Wed, 11 May 2022

Happy Wednesday Craft lovers, 

 Delightful cool weather is here, and we are getting closer and closer to Beanies and Triennale - spread the word.  We have another JamFactory Artist in Residence joining us this month, please make Sarra welcome. 

I’m an Indian/Australian artist originally from Naarm, currently based at JamFactory, Tarntanya.   My practice has a foundation in metalwork, looking at the re-interpretation of ancient manual processes in the modern world. Physically I make functional, sculptural, and wearable objects that play with the intersections of art, craft and design, highlighting their boundaries and limitations. My work looks at belonging, cultural displacement, and colonisation. I encourage the influence of others and acknowledge their important role in the outcome of my work.   While at Central Craft, I’m researching adornment in Indigenous culture, looking at the intrinsic link between land, people, and objects. I’m interested in ‘traditional’ materials used in jewellery and ceremonial objects and in what ways the objects are an expression of identity, place, and culture.   I use materials that are available in my immediate environment, for reasons of process and personal relationships. For this body of work, I’ve collected metal from discarded vehicles in remote parts of Australia. The other material I’m using is clay and I’ll be drawing on Central Craft’s large community of ceramicists to inform and develop this part of my work. I’m particularly intrigued by the integration of clay with silver and copper as a way of texturising and decorating. Since being here, I’ve become fascinated by ‘the bead’ and beading as a process, which has led me to experiment with beadworking techniques using electrical wiring and other found materials.   As the inclusion of other hands and voices is integral to the outcome of my work, the finished pieces will be somewhat shaped by Central Craft’s community.   In developing this work I aim to gain greater clarity on my position as an Indian/Australian woman living in a colonial world, and how I can effectively communicate my position through the objects I make. The outcome will be exhibited in December 2022. Sarra Tzijan @sarra_tzijan  

Join Sarra for an Artist's Talk for more about her practice head to TZIJAN  Sunday 22 May 11.00am at the studio - Free


Beyond... One Mind  6-27 May  Four artists describe the world of reality and the mysterious worlds beyond.

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The 2022 Beanie Festival Workshop Program can be found online.
Join us again for old favourites and new adventures in textiles.  Book here

Introduction to Ceramics with Paul Hayes 
Thursdays 6.30pm-8.30pm, 26 May - 23 June Book here

Paperclay with Paul Hayes
Tuesday 6.30pm-8.30pm, 31 May - 21 June Book here

Straight Lines and Open Curves: wheel-throwing basics with Staci Crutchfield
Sunday 1.00pm-4.00pm, 29 May - 10 July Book here

Clay Unwind with Staci Crutchfield
Monday 6.00pm-9.00pm, 23 May - 27June Book here

Got an idea for a workshop you think would suit our program?

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Sell your work in our shop - Did you know that members are eligible to sell work in our shop on commission? Email for more information on how to become a craft seller with us. 

Registrations are now open for the Apmere Mparntwe Marketplace When? Saturday 23 July 2022 How? Email for more information Limited places are available. 

We are promoting NT Design and Craft - elevate your work with us. 

We're working on a new website page dedicated to promoting Central Australian craft and design - have a look at it by clicking here. If you'd like traffic directed to your website then send us high-quality JPEGs of your work, links to your website or social media, and an artist bio here's a link to a google doc you can fill in. This is open to all Central Australian designers and craftspeople. This is in line with our organisational aims.

Need some help? Let us know and we can arrange assistance with getting your work photographed, setting you up with an Instagram or other social media - contact

·         As a member-based organisation, Central Craft aims to:

·         build the visibility of contemporary craft and design from the Northern Territory.

·         exhibit high-quality craft and design to local, regional, and international audiences.

·         engage and educate individuals and groups in craft and design practice.

·         improve the viability of emerging and professional craft and design practitioners.

·         build strong cross-cultural partnerships to create opportunities for innovation in craft and design practice.

·         enhance the reputation of the Northern Territory as a significant centre for contemporary craft and design.

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Sustainable Couture Parade and Marketplace 2022
Sunday 26 June 2022 1:30pm-4:30pm Marketplace: from 1.30pm Opening Night Parade. 3.00pm Sharp. Outdoors at the Central Australia Aviation Museum - Alice Springs.
Location Central Australian Aviation Museum Memorial Avenue, Alice Springs, NT, Araluen Northern Territory 0870
Tickets are available online and from Central Craft or Red Kangaroo Books. 
Pop Up Marketplace - Post Parade: Mon 27 June to Sun 3 July 10.00am to 2.00pm at the Residency 12 Parsons St, Alice Springs, Visit Sustainable Couture at

MUGS ON MUGS CALL OUT! Mparntwe has a thriving ceramics community with established and emerging artists from many corners of the desert. The Australian Ceramics Triennale, Apmere Mparntwe presents a rare opportunity for ceramicists from across the country, from total beginners to the most experienced makers, to come together as a community and give back to the traditional owners of this place.   Mugs on Mugs is an opportunity for you to make and donate a mug, which will be exhibited and sold at @bathhouse_studios during the Triennale. We encourage you to put a mug (portrait) on your mug! This can be interpreted however you like.   All proceeds will go to the Strong Grandmothers of the Central Desert. A group of Aboriginal grandmothers who are advocating for kids in country, not in custody, and are worried for their grandchildren's safety on the streets and in the youth justice system.   Anyone can get involved! You don’t have to be in Mparntwe.
This is how:  
1. Make a mug! It can be any shape, size and style. Put a portrait on the mug. It could be someone you admire, your dog, an imaginary creature, the person next door, or even an inanimate object.  
2. Submit your mug! Mugs can be posted or delivered in-person to Mugs on Mugs at 12 Giles St, East Side NT 0870. Include your name, phone number and a suggested sale price. The DEADLINE is 15 JUNE 2022.  
3. Tell everyone you know! Share this post!
Contact Em Frank 0412 262 327 Ness Sim 0451 010 269 @mugs.on.mugs The Australian Ceramics Triennale, Apmere Mparntwe July 19 – 23, 2022 Mugs on Mugs will feature in this year's Australian Ceramics Triennale, Apmere Mparntwe. Stay tuned for more details!

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