Garland ✿ Ancient Now

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Luise Guest listens to ceramic artists who draw on the unique energies of Jingdezhen, including Geng Xue, Liu Jianhua, Juz Kitson and Merran Esson.
Leigh McKinnon writes about the revival of skills from Hong Kong involved in the new Bendigo dragon
Dale Cox leads us into his alternative history of ancient Chinese artefacts found in an Australian paddock
Lacquer is a gift of the ancients that is largely forgotten today. There is an inspiring future for lacquer in the work of Takuya Tsutsumi, in partnership with an Australian surfboard maker.

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The upcoming issue is The Stans. Submissions for the Foreign Correspondence online exhibition is due 17 August.

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Melissa Cameron ✿ Jewellery at our feet - The use of found materials can focus our minds on the world at our feet. Melissa Cameron's new work, Marfa TX, turns this moment into singular jewellery.
Al Sadu ✿ A craft tradition goes solar - Is this a future for craft traditions? Interwoven is a Chinese proposition to design a solar system that reflects the design traditions of the Al Sadu tribal rug.
Mikio Toki ✿ Takoshi kites keep hope afloat - Our pursuit of beautiful and thoughtful objects can take us far beyond the gallery. From kite-maker Mikio Toki, we learn that art taken to the skies can be a powerful way of giving thanks.
Rough translation: The language of materials in three exhibitions - Brian Parkes reflects on the material translations that occur across three exhibitions at CraftACT.
Rong Design Library ✿ Deconstructing craft for design - The Rong Design library "deconstructs" crafts for contemporary designers. It shows respect for traditional Chinese crafts, but what about the artisans who have cared for this knowledge?
Philip Noakes ✿ Silver from the West - The history of West Australian jewellery is well served by Dorothy Erickson, who has just published another substantial book on one of its leading exponents.

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