Sunday 17 December 2006

Dreaming of a craft Christmas at the Johnston Collection

Nina Stanton, Director of The Johnston Collection, at one of the installations produced as part of Festively Decking Fairhall. Members of the Ballarat Craft Council re-created the scene of a children's party, with bon-bons and cakes -- all finely crafted. This annual event invites members of craft associations around Victoria to interpret this decorative arts collection.

In the White Room, a 1770 Worcester plate inspired the group from Ballarat to make textile plates in a similar style.

In work reminiscent of Emma Davies, here is a piece using onion bags to a floral effect. This sits opposite a kitchen scene filled with knitted food.

Craft associations have spent the year planning and making their own responses to the collection. A visit is highly recommended, but you need to be lucky to get a ticket as bookings are heavy.

The Johnston Collection is open Monday to Friday with three tours daily at 10.00 am, 12.00 pm and 2.15 pm. Admission price is Adults $20.00, Concession $16.50, Groups of 8 $128.00. See

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