March 20, 2020

Apart from moving our classes online I have a few other ideas about how we can continue to connect and support each other during the coming months.

September 10, 2019

The work of South African artist Kim Lieberman takes us on a journey; seeking to investigate communication and interaction between people her work has an extraordinary global vision which dissects figuratively and at times literally the currency of connection. 

Through...

August 13, 2019

Bringing together two of the major fields of traditional craft & design – Textiles and Wood – designer Isabel Avendaño Hazbún creates functional and nonfunctional art objects which open up new dialogues about material, dress and identity.

Her innovative and often surpri...

July 24, 2019

Sometimes an artist travels far and wide to discover that in the end all roads lead home. Jordanian designer and artist Ishraq Zraikat has had an incredible professional journey so far; studying architecture in the United States, textile design in Italy, working as a d...

July 13, 2019

It has been many years since I have taught a workshop for children, but last year when Sue Walker of Yarn Hub (you can check out her website to see the amazing yarns she stocks!) taught a children's weaving course at Sturt Craft Centre's annual Winter school, I saw how...

July 3, 2019

Love, passion, courage, triumph, transcendence…there are eternal themes which are common to art across cultures and centuries. Another eternal theme, death, has been a source of inspiration to many artists and so it should perhaps not be so surprising that an organizat...

June 18, 2019

To watch with a slideshow of Leesha's work click on the image above, or to listen click here.

It is the best feeling in the world to see a student graduate and find their true path and the joy it brings me to see Leesha Arora, founder and creative director of Prune Indi...

June 2, 2019

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Some of you know me as a teacher & researcher, others as a tour leader or as a blogger and now pod-caster, but I am also a cancer survivor and while I don't feel that it is something which defines me in any way, it is somet...

May 15, 2019

So many textile stories, and particularly lace stories, are about women, their work and their often-unrecognized artistic contribution to their culture and their time. Thankfully some of these stories are collected and recorded by scholars allowing us a great insight i...

April 26, 2019

There are two very interesting competitions for lace makers on in Italy this year; I have translated the relevant information in this post.

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