The Seed Stitchers

Craft Up Late

UPDATE | Sydney Craft Week is now over for 2017. SAVE THE DATE FOR 2018!
Friday 5 - Sunday 14 October 2018.


Venues all around Sydney will open late for one evening during Sydney Craft Week

Wednesday 11 October, 5-8pm

Sydney City

In the city, meet the resident jewellers at Gaffa, and see PREVIEW by Studio 20/17 Atelier on Clarence Street. Visit Quilt NSW in their city office at 276 Pitt Street, call in on Craft NSW at The Rocks and view Data Lace at University of Technology Library in Haymarket. If you're heading into Darlinghurst next, check out the exhibition Ornamental Hallucination at Firstraft in Wolloomooloo on your way over.


There is plenty on offer in this Darlinghurst on during Craft Up Late. Enjoy a drink at the Australian Design Centre while you browse two exhibitions: Biotextilogy: The Cellular Catwalk, and Bulay(i): Buku-Larrnggay Mulka and The Indigenous Jewellery Project. Also at ADC, the panel discussion “Sydney: A City on the Make” will be presented in collaboration with Garland magazine.

Up the road is Foley Street where The Sydney Connection will host Crafty Dining on Foley at Fine Fellow, The Tribe, Spunky Bruiser, Studio Enti and Bermuda Black – book tickets now to secure your spot. Whilst On Foley visit The Design Residency to see and browse emerging fashions.

Stanley Street Gallery will open their exhibitions Rachel Timmins: Unexpected Companions and Zoe Brand: Break it to me Gently. In Riley Street, attend a Lumifold paper folding workshop with STEAMPop. Around the corner in Oxford Street, Outer Island will open its studio and book early for a Hand Lettering Workshop at Work-Shop Makery.


The suburb of galleries does not disappoint. Sabbia Gallery will show A Vision Splendid, New Ceramics by Jeffery Mincham AM during Craft Up Late. UNSW Art and Design will show several exhibitions, including Galeecha Cultural Textiles Design, the Ceramics Studio, Jewellery and Object Explorations and The Ulmer Hocker Brief. Barometer Gallery will show the Weaving Labour exhibition and elph store will open late with drinks and 10% off in store.

Eastern Suburbs

In Surry Hills, drop in to see how pottery is thrown on the wheel at The Pottery Shed in Bourke Street, see The Seed Stitchers exhibition in Riley Street and the Directions exhibition by Working Cloth in Crown Street. In Redfern, check out the Together in Ceramic Dreams: Rule of Three, an exhibition at The DEA Store. The Bronte Sewing Room will be open in Bronte or sign up for a Make your own Concrete Pots workshop at COMMUNE in Waterloo. Head to Alexandria where ceramicist Milly Dent will hold an open studio or to Botany to visit Claypool’s open ceramics studio.

Inner West

Demonstrations will be running all evening at Acquire @ Design in King Street, Newtown or visit the exhibition A Handmade Life by Six Inner West Makers at Chrissie Cotter Gallery in Camperdown. Also visit Metalsphere's open studio in Newtown, to see contemporary jewellery practice in action. Drop in to Home Industry in Balmain East to browse Australian textiles and handmade goods. In St Peters, Trade the Mark will be swinging open their studio doors, or book to attend the Wine and Weave Workshop at Made By Me Workshop.

In Chippendale, visit ArtSHINE Industries exhibition Fragmatism – Fresh from the Tropics. Check out the sewing and screen printing facilities and studio space at Bobbin and Ink in Petersham. Book to attend a Flower Felt Making Workshop at the Happenstore in Annandale. In Leichhardt, visit The Goldsmiths’ Atelier Open Studio or book now for the Pinot ’n’ Purl Pussyhat Workshop held by Shared Threads.

In Marrickville, visit The Fortynine Studio’s ceramic workshop and The Rizzeria printmaking Open Studio, or head to Reverse Garbage for “Craft Beer and Craft: A Reconsidered Maker”. In Concord West, the Embroiderers’ Guild will put on a talk by Mary Brown “Embroidery Surprises in Contemporary Art”.

Northern Sydney

Head to Silky Shapes Pottery Studio in Crows Nest to see classes in action and browse studio work on display. In Cammeray, attend a free felted jewellery Make and Take workshop with the Australian Textile and Surface Design Association. And in Middle Cove, book ahead for “Unravelled Evenings”, an evening of crochet and knitting.

Greater Sydney

In Parramatta, enjoy a beverage in a handmade ceramic mug, browse, purchase ceramic works and see the studio in action at Parramatta Clay and Arts Incorporated Studio and Gallery. Hutwoods in Caringbah will hold a 20% off sale with the code CRAFTWEEK20.


Left: DEA Store, Ceramic work by Peter Anderson and Emily Belle Ellis. Photograph Karin Huchatz.

Right: The Seed Stitchers exhibition, Peace Mountain, Soraya Abidin, Hand dyed embroidered raffia, vintage Swiss straw and vintage metal thread, 40 x 40 cm. 2016.