Design and the handmade: new options and opportunities

Design and the handmade: new options and opportunities – Wednesday 8 October – Part of the Object Space lecture serise.

Grace Cochrane will discuss the changing relationship between design and the handmade and the choices some Australian and NZ designers and makers, who are experienced in making one-off works, are making in relation to new options regarding material, processes and technologies, in putting their work into production. She poses the question: ‘What does it mean for those interested in the crafts, in these changing times?' and notes that it isn't the first time the crafts have been at this kind of turning point, in a changing society, and it's not the first time craftspeople have been close to the heart of changes in values – of materials and processes, and of functions and forms.
Dr Grace Cochrane is in New Zealand as the 2008 Portage Ceramics Award Judge. She is the Curator/Editor of Smart Works: Design and the Handmade at the Powerhouse Museum in 2007 and was formerly Senior Curator of Decorative arts and design at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

Wednesday 8 October, 6.15pm, Room WE 230 AUT campus.

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