Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Janita Singh

A NEW gen­er­a­tion of ar­ti­sans is re­viv­ing the arts and crafts of yes­ter­year and the craze even has a name: craft­ma­nia.

Many be­lieve the rise of crafts such as cro­chet, macrame, sewing, knit­ting and rag twist­ing re­flects a de­sire to re­assert in­di­vid­u­al­ity in a cul­ture of mass-pro­duced goods.

In an era where tech­nol­ogy has over­taken our lives, peo­ple turn to craft for san­ity, ac­cord­ing to Gil­lian Brooks and Romana To­son of The Creatory.

“Craft is also a great way to re­cy­cle/up­cy­cle things con­sid­ered waste as many peo­ple want to live more sus­tain­ably,’’ To­son says.

The Creatory, a craft and de­sign shop in Sum­mer Hill, will show­case some of the latest craft trends dur­ing the Syd­ney Fringe Fes­ti­val in Septem­ber.

The Fringe has in­cluded craft mas­ter­classes for the first time to meet de­mand.

To­son and Brooks will host Crafternoon – Post­cards from the Fringe, an op­por­tu­nity to make post­cards with old stamps and thread, and Hello Petal, where they in­vite peo­ple to sub­mit art or craft with flo­ral theme.

Also at the fes­ti­val will be Jodie Banasik who makes resin but­ton jew­ellery and home­ware un­der the la­bel But­ton Up De­signs.

“I have a sus­tain­able fo­cus and use items such as old com­put­ers, tele­phones, even or­ganic and raw ma­te­ri­als such as Hi­malayan pink rock salt and black chia seeds in the col­lec­tion,’’ she says.

Her new range of resin trin­ket bowls and plat­ters will hit the mar­ket later this year.

“It’s a very eth­i­cal way of turn­ing some­thing old into bold … it’s in­spir­ing to see a rise in hand­made with more fo­cus on up­cy­cling.’’

Other ses­sions in­clude the In­ner West Women’s Shed rag twist­ing class, a work­shop on mak­ing flow­ers out of pop tape (gaffer tape), the Stacks of Wax can­dle mak­ing mas­ter­class and a work­shop with queen of tea cosies, Loani Prior.

Artist de­tails and pro­gram at syd­

Crafty cro­chet comes alive at the Syd­ney De­sign Fes­ti­val’s Tea­col­ogy ses­sion.

From left: Jodie Banasik of But­ton Up De­signs with her resin range, Loani Prior tea cosies and The Creatory’s de­sign work are part of the Syd­ney Fringe Fes­ti­val.

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