A Craft Cubed Festival – Window Walk Project by Vicki Leigh (Next Romance Jewels) at Melbourne’s DESIGN A SPACE Retail Gallery 1st-31st AUGUST 2018 20 Manchester Lane, Melbourne City map Dreams are made of … In a laneway in the centre of Melbourne, just off Collins Street, there is a little shop of dreams, called Design A Space. 5 years ago Vicki Leigh started a handmade jewellery label, along with other aspiring designers and makers and DesignASpace provided an opportunity to test new designs and products in a retail store environment. The theme of this year’s Craft Cubed Festival is a sense of ‘place, identity and home‘. My Dreamcatcher installation and it’s chosen location address an artistic need to create and explore from a place of security and DesignASpace have been that constant for me as an experimental designer. HOME. PLACE. HERE. Vicki Leigh’s ‘creative romance’ is to sit and create beautiful, small runs of handmade earrings. Her philosophy is to add some texture, colour and individuality into your everyday outfit by wearing inspirational ART earrings. Her label ‘Next Romance Jewels’ has been creating beautiful little-illustrated art tiles from a secret polymer/resin technique for about 5 years, selling pieces through high-end markets in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane, and Design A Space stores in Melbourne. CENTRE. MY DREAMS. MY CRAFT. You will see the history of Vicki’s tile designs in this latest ‘dreamcatcher’ mirror and sculptural piece. These represent the details, little intricacies of each day, the dreamcatcher, the bigger picture; the dream and wonder of where these details may be leading you. Mirrors* are a reflection of the community that supports and encourage our dreams. This is where you find your ‘place’ as an artist. COMMUNITY. SUPPORT. YOU. *In feng-shui mirrors reflect energy in the form of light, multiplying it. Multiplying the beautiful objects in their centre and the people passing by. They represent the wider community, the people who support our art, are inspired by it, and who purchase it as a token of love, encouragement and belief in our work and what we are doing. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to keep making art/fashion/design. [see my web “Pop-up” Page for more events] MORE IN STORE Dreamcatcher inspired Jewellery designs available to purchase in-store or on-line. x Thanks as always for your continued support x CRAFT CUBED FESTIVAL… CRAFT’S ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF THE HANDMADE, AND THE BIGGEST COMING TOGETHER OF THE CRAFT AND DESIGN COMMUNITIES IN AUSTRALIA Now in its ninth year, the 2018 festival presents creative, experimental and ideas-based craft and design projects under the banner of the Craft Cubed Festival. This year the theme for the Craft Cubed Festival is Homing Craft and will aim to showcase makers’ sense of place, identity and home through a multi-layered, open access festival.