Conference Timetable

Friday 17 September 2021

WA Maritime Museum
Victoria Quay, Peter Hughes Dr, Fremantle, WA 6160

9:30am - 10:00am KAYA Welcome to Country | Conference Welcome Booked for IOTA
10:00am - 11:00am KEYNOTE - Nyadol Nyuon introduced by Jude van Der Merwe followed by Q+A. Booked for IOTA
11:00am - 11:20am Morning Tea
Booked for IOTA
11:20am - 12:30pm Rethinking, re-focusing and revitalising the ‘craft’ agenda in education.

Dr. Lynne Heller & Dorie Millerson | Craft Pedagogy in Precarious Times Pre-recorded presentation.

Dr Niklavs Rubenis & Dr Rohan Nicol | Crafted futures: new teaching, learning and research for craft in the australian tertiary academy
*Available for booking
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch in the Function Centre and Balcony Rope making demonstration arranged by Maritime Museum
Booked for IOTA
1:30pm - 2:25pm How do the places we live in reflect the objects we make? (Chaired by Jude van der Merwe)

Liz Williamson  | Weaving Eucalypts Project: local colour from Indian Ocean countries.

Susie Vickery | Appliqué for change: Community engagement with women’s health through craft and art.
*Available for booking
2:30pm - 3:25pm Reviving, creating spaces, and cultural livelihoods: Ballarat to India

Ms Tara Poole | Coordinator Creative City, City of Ballarat – UNESCO City of Craft

Followed by
Ms Sushma Iyengar & Shouryamoy Das  | Reviving indigenous wool craft practices of India
Relationships: How to create value in the world.
(June Moorhouse)
Led by Community Arts Network
Preregistration required (Capped at 16)
Convened by the World Crafts Council Australia
3:30pm - 4:00pm Geri Hayden: Noongar Healing Dolls Project presentation/discussion
Afternoon Tea
4:00pm - 6:00pm Free Time Free Time Free Time
6:30pm - 9:00pm EXHIBITION Opening Event | IOTA21 Curiosity and Rituals of the Everyday

includes an opening celebration with performances, music and dance.

Saturday 18 September 2021

Curtin University
Education Building, Building 501
& John Curtin Gallery, Building 200A
Kent Street, Bentley, WA 6102

9:30am - 10:30am Fast fashion and hybrid approaches to textile production.

Dr Anne Farren | Crafting Sustainable practice in fashion.
Ms Jessica Priemus | Self-narrating weaving: expressing traces of craft.
Architecture of Place: Identity and Authenticity.

Mr Richard Brisbane Manser | Processes, design intent and outcomes in contemporary bamboo architecture. Mr Zaid Saeed | Architecture of Place: Influence of Craft-Making on the Golden Architecture of Iraq between 1950s-1979s.
10:30am - 11:00am Morning tea in Level 2 Foyer.
11:00am - 11:55am Innovate or die: protective tools for craft and indigenous knowledge.

Sumita Ghose with Ghatit Laheru, Jen Hoover, Nisha Subramaniam & Mr Shouryamoy Das | Reimagining the Wool-craft of India.
Ms Penny Smith | The Terroir of Terracotta: An exploration into the production and use of traditional open hearth clay cooking pots...
(Re-locating the) Power, politics and agency of craft practice through slow making and sustainable making.

Dr Annette Nykiel & Dr Nien Schwarz | We Must Get Together Some Time: our slow making.
Mrs Valerie Shaw | The power of the recycled object.

Exhibition Open

Melissa Cameron,
Monique Tippett,
Jan Griffiths,
Garry Sibosado
12:00pm - 12:55pm Gestures of Welcome; exploring jewellery as a gesture of welcome in response to Australian immigration policy.
(Belinda Newick)

Belinda Newick (Vic),
Marziya Mohammedali (WA),
Melissa Cameron (WA), Mel Young (NSW), Vicki Mason (Vic), Anne Farren (WA).
The importance of local context in the co-design of collaborative frameworks and signalling sustainable value.

Veronica Larasati, Ellya Zulaikha, Maria Hanson & Laura Cave | Making Links: Crafting Creativity and Collaboration.
Agampodi Mendis & Dr Sumanthri Samarawicrama | Presentation stage in Sri Lankan Authentic Craft Souvenirs.

Sector Discussion

Communication: How to stay connected and visible as a community.
Preregistration required (Capped at 16)

Convened by the World Crafts Council Australia

Exhibition Open

Maggie Baxter
1:00pm - 1:45pm Lunch in Level 2 Foyer.
1:45pm - 2:40pm Fashion, design, aesthetics and survival.

Mrs Nada Basahih | Crafting the Kaaba Kiswa’s: Context and traditional practices.
Mr Muhammad Umer Rehman & Wafa Ali | Materiality, Craft as an occupation, an emotion and an object.
Hybridised, transcultural experiences as innovative approaches to making.

Ms Bic Tieu | Designing the In-between: Traversing Biography and Place through Objects.
Ms Pragya Sharma | The Domestic Craft and the Artifact: Exploring interrelationships in a post-colonial India.

Sector Discussion

Education and the future: How to keep teaching craft when tertiary courses are cut.
1.45pm - 2.15pm
Preregistration required (Capped at 16)
Convened by the World Crafts Council Australia

Exhibition Open

Until 4pm
John Curtin Gallery: Curiosity & Rituals of the Everyday
2:45pm - 3:40pm Beyond aesthetics and the handmade: crafting in the age of digital automation and machine learning.

Dr Justin Marshall | Craft-oriented hybrid analog/digital practices; their values and our future relations with technology.
Aliya Yousuf | Traditional Skill and Craft in Digital Age.
Inclusive co-design using digital technologies, connectivity, and sustainability.

Ms Deborah Emmett | Co-design dialogues through digital connectivity: sustaining future practice for traditional textile artisan communities in India.
Prof. Andreas Sicklinger & Habiba Shawkat | Online Service Design for craft innovation.


Yee I-Lann,
Madhvi Subrahmanian,
Anniketyni Madian

Exhibition Open

Until 4pm
John Curtin Gallery: Curiosity & Rituals of the Everyday
3:45pm - 4:00pm Afternoon tea in Level 2 Foyer.
4:00pm - 4:30pm Plenary and wrap up in Level 2 Foyer, Education Building.
*We understand some attendees and artists may wish to get together, conduct meetings and network, contact the conference team at to book the WA Maritime Museum boardroom room or Curtin University meeting rooms on the respective days.
5pm - 7pm EXHIBITION Opening | MAELSTROM

Sunday 19 September 2021

Boola Bardip (WA Museum)
Perth Cultural Centre, Perth, WA 6000

6:30pm - 8:00pm Fashion Event | Curiosity and the Cloth