Feel like getting crafty? Keen to appreciate someone else's handmade wares? Want to learn a new skill, or pick up something unique that someone else has fashioned? You'd best block out October 6 to 13 in your calendar, then. That's when the first-ever Sydney Craft Week takes over the city, with the Australian Design Centre spreading the craft love all over town.
For ten days, if it involves textiles, ceramics, metal, jewellery, glass, wood, furniture, leather, paper, calligraphy or embroidery, you'll likely find it on display, the subject of a talk or workshop, part of a live demonstration or available to purchase. Bookended by opening and closing night festivities at the ADC, the festival features everything from pinot and purl knitting resistance sessions to classes on reusing pre-loved items to open studios aplenty, plus crafting venues open until 8pm on October 11.
Because crafting is the kind of thing that goes well with food and wine, other highlights include craft and craft beer evenings, a crafty dining feast matching tasting dishes and beverages to Darlinghurst laneway stores, and a teapot-making date night offering. Claydate — part workshop, part dating — will teach you a new school and help you meet someone new, and for those eager to take some crafty goodness home with them, the ADC's Makers Market and the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre's Art and Design Market are also on the program.
Image: Milly Dent. Photo: Brandon Bakus.