The year that was 2012: It’s a Wrap Up!

Young Blood Market, Whimsy Milieu holding up her whimsical moustache ring made of wood, 2012

Like everyone over the past week we have also taken stock of the last twelve months. There are always some ups and downs but somehow we got through and all our design friends have helped make this a great year. So we’ve put together a range of images that sum up some of the design event highlights from Craft Punk, the Young Blood Markets and ‘fastBreak’ programs – all programs that you shared with us. If you are viewing on a desktop or laptop, we have included a selection of stories in the side-bar from the past year that you might like and some of our favourite objects from the Powerhouse Museum collection.

Young Blood Market is a favourite each year with offerings from a wide range of new and up-coming young designers. It’s always a fun event with an opportunity for designers to hook-up in the spaces of the Powerhouse Museum with stall-holders meeting new clients, buyers, and other designers. The atmosphere is like no other with great music, entertainment, a curatorial team who is always on the lookout for the latest in what’s new and ‘happening’ and a discerning audience of design professionals, lovers of design and ‘do-it-yourself-ers’ who really appreciate the work that goes into the handmade and designed. Once exposed to the wares of the Young Blood Designers there’s no turning back and we love spreading the design message!

Young Blood Market, Metalab 2012

One of the designs from the Metalab stall.

Young Blood Market, Postpress, 2012

Postpress jewellery piece gave the markets that 80′s feel.

Young Blood Market, Postpress, 2012

Postpress jewellery wear.

Young Blood Market, SquarePeg Studio, 2012

SquarePeg magnetized rings and brooches made from the humble super-ball!

Young Blood Market, Known Associates, 2012

Known Associates represents a range of jewellery designers. The photograph shows some of their 3D printed designs.

Young Blood Market, Whimsy Milieu, 2012

Whimsy Milieu presented these colourful badges and necklaces as a form of self-reward. What do you see yourself as?

Young Blood Market, Whimsy Milieu, 2012

Whimsy Millieu’s pieces look like delicious lozenges!

Young Blood Market, Whimsy Milieu, 2012

We also found Whimsy’s white fimo, wooden and padded necklaces an interesting take on what is considered a precious piece of jewellery.

Young Blood Market, Whimsy Milieu, 2012

These were really cute!

Speaking of small offerings, there were some lovely offerings from our Craft Punk workshops where this year you could book into workshops to make a wide range of objects from an iPad cover, to jewellery, lampshades and even reupholster furniture and make themed terrariums. The workshops are run by design experts and crafts people and are lots of fun with your end product going home with you. A great way to learn a craft and skill that you can use again, share with others and use make gifts. Nothing like doing-it-for-yourself!

Craft Punk 2012

Jewellery workshop made good use of recycled materials.

Craft Punk 2012

Themed terrarium with Amy Wong created some interesting scenarios.

Craft Punk 2012

An activity that was enjoyed by everyone.

Craft Punk 2012

Re-enactment of the first landing?

Craft Punk 2012

It was amazing to see what people could put together from a combination of discarded materials. Some fine choices were made that made us all want to join in!

Craft Punk 2012

Everyone had a different approach. There was a very delicate attention to detail at this bench!

Craft Punk 2012

And Voila! Some pretty brooches.

Craft Punk 2012

Some very patient work with the hot glue gun for this piece.

Craft Punk, Melinda Young 2012

Melinda Young, Jewellery Designer conducting the workshop alongside some of her inspirational finished pieces.

Craft Punk 2012

Wow! one of the works almost completed.

Craft Punk 2012

It’s a joy to see everyone deep in concentration and loving the process of making!

Craft Punk 2012

Another job well done!

Craft Punk, Melinda Young 2012

Melinda Young helping with the designs.

FastBreak is one of our favourite programs co-hosted with Vibewire, ”an innovative non-profit youth organisation providing media, arts and entrepreneurial opportunities and events for young people”. A series of quickfire presentations, 5 mins each, the talks are entertaining, informative, inspiring and exciting. Just the thing we need to get us started in this breakfast program. Accompanied by the delicious treats provided by Black Star Pastry and with single origin and special coffee blends selected by The Little Marrionette, it’s an event we all enjoy each month. The Powerhouse Museum will be proudly presenting these again commencing February 2013.Fastbreak, Jess Scully

Jess Scully, Curator at TEDxSydney, Festival Director at Vivid Ideas : Vivid Sydney, Director at Vivid Creative Sydney
Fastbreak 2012

FastBreak starts with coffee and treats from Black Star Pastry.

Fastbreak 2012

The program can get quite interactive – it’s not all passive sitting back and being talked at!

Fastbreak 2012

This was a truffle treat in the making – poached eggs with truffle grating on top…hmmm. It was very good!

Fastbreak 2012

The Little Marionette preparing the Chemex and French plunger coffee. This is more than just a cup of coffee, this is a gastronomic experience!

Fastbreak 2012

When Chris from Black Star prepares a treat, he gets serious – no-one misses out!

Fastbreak 2012

More treats. You never know what it’s going to be but one thing is certain, it’s always good.

Fastbreak 2012

Chris and Maxime from Black Star Pastry. Yes, Chris is our kitchen Einstein.

We certainly hope you enjoyed 2012 as much as we did and we look forward to seeing you again in 2013 for a range of programs that we hope will interest and excite.

Programs Producers:
Craft Punk: Deborah Vaughan
fastBreak: Rita Bila (Powerhouse Museum), Andrew Doung (Vibewire)

Young Blood Markets: Kristina Kargin

Photography by Rita Bila and Lily Katakouzinos.