What does our craft-making say about us? What does our creative practice allow us to express? How does this form our individual identity in society

You’re invited to join this conversation, as Sai-Wai Foo discusses these questions and others with Aaron Billings, Tantri Mustika, and Chenai Mupotsa-Russell in light of their creative practices and lived experience.

Suitable for ages 16 and above.

Sai-Wai Foo
Sai-Wai Foo is a Malaysian-born Chinese, Naarm/Melbourne-based early-career artist. Her training in fashion design influences and informs her practice through technique, finish and materials. Sai-Wai is a Bricoleur who collects discarded and redundant items and gives them a new life through her sculptural practice. Working mainly in paper and textiles, Foo’s materiality prompts viewers to consider discarded materials and to reconsider how things are used in our over-curated and insatiable consumer society. Her pieces invite a more intimate engagement, due to their scale and delicacy.

Aaron Billings
Aaron Billings is a comic and textile artist working out of Pink Ember studio in Coburg. He is interested in embroidery, screen printing, repairing and reforming.

Tantri Mustika 
Tantri Mustika is a Melbourne-based ceramicist who makes a range of unique and colourful ceramics. Tantri’s current collections of work incorporate the use of meticulously hand-stained and marbled clays that mimic characteristics of natural stones. This technique combined with age-old hand-building methods and unexpected use of colour, come together to create a collection of sophisticated, yet exciting forms that can be used and admired in everyday life. Tantri is currently creating works in small batches. Each and every piece finishes with no pair identical and is unique in patterning and colour due to the techniques and processes used.

Chenai Mupotsa-Russell 
Chenai Mupotsa-Russell is the founder of Rainbow Muse and board member of Mossfolk. Chenai works in Mental Health and Art therapy, coming from a background in Community Development. Chenai is interested in working with art, imagination, creativity and play.

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Craft Contemporary

A festival exploring how craft is evolving in the 21st century
1 - 31 October 2021