Craft in Context
When you think about the phrase Craft in Context, you immediately start to think about the connections associated around handmade objects, the conditions of how they are made and where they are housed. There's a gamut of contemporary craft housed in public collections across Victoria, but would you know where and how to look for it?
Craft in Context is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in exploring Victoria's rich culture and craft history. It highlights the diversity, strength and focus of particular public craft collections around Victoria - providing virtual access to the who, what, when, where and why that have made contemporary craft such a vibrant part of Victorian creative life.
Individual collection listings explore the craft holdings and focus of the particular institution through a signature work, and include an organisational link providing biographical information about the institution, website links and location map to use for reference purposes.
An invaluable part of Craft in Context is the series of video and blog interviews providing insight into the studio practice of several prominent Victorian craftspeople, representing the mediums of ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles and wood. Within the interview sections, you are privy to the motivations, working processes, influences, and collection experiences of the selected makers. An offered opportunity to glean more about their respective studio practices than is usually divulged.
Essays have also been included as part of Craft in Context, written from an historical, organisational and prospective perspective. The essays by Grace Cochrane, Debbie Pryor and Jane Scott discuss the formative progression and expansion of contemporary Victorian Craft to present day, the importance of innovative and progressive practitioners open to assimilating new technologies, and the relevance and importance of contemporary craft as an ongoing resource for future generations.
If you are intrigued by considered craft, you're invited to explore and revel in the experimentation, motivations, technical prowess and mastery presented by the objects and makers contained within this resource and the collections and writers that champion them.
Experience Victorian craft in context and get a sense of the crafting of Victoria.
Craft in Context was collated by Craft Victoria with research undertaken by Tiffany Parbs, Jane Scott, Debbie Pryor and Hannah Sottie.
Craft Victoria continues to champion contemporary craft in it's role as a peak advocacy organisation for contemporary craft.