“Everywhere it’s the same, and everywhere it’s different: two hands with five fingers each (and other body parts), and a continuous loop of string”

Over time, Garland is gathering a creative community across the Indo-Pacific. This page is where you can stay in the loop with updates from events, artists, makers and writers we have featured. 

How much has your year been worth? Bridget Kennedy exhibition - Our Love and Money issue identified the importance of non-monetary value in what we make. One of the themes emerging from the Garland journey is the value of labour in its own terms, not only as an expression of love but also as a way of thinking and being together. The challenge posed by this […]
Green Touch: Asia Eco Craft Design Exhibition - “”   Green Touch: Asia Eco Craft Design Exhibition explores the philosophy and implementation of eco design in contemporary craftsmanship. Highlighting the spirits of “local sourcing” and “hand making” within the context of traditional crafts development, the exhibition tackles eco-friendly ideas in contemporary craftsmanship such as material research, production technology, development of multiple functions, as […]
How to Make a Necklace from a Chair – Sarah Read - One of New Zealand’s most interesting jewellers, Sarah Read has created a performance practice which explores the value of labour. In this project, she is stringing the polystyrene beads from a bean bag into an epic necklace form. It’s the kind of challenge you might imagine South Koreans like Yujin Eugénie Moon would appreciate. As automation removes our […]
Cutting knowledge at Harvard - It's interesting to see Harvard University initiate this project on the craft basis of knowledge. This video offers a preview of "cutting" as a way of understanding how we make a world, deconstructing our philosophical concepts into material processes.
One brooch, one ring: Beijing International Jewellery Art Exhibition by Jun Xie - With the global rise of China comes its growing cultural and artistic influence. The recent international exhibition of art jewellery in Beijing is testament to their ambition. This could be a positive force for the region's craft and design communities.
Stephen Bowers on “The Waratah in Applied Art and in Literature” - The mission of art to create a sense of place is certainly not new, even to a settler-nation like Australia. After Federation, there was an intense competition to identify the national flora. In the end, the wattle was victorious over the waratah. Understanding the intensity of interest in the unique nature of Australia more than a century ago is important to the challenges faced today, in maintaining cultural identity of a nation flooded with global memes 24/7.
The Philosophy Pop-Up Shop - Regular Garland contributor Tessa Laird has teamed up with a collaborator to develop a very Melbourne exhibition of philosophical objects. 
Xocolatlummm: Wearable chocolate from Colombia - Our friend Ana Berrio shares another remarkable project of Colombian street jewellery. For Joya Barcelona recently, she made a cart decorated in typical style and sold body ornaments made from chocolate for  €10 each. Xocolatlummm included artists Titi Berrio, Alejandra Ferrer and Liliana Molina. Check the Instagram account: A post shared by xocolatlummm (@xocolatlummm) on Oct […]
Talafungani Vea Garland ✿ Auckland: 9 December 2017 - Join us for the launch of Te Moana nui a Kiwa in Auckland Saturday 9 December 2017: 4-6:30pm Objectspace 13 Rose Rd Grey Lynn Auckland Come along to launch Garland #9, featuring an online exhibition curated by Luisa Tora. Lots of karakia, garlanding, poems and talanoa. Facebook event.
Garland ✿ Ōtautahi Christchurch: 7-8 December 2017 - Garland launch The Te Moana Nui a Kiwa issue of Garland magazine will be launched as part of Christchurch’s First Thursday program. Join us at the opening of Warp & Weft, curated by Audrey Baldwin, at Dilana Rugs,  Thursday, 7 December, from 5:30pm 102 Buchan Street, Sydenham, Ōtautahi Christchurch   Garland forum Join the editor […]