Design Centre 
Who should come: Perfect for beginners or more accomplished makers looking to expand on their practice. 
Tickets: $80 
Book here

Weave Your Love 
The process of weaving has a deeply therapeutic effect and is used across many cultures to convey messages that honour family history and personal journeys. The act of deconstruction and reconstruction of an item that has emotional significance is a very powerful and empowering experience. In this workshop Sky Carter will teach you traditional as well as innovative techniques to create a personal and meaningful woven work. Using your preloved materials, Sky will take you on a textural journey where you are shown how to weave items to honour them in a unique and beautiful way. 

This workshop is perfect for those that have a sentimental or precious ‘stash’ of pieces that could be repurposed into a wall hanging such as; a wedding veil, grandfather’s tie or hankies, baby clothing or item from a significant event.  Sky will provide an array of materials that can be used to complement your items in the weaving process as well as her personally designed loom and tools made from sustainable bamboo. Students are asked to bring at least one meaningful item that they would like to celebrate in a wall hanging.

Sky Carter has exhibited both locally and internationally and is a member of the Seed Stitch Collective. She is a fibre and textile artist operating under her art practice ‘Sky Carter Colour’. With a design studies major in colour she is continually developing and evolving her skills through residencies, travel and further education and has developed her own range of sustainable weaving tools and looms which used to teach her unique weaving style.
When: Saturday 10 November, 1-3.30pm
Where: Australian Design Centre 
Who should come: This workshop is perfect for those who have a precious textile they would like to repurpose into a wall hanging 
Tickets: $80 
Book here

Fish out of Water by Dorothy Filshie
Fish Out of Water is an exhibition of the textile object work of NSW artist Dorothy Filshie. Dorothy uses hessian, calico, duck and artists’ canvas plastered with old-fashioned gesso made from rabbit skin glue and whiting powder to create her sculptural fish. Fish Out of Water is displayed in Object Space, a window gallery that is available for viewing 24/7.
Explore the Fish out of Water website
Exhibition dates: 5 October – 14 November

Craftfulness: A Conversation
Inspired by a new book called Craftfulness – Mend yourself by making things, five Sydney makers will explore how their process contributes to their sense of personal wellbeing. Each will share stories of their motivations, creative processes and how the act of making positively impacts their life. In an open and honest discussion, hosted by Sydney Craft Week Ambassador Karen McCartney, the panel of five makers – from disciplines across textiles, ceramics, paper engineering, jewellery and graphic design – will bring an object to illustrate their craft and describe what it means to them. A key event as part of our Mindful Making theme, this is an opportunity hear the fascinating personal narratives of these makers – it might even inspire you to start making yourself.  Come and listen to extreme knitter Jacqui Fink, artist and product designer Evi O, ceramicist Alana Wilson, paper engineer Benja Harney; and jeweller Kyoko Hashimoto in conversation with author Karen McCartney. This event is part of Craft Up Late at ADC.
When: Tuesday 9 October 6 - 8pm
Where: Australian Design Centre, corner William and Palmer St, Darlinghurst
Tickets: FREE, bookings required  

ADC Markers Market
Australian Design Centre's boutique outdoor Makers Market is back as part of Sydney Craft Week. With a distinctly Darlinghurst vibe this is a friendly local street market that emerges in the morning and is gone by nightfall returning the streets to local people. Come and enjoy the market atmosphere under the big marquee as we close off Palmer Street and invite Sydney's most talented creators to showcase their work. The Design Centre will open all day so you can catch the latest exhibitions, try your hand at making and check out all the new makers in Object Shop - the Design Centre's retail space supporting makers and designers. There will also be delicious food on site to help sustain the shopping! Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to mingle with the makers, hear the stories about why and how they make and perhaps take a little bit of their work home to enjoy.
When: Saturday 13 October 10am - 4pm
Where: Australian Design Centre, corner William and Palmer St, Darlinghurst
Tickets: FREE, Facebook event info

3D Printing Workshops: October School holidays (SOLD OUT)
Many of today’s designers are using 3D printing to allow unparalleled scope in design exploration from prototyping to production. Students can explore this technology in our hands-on workshop led by Modfab, the first 3D Printing Technology business in Australia to create customised learning experiences for school students. Everyone will get the opportunity to sketch, 3D model in CAD, and then print their own small work to take home. 
When: Two separate workshops Thursday 11 October 9.30am – 3.30pm Friday 12 October 9.30am - 3.30pm
Where: Australian Design Centre, corner William and Palmer St, Darlinghurst
Tickets: $30 per workshop
Age: 9-12
Maximum capacity: 10 participants per workshop; BYO lunch and water bottle
Book here


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Image credit: Esme Timbery, Untitled 'Harbour Bridge', (2002). Courtesy of Sydney Opera House Trust. Background photography by Dennis Golding.