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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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…