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Melbourne Charm School
Saturday, July 17, 2010 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EST)
The proliferation of social networks like Facebook raises questions about what distinguishes real friendships from the thousands online. The history of jewellery contains many examples of objects that have a power to protect, assist or curse. This workshop considers the charm as a source of luck, with various examples particularly in our region. Participants will have the opportunity to design a charm for a specific purpose. It may be an object to give a child going into hospital for the first time, or something worn secretly by someone going for an important job interview. It could have political meaning, such as a token of welcome to international students.
This workshop offers participants the opportunity to explore a growing trend in product development for ‘storied objects’. It will be one of a series of workshops presented around the region as part of the Southern Charms: New Power Jewellery Across the Pacific. It will be presented by Kevin Murray, curator, writer and Adjunct Professor at RMIT. This workshop is hosted in partnership with the Pieces of Eight jewellery gallery and Social Studio café and workshop.
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Sangam - the Australia India Design Platform
Craft Unbound continues the exploration of new developments in contemporary craft, particularly related to the movement of ‘poor craft’. ‘Poor craft’ is used here as a term to describe the creative strategy of using materials that have little or no value. It is a style that has been important in recent Australian contemporary craft, but resonates also with practices elsewhere, particularly in the South.