Hi friends, we hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend! We wanted to share with you our documentary short film that we’re putting together about Lonsdale Street Traders in Braddon. Over the coming weeks we’ll be interviewing some of the traders, first up is Fivefold Studio.
Fivefold run workshops and hold exhibitions, and they also do an awesome job of supporting emerging artists. On Thursday the 3rd of April Fivefold opened Rebecca Hinwood’s exhibition ‘Among the Gum Trees’. Congratulations to Rebecca, who is the recipient of Fivefold’s graduate award as part of the ANU Emerging Artists Support Scheme.
1. Tell us about what you do
We are Ingrid, Sarah and Danyka, and we are 3 contemporary jewellers and the directors of fivefold studio. We have the Fivefold exhibition space where we represent 22 (and growing) emerging jewellers. We also have our workshop where we run classes, and provide access to 5 permanent makers and 4 benches for casual access.
2. Describe a day in the life of Fivefold Studio
One day we might be setting up an exhibition, and the next day we might be teaching a couple how to make each other wedding bands.
3. What are some of the challenges
We all have other work in addition to running Fivefold, so it’s pretty busy! We are currently located in Lonsdale Street Traders which is closing down at the end of 2014, so we need to find another location for our studio.
4. What inspires you
It inspires us when we can pay our artists so that they can consider having a career as makers. We’ve got a really great mentoring program as well to ensure that our artists have a sustainable practice.
5. Who is your ideal customer
Someone who is willing to learn, they don’t have to have any prior knowledge of what we do but have an open mind and be willing to support new creative industries. People really appreciate that they can see the workshop and the process of making jewellery.