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by Lizzie Higgins (subscribe)
A freelance writer, living in Brisbane.
Published May 6th 2018
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Are you after a unique gift for someone with discerning taste and an interest in design? Artisan, Queensland's home of craft and design, stocks the latest works of local ceramicists, potters, jewellers and other designers and craftspeople. There are gorgeous vases, delicate bowls, quirky miniature plant hangers and funky earrings.

Artisan King St Bowen Hills
Artisan shopfront, King St, Bowen Hills

The works are on sale in the shopfront of Artisan's new home on a corner of the recently developed King St precinct, in Bowen Hills. Artisan is a not-for-profit organisation that supports and promotes Australian contemporary craft and design practice.

Unique wares for sale at Artisan

As well as the shop showcasing the wares of established and emerging Queensland artisans, there is an adjoining room where workshops are held. On the day I visited, there was a beginners' textile design workshop underway. Coming workshops include spoon carving, wooden earrings, drawing, sandal making, pillbox hats and processing Brisbane's "wild" clay. There's another gift possibility!

Artisan King St Bowen Hills
Ceramics on sale at Artisan

The store leads to a dedicated exhibition space. The current exhibition, Expanded Discrete States: Craft + Design, is quite stunning on entering. Here, the work of six leading practitioners from the fields of architecture, jewellery, fashion, weaving, industrial design and public art is displayed.

Current exhibition at Artisan
Current exhibition at Artisan

Artisan King St Bowen Hills
Current exhibition at Artisan

In the Small Object Space at the end of the room, is the intriguing exhibition Re: Watch and Wear which pairs eight Queensland-based artists working in animation with eight Queensland-based artists making wearable objects.

Artisan King St Bowen Hills
Current exhibition at Artisan

Artisan is a fabulous addition to the King St precinct, currently dominated by restaurants and food outlets. Combining a browse through Artisan's shop and exhibition with a visit to nearby Montrachet boulangerie, like I did on a Saturday morning, you can almost imagine you're in Paris, scoffing a pain au chocolat after checking out the latest work of local artisans! One can dream…
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Why? For a dose of design
When: Tues - Fri 10am - 5pm Sat 10am - 4pm
Phone: (07) 3215 0800
Where: 45 King Street Bowen Hills Q 4006
Cost: Free to browse
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