Artisan Encounters

We invite you to explore the rich history of Sydney Living Museums’ properties through the unique program Artisan Encounters.

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:


 


Meet the artisans

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. 

Learn more about Libby

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.

Learn more about Catriona

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.

Learn more about Kristen

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.

Learn more about Levi


Past highlights

Forge with anvil.

Artisan Encounters at Elizabeth Farm

Blacksmith Levi Pendlebury was the second artisan featured in the Artisan Encounters program. During this event Levi lit the forge and demonstrated to visitors various forging methods like twisting, bending, cutting and for the more curious crowds hardening and tempering. Levi also talked about the history of blacksmithing and its relevance today.

Alongside Levi’s demonstrations we had a paper-based drop-in activity that was connected to his blacksmithing practice.

Where:

Elizabeth Farm

Bookings:

Bookings have now closed

Included with general admission. 

Adult $15, Child/Concession $12, Family $38, Free for SLM Members and children under 5 years

We recommend that you pre-purchase your general admission tickets.

Two woven basket sculptures.

Artisan Encounters at Vaucluse House

Catriona Pollard’s unique sculptural work offers glimpses of shapeshifting natural forms, from unnoticed branches, leaves and seedpods into works that investigate our personal connection with the natural world.  

For this program, Catriona created her abstract sculptures engaging traditional basketry and assemblage techniques using only foraged and discarded plant material.

Alongside Catriona’s demonstrations we had large-scale garden looms set up in the grounds of Vaucluse House where families contributed to create a collaborative artwork using natural fibres and foliage. 

Part of Sydney Craft Week

Where:

Vaucluse House

Bookings

Bookings have now closed

Included with general admission. 

Adult $15, Child/Concession $12, Family $38, Free for SLM Members and children under 5 years

We recommend that you pre-purchase your general admission tickets.