Combining craft philosophies, methodologies and materials with new and existing technologies, craftspeople are at the forefront of exciting developments in contemporary craft practice. Through their experimental and sensitive approach to making, these artists are creating new materials, expanding the possibilities of various technologies, and contributing to a new interpretation of the handmade in craft.

This event is part of Melbourne Design Week an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.

Alterfact is an experimental design studio created by Lucile Sciallano and Ben Landau. Alterfact’s practice is currently focused on the use of 3D printing in clay as a small batch manufacturing process. They push the boundaries of this traditionally plastic-based medium, and play with its connotations of utilitarianism and gimmickry, as it moves into a feasible reality. 

Bin Dixon-Ward uses CAD and 3D printing to explore the links between the geometry of buildings and contemporary jewellery. She references architectural elements in her work, explaining “I am using the same tools that are used to design buildings to design jewellery but on a different scale”.

Michaela Pegum’s current work explores experiences that hover on the thresholds of knowledge and mystery and how these experiences can be expressed in material form. She is particularly interested in in the resonance that is created between art object and beholder, and the generation of new and unique materials.

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