australian makers

by Grace Bonney

I can’t get enough of the fantastic makers-type videos circulating the web these days. Not only do they make for great film, but each of these special looks at artists/artisans also gives you a better idea of what it’s like to dedicate your life to a skill or craft that takes a lot of time, energy and artistic vision. It can be easy to disconnect the maker from his or her product, and it’s that separation that often leads people to question the cost of handmade goods. But I think it’s videos like these that are crucial to helping people understand the labor and love that go into these items and their accompanying price tags. The very excellent Dumbo Feather Magazine in Melbourne is making some excellent videos of Australian artists and artisans, and Marc from the magazine was kind enough to send these over. No matter what part of the world you’re living in, getting to know and understand artists like this is such an important part of supporting the creative community. I hope you’ll enjoy these little peeks at some of my favorite makers (Andrew McDonald, Abigail Forsyth and Vincent Moon*) from their series. Click here to check out more. xo, grace

*Vincent isn’t Australian, but he is the founder of the amazing Take Away Shows series shot in Paris. He expanded to shoot performances from tribes and small villages around the world, including Australia. If you’ve never seen his Take Away Shows, be prepared to lose your entire day looking through the archives.

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  • What talented people! And they have all sth in common! They are from AUSTRALIA! I love, love love this country! If i will be able to go there in the future i would feel blessed! Really.
    Thanks for sharing =)

  • I can’t help but mention Show Love. Have you seen these videos? http://www.showloveworld.com – one of Daniel Moyer brooklyn designer who makes stunning thoughtful pieces by hand building his collection. That’s called Jazz in the Woodshop and takes the viewer from felled wood to finished chair and table and the 718 cyclery video which got 20k views in 5 days!

  • There’s a book, called Shoes for the Moscow Circus, which profiles handmakers of rare, wonderful, and everyday items across Australia – it’s fab.

    Everything from said shoes, to pianos, to umbrellas, to boats, to cars, to cricket bats, to…

  • Oh, Design Sponge. How we love you!

    Thank you so much for sharing these videos with some of our favourite makers.

    We are honoured and very excited to grace your pages.

    – DF

  • Ackk! These videos are all really great and now I don’t want to do anything else with my day! So inspiring….