Kevin Murray – Curator and Writer

What we make of our world

Nalda Searles and the poetics of infestation

With her needle and thread, Searles gathers native flora into forms that reflect the lives of those who dwell on the land. She embroiders clothes with leaves and seeds that lie scattered on the ground. She tells a story of love and courtship embellished with bush motifs. She translates the Indo-European language into antipodean nature. Searles overcomes us.

The Rame Rame issue of Garland #8

The Indonesian nation was founded on the five principles of Pancasila: divinity, humanism, nationalism, democracy and social justice. In 1945, the Indonesian President Sukarno reduced these to the fundamental principle of gotong royong, or mutual cooperation. This is the official story of values Indonesia presents to the world.

Kai Melbourne…

We’ve now adopted the custom of acknowledging traditional owners at public events. Might those of us living in Melbourne begin also to adopt the Wurundjeri salutation?

Love and Money – Garland goes to town

Editorial from Garland #7 – Love and Money

The journey home from the working week

Modern life has been geared around the regimentation of time through work. The nine to five, Monday to Friday, has become the universal machine for production. It was hard to think of life outside of this rhythm. Grab a coffee to kickstart the brain so you’re ready to go by 9am. And then it begins—the […]

Where is your village?

Introduction to Garland #6 A young girl called Pikul was pure of heart and spoke with a golden tongue. Tormented by her jealous stepmother, the angels took pity on her and granted her a blessing: every time she spoke, golden pikul flowers world fall from her mouth. Pikul was forced to talk by her stepmother […]

Trading Tales: Narrative Design in Craft

E-commerce has potential to become a new platform for the traditional stories that have connected us together over milenia. India is leading the way.

Hope’s arrow: The origins of East West Meet

I was in Isfahan for the General Assembly of the World Crafts Council, where I was representing my country of birth, Australia. I had to pay my own way, but I thought this was a unique opportunity to be shown around city claimed to be “half the world”. Looking at the press coverage during the […]

An orchid in the desert – the lacquer journey of Bic Tieu

Catalogue essay for Bic Tieu, Australian artist who was trained in lacquer by Japanese masters.

Craft in Australia: let’s not forget the real value of the handmade

With the possibility of technology taking over our jobs, now is the perfect time to remind ourselves of the value of Australian craft culture, and the beauty of the handmade. In his budget reply speech in May 2015, Bill Shorten claimed that “coding is the literacy of the 21st century.” With the possibility of technology […]

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