Garland magazine

The stories behind what we make


Nancy Margried writes about a new technology for assisting artisans in expanding their traditional designs.
Sabrina Sakina writes about the symbiotic arrangement between Bandung designer Arlene Dwiasti Soemardi and local craftsperson Pak Epi and his weaver Andre
Dewi Sartika Bukit describes a photography project that aims to inspire a new generation to admire the distinct ulos weaving tradition of Tono Batak.
Hanny Kusumawati profiles master batik artist Zahir Widadi, who preserves the local wisdom of natural-dyed batik from his modest home workshop in Pekalongan.
Geneviève Duggan and Icesarlince Tededara write about a matrilineal culture, where women wear their history. The challenges of COVID-19 contained the gift of time, thanks to the Tewuni rai Foundation.
Guy Keulemans advocates for the use of timber, particularly with new technologies that preserve the structural integrity of the wood.
Alexandra Crosby catches up with Singgih Kartono in the village of Kandangan to find out how they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Carla van Lunn collaborates with the creator of striking bold Madurese batik.

See a list of all articles from our Pembaharu ✿ Java issue here.

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OVOP Senegal success stories: Jute bag from Espace Beauté Yagora - Joseph Ndione is proud of the craft produced by a Senegal company with the support of the One Village One Product platform.
Laila Al Hamad ✿ The craft of smell - Kuwaiti designer Laila Al Hamad speaks about the meaning of smell in Arab cultures and how it connects people together.
Kasih Project ✿ Delivered with love, Indonesia style - Lachlan Blain finds a community initiative that takes the Indonesian spirit of dapur umum, temporary kitchen, to help international students currently stranded in Melbourne.
Kasia Tons ✿ After - Valerie Kirk writes about an artist who used embroidery as a diary to record a lost world that may be our future.
A village delivered to your home: Report from the Selvedge World Fair - Helen Ting finds new ways to showcase cloth-making traditions in a pioneering festival.
Maryann Sebasio ✿ Warup drum from Erub island - Our September laurel goes to Torres Strait islander, Maryann Sabiso, who has produced a handsome warup wooden drum that accompanies ceremony and song in her island of Erub.

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Elsewhere in the wider world…

Current exhibitions

The Computer Pays Its Debt: Women, Textiles, and Technology, 1965-1985
The Center for Craft (Asheville, North Carolina)
3 August - 9 October 2020
Crafted Roots: Stories and Objects from the Appalachian Mountains
The Center for Craft (Asheville, North Carolina)
4 August - 23 October 2020
After - Kasia Tons
Craft ACT (Canberra)
24 August - 17 October 2020
A/US - Melissa Cameron
Bridget Kennedy Projectspace (Sydney)
3 September - 26 September 2020
Peta Kruger - Used
Jam Factory (Adelaide)
2 October - 22 November 2020


Upcoming talks

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Future major events

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