Developed by the Australian Design Centre (ADC), Sydney Craft Week debuts this October as a new annual initiative for the city’s crafters and makers. The event will include a program of market days, workshops, lectures and exhibitions at different venues all over Sydney.
Here are our top picks from this year’s program.
Free ceramics classes at The Pottery Shed
The Pottery Shed is opening to the public for drop-in tutorials for throwing on the wheel. Pottery wheels will be open to all, and clay and tools will be provided. Beginners lessons in wheel throwing will be demonstrated via video on loop. If you end up making something you’re happy with, you can have your clay finished and fired at the studio for $20 per piece.
October 9 and October 16, 10am–9pm
Australian Design Centre’s Makers Market
ADC’s own Makers Market – which has been open for two years – sells local wares and supports local makers.
You can expect to find beautiful ceramics, textiles and objects by makers such as Amy Tamblyn, Clay Canoe, Cloth Fabric, Little White Dish, Public Holiday, Tara Burke, Trade the Mark and Workshop 85 to name a few. Last year’s market drew a crowd, so get there early to nab the best of what’s on offer.
October 7, 10am–4pm
Crafty Dining On Foley
Crafty Dining On Foley is an interactive dining walk, a collaboration between Foley Street stores and Darlinghurst restaurants. Participating eateries include The Commons, Edition Roasters, Embers Mezze Bar, RivaReno and Pocket Bar(links). They have teamed up with ) shops including Fine Fellow, The Tribe, Spunky Bruiser, Studio Enti and Bermuda Black to create a menu of tasting dishes and matching beverages that complement each store’s aesthetic.
You’ll move from space to space tasting food and wine while hearing from the stores’ craftspeople about their practices. Dinner includes a cocktail on arrival and a RivaReno gelato to finish.
October 11, 6.30pm–9.30pm, $95
Bulay(i): Buku-Larrnggay Mulka and The Indigenous Jewellery Project
The Bulay(i) Project is an exhibition of contemporary Yolngu jewellery from north-east Arnhem Land. It’s on display at the Australian Design Centre for the duration of Sydney Craft Week.
The exhibition includes works from 40 Yolngu jewellers from Buku-Larrnggay Mulka (an Aboriginal-owned art centre in Yirrkala). The handcrafted, intricate contemporary jewellery uses extremely fine seed beads, shells and shark vertebrae.
October 6 to November 15 australiandesigncentre.com
Lumifold is a take on the origami sekkei technique – a form of mathematical and computational paper folding. Run by STEAMpop – a Sydney-based group running creative, interdisciplinary activities for people of all ages – the Lumifold experience incorporates mindfulness through an immersive approach.
STEAMpop will run three 90-minute Lumifold workshops at Snepo Fablab in Darlinghurst at which you can use your hands to construct an original paper Lumifold Lamp.
October 7, 2pm–3.30pm; October 8, 2pm–3.30pm, October 11, 6pm–7.30pm. Tickets are $20.
Sydney Craft Week runs from October 6 to October 15. The full program of events can be found at sydneycraftweek.com