CRAFT: where is it?
Victoria is home to some of the world’s best contemporary craft, but how do you know what it is and where it is?
CRAFT: where is it? is an online resource where you can browse key objects and learn about significant Victorian craft collections, locate the collections using the Craft Organisations page. And... get directions from your current location using the augmented reality application, Layar. Simply download Layar (for free) to your mobile phone and search for 'Craft.'
Ranging from highly visible works such as Deborah Halpern’s Angel on Birrarung Marr to appointment-based private museums, you can gain virtual access to some of Victoria’s hidden (and some not-so-hidden) craft treasures. You can also read about the history of craft making and collecting: looking back to look forward.
CRAFT: where is it? focuses on craft produced after 1970, a time that saw the decorative arts prosper. Galleries and various public institutions began collecting significant examples of craft including ceramics, glass, textiles, furniture and jewellery, and art-school enrolments swelled. This has provided the foundations for the thriving, vibrant craft culture that we are now familiar with.
Today, organisations like Craft Victoria continue to foster this growth. Initiatives like Craft Maker gather like-minded artists in an online community, while the gallery's blog CLOG features regular updates that keep readers in the loop.
Whether we know it or not, we are surrounded by fascinating examples of contemporary craft in our everyday lives – you just have to know where to find it!
"Craft: where is it? provides a dynamic resource to explore the rich collection of craft and design held in Victoria. It is an ideal resource for researchers who are interrogating our material history. It is also a wealth of information for tourists. As a tourism resource it provides a colourful engagement with Victoria’s regions and its artists." Catrina Vignando, General Manager, Craft Australia.
CRAFT: where is it? was collated by Craft Victoria with research undertaken by Kimberly Brockett, Joe Pascoe and Julianna Green.