Vision & Inspiration

Surface design : Sheri McCulley

Surface design : Sheri McCulley

Sheri McCulley's art heroes are mid-century superstars - Betsey Clark, Mary Blair and Charles Schulz. "My inspiration comes from mid-century pop culture, classic stories and sayings, nursery rhymes, and the commercial art of my childhood. I always wanted to create art...

Surface design : Maze and Vale {Leslie Keating}

Surface design : Maze and Vale {Leslie Keating}

Leslie Keating of Maze and Vale is a serial creative, picking up ideas and inspiration from "absolutely everywhere. I try to keep track of them in a sketchbook, where I also keep a ridiculous number of lists of things to do and projects for consideration."  ...

Photography + Craft : Clemens Wirth

Photography + Craft : Clemens Wirth

Clemens Wirth swears he's not a wizard despite his red hair. But I have my doubts when I look at his miniature moving dioramas and  think about what has actually gone into making them. I think they're incredible.     An Austrian filmmaker and artist living...

The crafted object : Su Blackwell {papercut}

The crafted object : Su Blackwell {papercut}

Su Blackwell : papercuts In secret forests small creatures lie low and trees whisper their stories to each other through their leaves and branches. Light plays games of hide and seek with shadows as solitary wanderers search out their destinations. Birds sing quiet...

Surface design : Brie Harrison

Surface design : Brie Harrison

Brie Harrison is obsessed with her garden. So it's no wonder that her patterns are filled with bright, happy, colourful flowers. Oodles of them, in clear, scandi and folk-inspired shapes.     She is also obsessed with pattern. She received a degree...

Hot or Not? Wire Wrapped

Hot or Not? Wire Wrapped

Opinion : Wire wrapped jewellery has to be one of the most abused methods of construction known to metal craft. The plethora of ugly, misshapen abominations I endured while searching for good examples to show you meant that I searched through FIFTY PAGES on Etsy...

Photography : Matthew Ling

Photography : Matthew Ling

Matthew Ling loves a good illusion. When he was 8, he was given a disposable camera by his dad to take on a school trip to France. "I saw a postcard of the city I was in but shot from the air. I thought if I took a photograph of the postcard I could trick my folks...

Photography : Beata Czyzowska Young

Photography : Beata Czyzowska Young

Beata Czyzowska Young has a message for young photographers. "Expensive camera and expensive equipment is not gonna make you an artist... some of my most popular and most rewarded photos have been taken with a simple point and shoot camera.  "The thing is, when you're...

Surface design : Marina Molares

Surface design : Marina Molares

Born of a Spanish father and American mother, Marina Molares spent her childhood travelling the globe with her parents. Absorbing a world of customs and cultures, she grew and grew until she became too big for the earth so she built her own cosmos, and filled it with...

The crafted object : Mark O’Brien {cardboard}

The crafted object : Mark O’Brien {cardboard}

Mark O'Brien makes chickens. From cardboard. And cars,  guitars,  robots and shoes...     The Manchester-based illustrator who graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a degree in Graphic Arts chooses to work in cardboard for its accessibility, and...

Opinion : 3D printing and craft

Opinion : 3D printing and craft

Just how do 3D printing and craft fit together? Is it just a matter of using a virtual image or scanning in what you want and shoving a copy of that thing out of the printer? Or as many copies as you want out of the printer? And how is that craft?    {click image...

Surface design : Carolina Abarca

Surface design : Carolina Abarca

Carolina Abarca once had a career as a research scientist. After shifting countries several times in a few years with her husband and young family, she decided that being involved in research was problematic. "Every time we moved it was more difficult to advance my...

The crafted object : Sim Luttin {jewellery}

The crafted object : Sim Luttin {jewellery}

Australian jeweller Sim Luttin grew up wanting be an inventor. Time spent watching things being created by her grandfather tinkering in his shed and her scientist father had a profound and early influence on her. "I was encouraged to do things in a more labour...

Surface design : Tim Colmant

Surface design : Tim Colmant

When I asked graphic designer and pattern maker Tim Colmant where his inspiration came from, he replied "The Memphis movement, past, present and future." And so it is.  Flat colours in brights and pastels, meandering lines, dots and chunky shapes cover his surfaces -...

Photography : Blackcurrant Photography {Kell Rowe}

Photography : Blackcurrant Photography {Kell Rowe}

"I can spend an hour in a square metre of garden bed. I feel so driven to capture the tiny things that others ignore, it's almost a fear... what if nobody else ever photographs that plant? I have to make its life have been appreciated, if only for a moment."  ...

Surface design : Julia Grifol

Surface design : Julia Grifol

"Since I was a child I knew I wanted to be a designer. All my textbooks were filled with doodles, and I continuously imagined myself being a designer travelling all around the world. That passion and need to draw have been a constant throughout my life."    ...

The crafted object : Chris Taylor {ceramics}

The crafted object : Chris Taylor {ceramics}

Looking at Chris Taylor's multi-coloured vessels I am reminded of layers of wallpaper in an ancient house. Pattern on pattern over paint, in colours that are both rich and muted. And just like wallpaper, layers on layers bring with them ideas of process, and each...

Surface design : Katherine Scarritt

Surface design : Katherine Scarritt

Katherine Scarritt loves materials: wood, wool, acrylic paint. She loves how they feel in her hands, and is fascinated with how each material responds differently to various processes. More importantly, she is fascinated with how this affects the final product. "For...

The crafted object : Moshikoart {jewellery}

The crafted object : Moshikoart {jewellery}

I was a bit stumped for words when I first spotted the silver and resin jewellery of Moshiko Boshe (aka MoshikoArt). "Bright" and "colourful" didn't quite do it justice.     Based in Tel Aviv, Moshiko's work is kind of a wild hybrid between organic and...

Surface design : Mag-O {Angela Stevens}

Surface design : Mag-O {Angela Stevens}

Angela Stevens lives in Las Vegas. It sounds wild, but she explains, "It's a notorious vacation spot yet a quite peaceful place to call home."     Perhaps the constant busyness does have  some effect - Angela's patterns fill their space with energy, despite...

The crafted object : Cardboard Safari

The crafted object : Cardboard Safari

When Chris Jessee first interviewed Luis Rodrigalvarez to come on board his fledgling laser-cutting business building model kits for model train enthusiasts, Spanish-born Luis could barely speak English. Chris was dubious. But then Luis showed Chris his portfolio,...

The geometries of surface design : Claudia Owen

The geometries of surface design : Claudia Owen

I love how Claudia Owen plays with colour. Starting with classic, elegant geometrics, she breathes new life into them with details in clashing, vibrant hues of hot pink, yellow, green and orange.     Based in Canberra, Claudia first studied graphic design...

Surface design : RuseRoux {Yenty Jap}

Surface design : RuseRoux {Yenty Jap}

One of the biggest challenges Yenty Jap has had to face was figuring out how to make a classroom full of kindergarten kids sit still long enough so she could teach them about the computer.     Working as a graphic designer for many years, the kindergarten...