EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN
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 sydneyfringe.com
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.