Celebrating contemporary artisans working across craft, food and trades, you’ll enjoy fascinating demonstrations, drop in activities and enticing digital content as you meet the personalities who embrace traditional crafts presenting them in innovative and exciting ways.
Focusing on goods produced by non-industrialised methods, often handed down through generations but now in danger of being lost, Artisan Encounters will encourage discussion and conversation around old and new, past and present, place and provenance.
Join us as we delve into sustainable practices and reviving traditional methods and techniques.
Meet the artisans who have been participating in this program below:
Watch the artisans at work
Libby Moore, Thread Folk
Libby is a self taught fibre artist, focusing mostly on hand embroidery. She creates modern embroidery patterns and kits through her business, Thread Folk, and also teaches embroidery and punch needle workshops around Australia.
Catriona Pollard, fibre artist
By transforming organic material into sculptures, Catriona Pollard is investigating the battle humans have between controlling nature and seeing ourselves in harmony with it.
Kristen Allan, cheesemaker
Sydney-based cheesemaker Kristen Allan was the first Artisan featured in this program. Learning from producers using traditional techniques, Kristen has a passion for preserving artisan methods and making cheese with a truly hands-on approach.
Levi Pendlebury, blacksmith
Levi started blacksmithing by volunteering at Nurrangingy's blacksmith hut at 14 years of age. Here Gordon Blackwell taught him the basics of blacksmithing while demonstrating to a large audience.
Make at home
Embroidered Christmas ornaments
This festive season, jump on the new-wave craft bandwagon and learn how to embroider with a project inspired by Sydney Living Museums’ collection. Libby Moore from Thread Folk guides you through the steps of creating three ornaments to adorn your Christmas tree.