Thinking about making, Sydney Craft Week

By Penny Craswell

Some of you may know that since April I have been working at the Australian Design Centre. As part of this position, one of my major projects has been to work with the team on a new festival, Sydney Craft Week, which runs until 15 October (there’s still time to check out events over the next three days – see the program).

Woodblock textiles printed in India, Galeecha Cultural Textiles exhibition at UNSW Art & Design, curated by Liz Williamson. Image: courtesy UNSW Art & Design

While exploring how things are made has long been part of my thinking on this blog and in my other writings, it is only now, thanks to Sydney Craft Week, that I have rediscovered my own love of making. When I was a teenager I painted, made candles, dabbled in making mosaics and more. Now I’ve taken up drawing, painting, pottery and knitting and am keen to explore other crafts (all at an amateur level of course). Read more

Sydney Architecture Festival rejuvenated

By Penny Craswell

I had the pleasure of being on the Sydney Architecture Festival committee in 2012, although I ended up spending more time on the sub-project Super Sydney than I did on the festival proper. At the time, the festival needed a complete overhaul, but this was never achieved – until now.

Sydney Architecture Festival
Sydney Architecture Festival’s new logo designed by Nowhere Famous

The appointment of Timothy Horton as NSW Architects Registrar and a new committee, including architecture writer and editor Peter Salhani, is responsible for the change. “The festival is completely transformed, as nine-year-old festivals should be!” says Peter. “Tim has spearheaded a return to its roots as the torchbearer for World Architecture Day, which kicks off on the Final day of SAF’15. The four-day program (2–5 Oct) is short, sharp and rich – engaging both allied design professions and the public.” Read more