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F!NK Fostering Design

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Designer Robert Foster, principal of F!NK and Co. with his signature Water Jug, in production since 1994. Photo: Damian McDonald
Opening 6pm Thursday 29 May and continues until Sunday 6 July 2008

Curated by Merryn Gates, this exhibition brings to light the role of Robert Foster as the master designer and craftsman of F!NK, who fosters partnerships with emerging Australian designers. The exhibition features products in the F!NK range designed by Robert Foster and the many talented designers he has worked with under the F!NK brand.

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, CIVIC
Open: 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Friday and 12noon-4pm Saturday and Sunday
www.craftact.org.au

Re-Fab

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Carly Prowse, The Owl Walks (animation still), 2007, recycled textiles. Photo: courtesy of the artist
Opening 6pm Wednesday 9 April. On display from Monday 7 to Thursday 24 April 2008

Craft ACT in partnership with the Belconnen Gallery presents Re-fab curated by Craft ACT curatorial intern Mim Kelly. The Belconnen Gallery is transformed into a temporary centre for rehabilitated fabric, featuring installations, stop-animations, tapestries and woven forms from pre-loved clothing and home-wares. Artists: Sally Blake, Mog Bremner, Monique van Nieuwland, Carly Prowse, Julie Ryder

SPECIAL EVENT Craft ACT & Green Threads
In conjunction with the opening of Re-fab, youth environmental collective Green Threads invite you to join Clothes Swap-a-rama. Enjoy the thrill of swapping rather than buying good quality garments!

Belconnen Gallery, Crn Chandler St & Swanson Crt Belconnen
Open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri

Margaret Brown

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Opening 6pm Thursday 3 April and continues until Sunday 18 May 2008

South coast ceramicist Margaret Brown has created complete tea sets from porcelain including the pot, caddie and strainer. Working with the very white Southern Ice Porcelain she carves motifs into her thrown forms and employs a range of new glazes.

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, CIVIC
Open: 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Friday and 12noon-4pm Saturday and Sunday
www.craftact.org.au

Akie Haga

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Akie Haga, glass earrings, 2007, glass, sterling silver. Photo: courtesy of the artist.
Opening 6pm Thursday 3 April and continues until Sunday 18 May 2008

Abi Howells presents exquisite tapestry works to coincide with the 2008 Tapestry Conference at the Australian National University.

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, CIVIC
Open: 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Friday and 12noon-4pm Saturday and Sunday
www.craftact.org.au

Abi Howells

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Abi Howells. Photo: courtesy of the artist
Opening 6pm Thursday 3 April and continues until Sunday 18 May 2008

Abi Howells presents exquisite tapestry works to coincide with the 2008 Tapestry Conference at the Australian National University.

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, CIVIC
Open: 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Friday and 12noon-4pm Saturday and Sunday
www.craftact.org.au

The Border

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The Border (image 1), 2007. Photo: Jas Hugonnet
Opening 6pm Thursday 3 April and continues until Sunday 18 May 2008

The Border draws our attention to connection we have with what could be termed base forms; for example a bowl, vase, basket, platter etc, and the way in which artists imbue ideas into these forms expressing emotional and material qualities.

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, CIVIC
Open: 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Friday and 12noon-4pm Saturday and Sunday
www.craftact.org.au

Tidal Zone

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Sally Brown, Strand bench seat (detail), found rope and timber, stainless steel. Photo: Peter Whyte
Opening 6pm Thursday 3 April and continues until Sunday 18 May 2008

A touring exhibition from the Design Centre – Tasmania showcasing contemporary Tasmanian furniture and object design which explores the edge that delineates an Island’s geographical space.

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, CIVIC
Open: 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Friday and 12noon-4pm Saturday and Sunday
www.craftact.org.au

Shuji Yamazaki

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Shuji Yamazaki, God of Wind and God of Thunder electric lamp, 2006, pine, lacquer. Photo: Creative Image Photography.
Opening 6pm Thursday 7 February and continues until Sunday 20 March 2008

Shuji Yamazaki showcases his handmade lamps and tea light holders drawing on his Japanese heritage, as both inspiration and motif.

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, CIVIC
Open: 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Friday and 12noon-4pm Saturday and Sunday
www.craftact.org.au

Tae Schmeisser

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Tae Schmeisser, Wires (detail). Photo: courtesy of the artist
Opening 6pm Thursday 7 February and continues until Sunday 20 March 2008

Jewellery and object designer Taƫ Schmeisser presents a new suite of jewellery that is constructed with the body in mind and uses elements that reference the landscape.

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, CIVIC
Open: 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Friday and 12noon-4pm Saturday and Sunday
www.craftact.org.au

Trish Roan

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Trish Roan, 2 Things (detail), 2005, seed pod, found object. Photo: courtesy of the artist
Opening 6pm Thursday 7 February and continues until Sunday 20 March 2008

Trish Roan presents a mixed media installation incorporating found objects and glass that focuses on the processes of transference and transformation. In essence, a collection of objects exploring the trace of an event, while acknowledging time and the capacity of an object to hold and to give.

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, CIVIC
Open: 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Friday and 12noon-4pm Saturday and Sunday
www.craftact.org.au

The Interview

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Jaimi Kark, The Trousseau Collection, 2006. Photo: Esther Murray
Opening 6pm Thursday 7 February and continues until Sunday 20 March 2008

Fashion designer Jaimi Kark, a recent graduate from Canberra Institute of Technology, presents new works destined for limited production under the guidance of Susan Taylor, proprietor of Department of the Exterior, a contemporary fashion boutique in Canberra.

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, CIVIC
Open: 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Friday and 12noon-4pm Saturday and Sunday
www.craftact.org.au

1839 Exchanges: Jewellery by Jason Hall

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: Jason Hall, Turning the Table, 2007, stained bone, silver. Photo: courtesy of the artist
Opening 6pm Thursday 7 February and continues until Sunday 20 March 2008

Hall examines the relationship between contemporary jewellery, identity and historical responsibility in NZ (Aotearoa). He draws a parallel with the tension that sits at the heart of settler societies around the question of native and indigenous rights, and how settlers might construct a convincing claim of belonging to a land they have stolen. A touring exhibition from New Zealand.

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, CIVIC
Open: 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Friday and 12noon-4pm Saturday and Sunday
www.craftact.org.au

Fashion and Art by Jo Pickup

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Jo Pickup Fashion Designs. Photo: Ivan Shaw.
Opening from 6:30pm Friday 1 February. On display Saturday 2 February and Sunday 3 February 2008

Craft ACT and local boutique Department of the Exterior present a whirlwind event showcasing the latest clothing collection and art of Perth based designer Jo Pickup. Merging fashion and art, the evening features Pickup’s winter 2008 clothing range and a collection of her recent paintings, available in Canberra for one weekend only!

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, CIVIC
Open: 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Friday and 12noon-4pm Saturday and Sunday
www.craftact.org.au

Mamana Mamanta (Gradual Friendship) by Luna Ryan and Jock Puautjimi

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Luna Ryan, Vision of a Fragile Eden Series (detail), 2007, kiln cast recycled television screens. Photo: Creative Image Photography
Opening 6pm Friday 25 January 2008. On display from Monday 14 January and continues until Sunday 27 January 2008

A collaborative exhibition of cast glass by Luna Ryan and Jock Puautjimi stemming from an initial workshop conducted by Ryan at Tiwi Designs on Bathurst Island.

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, CIVIC
Open: 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Friday and 12noon-4pm Saturday and Sunday
www.craftact.org.au