The end of November was a busy time for the studio. Our activity was not just centered on making work but also on sharing what work we have done by opening the studio to any interested individuals. The impetus for this was our involvement with Craft ACT's second DESIGN Canberra festival.
Along with opening our workshop to visitors during an open studio day, Jeremy was involved with a DESIGN Buzz talk about collaboration with Lynda Roberts and Paul Gazzola. Here is a quick description of the talk they presented:
The world is evolving and ideas are changing. New problems require new solutions. Most are beyond the capacity of one individual to resolve. Effective collaboration, bringing together a wide range of skills, expertise and perspectives, can contribute enormously to finding elegant and durable solutions. All collaborations are a human activity, connecting people across culture, language, experience and locality and enabling multiple voices to join together to create something of communal worth. But what makes for good collaboration? Is there one ‘Go to’ model that will guarantee success? Join glass artist Jeremy Lepisto, and artists and curators Lynda Roberts and Paul Gazzola, as they discuss their respective approaches to collaboration in the highly diverse and challenging creative sector.
Here are some images of the studio and of the talk:
As a result of our involvement with the DESIGN Canberra festival and other entities and engagements, there has been a recent flutter of media and articles on our little studio. This has inspired us to include a new page on the website to record all of this activity. We have called the page The Reports and you can find a link to it above or here.
Next month we will be opening our studio in conjunction with the second Design Canberra festival presented by Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre.
We are very excited about this opportunity to support both the festival and Craft ACT as well as present to any interested individuals the setup of our studio, the scope of our work and our plans for the future. We hope to see you all of you then!
Beyond the availability to visit our studio on that Saturday (the 21st of November), people can also visit several other amazing maker studios in the local area (such as Alison Jackson, Matt Curtis and Harriet Schwarzrock, Six Wiluna, Canberra Glassworks and F!nk and Co.). There will also be other great places to visit and events to see on all of the other days of the festival. Find a complete list of programmed events and activities here.
To discover all that Craft ACT does for and with artists, please go to there website here to take a look. This organization also provides memberships to makers from all levels of practice. To see the range of artists that this organization supports and advocates for, please see a complete list here.
Workshop Level is the second studio that we have assembled. From the experience of building the two, it is obvious that the space is not the studio. It needs to be made able and have operators who are active and knowledgeable in in its use and sustainability. Beyond this , the success of the studio depends on the way that the studio integrates itself into the surrounding creative culture in both place and space.
To this end, this month we have submitted our workshop to be listed on a new website called Workshops of the World. This website has been set up by a couple friends from Adelaide who have a wonderful studio and wanted a way to display their studio/focus/layout with others. If you are interested in checking out the growing list of studios on the site or want to submit your own workshop, please check out the website here.
On the local level, we will be opening up the studio in conjunction with Craft ACT's 2015 Design Canberra Festival in November. Along with a handful of other studios in the area, our studio will be open to the public on November 21st from 11am to 3pm. Please come by on the day to say hello, hear about the methods and material we use, see the studio and learn about what projects we have made and those we are currently working on.
This morning we installed a new custom glass/steel/light sign that we fabricated for Craft ACT's Agency store.
Agency is a concept store that not only features products and original work from local ACT area artists and craftspeople, but also offers the opportunity for clients to purchase any item showcased in the store (such as the shelving, counters, lights or even the clothes hangers...they are all locally made).
The sign that we made is a small identifier of the great potential that can be found within the store. The concept design of the sign was created by Swell Design Group. From their concept, we devised the final form and method of construction. You can see more about the sign here and find out more about Craft ACT and Agency here.
Over the past two years we have been working diligently to build and position the studio into a form that is capable of taking on new projects as well as making our personal work. Currently the studio has three exhibitions in production in progress as well as the creation of several private commissions.
We will use this blog space to make updates on the intermittent and making milestones of the shop.
Please check back often...
From the makers at Workshop Level