COVER STORY | Local and international art at The Tasmanian Craft Fair
The largest working craft fair in the Southern Hemisphere is set to grow again in now it’s 38th year.
For anyone visiting Tasmania, this is a must visit.
Two of the many highlights include Hydrowood display and masterclasses, Fly Fishing demonstrations as well as visiting artisans from Cambodia and a project to recognise and encourage mental health mateship for our local farmers.
Hydrowood is a truly unique Tasmanian timber harvested from deep below the waters of Lake Pieman after the Pieman River was dammed to create hydro-electricity Species such as Tasmanian Myrtle, Sassafras and even the legendary Huon Pine will once again be available in quantities that the world thought it would never see again.
Also being welcomed are artisans from Cambodia working with the head of Jayavarman VII in stone, the Wooden Royal Elephant as well as a display of their top crafts of lacquered panels and containers, silver plated boxes, scarves, bags and accessories made from their own silk farm in Cambodia.
Fly fishing demonstrations, the chance to learn how to cast a line and tie flies is another new attraction.
The casting demonstrations and lessons will take place in the pond at Rotary Park.
Attractions for 2018:
- Inspiring Tasmania: hands on science - A chance for patrons to become involved in science activities related to craft.
- Our feature artists this year are Glass Manifesto – Peter Bowles and Ann Clifton. Peter is a renowned artist and won the prestigious Premiers award at the craft fair in 2017
- Our emerging artist Lois Bury from Bruny Island illustrates children’s books particularly the animals of Bruny Island.
- Food, beverage and entertainment in multiple locations.
With over 260 different displays and exhibitions, there are too many types of craft to mention, but one thing’s for sure, everyone is sure to discover a craft that to capture their imagination.
What: Tasmanian Craft Fair
When: November 2-5, 2018
Where: 9 sites across Deloraine linked by shuttle
Tickets: Buy at the gate or save online: tascraftfair.com.au
For events, tourism highlights and more stories click here to read Explore, October, 2018