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Craft Cubed 2012

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by Melody Clifford (subscribe)
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'Beads' designed by 'Cloth and Thread' who hold a stall at the Craft Hatch market (image source: (image source

Craft Cubed is an exciting Melbourne festival that celebrates practitioners, techniques, traditions and all things handmade. It brings together a number of creative events and some of them are free to attend.

On the program is a chunky knitting workshop, where you can learn how to make a reclaimed fabric bag. There's a session on handmade notebooks and another that will teach you how to create jewellery from everyday plastics. 

For those interested in the more abstract crafts, instruction in sublimation printing is available, you can join a stop-go animation class, make indigo and shibori printed handkerchiefs or practice constructing paper chandeliers.

Even if exercising your creative talents is not-so-much your thing, there is still plenty to see. During the festival, which runs from Friday, August 3rd until Saturday, September 1st, many craft studios throughout Victoria will be open and will welcome visits from the public. The Ceramics Studio (Gasworks), Harvest Textiles (Brunswick), Ink and Spindle (Kensington) and Cone 11 (Abbotsford) among many others, all appear on the list.

'Tatau' will be held at NGV Studio (image source

There are dedicated exhibitions as well like 'The Melbourne Tapa,' (Flinders Lane), where women from the Pacific Nations will manufacture a twenty metre banner of mulberry-bark cloth and 'Tatau' (NGV Studio) which focuses on Polynesian tattooing and involves a live tattooing experience for those willing to commit. 

'FELTernative' at Chapel off Chapel will show hats, clothing, wall hangings and sculptures crafted by members of Victorian Feltmakers Inc and the Brunswick Street Gallery will host 'Needle Work, Needle Play', to put the spotlight on artist who use embroidery within their pieces.

Succulent Watercolour Painting Class with Dawn Tan (image source

You can learn about Chinese Copper Glazes in Balwyn on August 4th or 11th, Macrame at RMIT in Brunswick on August 18th or Watercolour Painting at SO:ME Space in South Melbourne on August 19th.

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Handcrafted Ceramics (image source

The Craft Cubed festival also includes a series of talks and public lectures which will be useful for those who have taken up the Etsy trend. 'Craft and Design as a Career', scheduled for August 16th in the Clemenger Auditorium (NGV International) and 'Product Photography for Etsy Success' (Nicholas Building) look to be particularly informative. 

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Delightful creatures from 'Cloth and Thread' who sell at The Craft Hatch Market (image source

No craft festival would be complete without a craft market and the one that's associated with Craft Cubed takes place at 1000 Bend in Little Lonsdale Street. It's called The Craft Hatch Market and will put all of Melbourne latest and finest craft work on display, Saturday September 1st from 11:00am until 4:00pm.

A full Craft Cubed program guide is available from Craft Victoria's website or you can download it here.

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Why? To celebrate our craft artisans
When: Various times
Phone: (03) 9650 7775
Where: Various locations throughout Victoria
Cost: $0 - $90
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