To complement the seasonal issue of Garland every three months, enjoy these ‘threads’ that appear every day or so.


What Daniel Blake won’t sell - Ken Loache's film, I, Daniel Blake, depicts the struggle for dignity in the face of inhuman bureaucracy. In one rearguard gesture, Daniel Blake refuses to sell an object he has handmade for a neighbour's boy.
For love or money? – A call for works - What happens when an artwork is specified as “Not for Sale”? What are the reasons for refusing to exchange the work for money? Our June #7 issue we will consider not just what we make, but also why we make. Do we make to put bread on the table every day, with the prospect of […]
Narrative design – Learnings from India - Following issue #5 of Garland magazine, a series of events in India brought experts together to reflect on the role of storytelling in craft practice today. There was special interest in the role of new media, such as video, websites and e-commerce in offering space for narrative development. We learnt that the “story” was often […]
Garland #6 – Where’s your village? - For the March 2017 issue, we journey to Southeast Asia. We discovered two things about Thailand. First, three out of every four people live in a village, which continues to be an important source of inspiration and faith for designers and artists. But isn’t urbanisation inevitable? These stories help us reconsider the role of the […]
Love or Money? A maker discussion about models for postcapitalist creativity - We are hosting an event during the Castlemaine State Festival on Sunday 19 March 11 am – 3 pm to discuss lived experiences of craft-making and creative practice. The venue will be Growing Abundance, cnr of Templeton and Barker streets, in their community garden area (enter through Growing Abundance). Our discussion will form the basis of an article for the June issue of Garland magazine. We are keen to draw together a range of creative practitioners who can contribute to a discussion about surviving and growing in their practices—what methods, workarounds, relationships etc. make it possible to work, and live, as they do.
Launch of Thai issue in Melbourne - Join the crowd! Garland is very pleased to welcome you to the special launch of our Thai issue #6.  Saturday 18 March 2017, 3-4pm Craft Victoria 31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. RSVP by 13 March – Facebook or marigold(at) 
A helping hand for Aasha Ram - From Sandra Bowkett… I first meet Aasha Ram in 2015 while taking footage for a film a day in the life of Kumhaargram, he and his wife Sombati Devi are making the big water pots with the TV in the background. On subsequent visits, we meet. After the Crosshatched Tour last year I revisited their […]
New Homes for Old Stories – Symposium/workshop in Mumbai, 5 February - A symposium/workshop, 5 February 2017, 3-6pm Artisans Gallery, Mumbai To coincide with issue #5 of Garland magazine, a discussion and workshop will be conducted on the nature of storytelling through objects. This will involve a review of the traditional stories attached to objects and the new platforms emerging in e-commerce. The challenge is to find […]
My Village Makes… - Your own village means that you’re not alone, that you know there’s something of you in the people and the plants and the soil, that even when you are not there it waits to welcome you. Cesare Pavese In mapping handmade creativity in the broader Asia-Pacific, it is not enough just to cover the major […]
Issue #5 – @India - Thanks to your support, the first Garland was launched exactly a year ago today. We hope you’ve enjoyed the journey thus far. Now we venture to India with a feast of articles to engage your eye and mind.The centrepiece is a quarterly essay about Sandra Bowkett by our new laureate Andrew Stephens, which explores how a […]