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