Victorian Craft Awards

Juanita Mulholland — 'What's The Cost?', 2021

In the past 200 years, all we have built has left a huge impact. We have changed waterways, destroyed bushland, and left the land unmanaged. It has all come at a huge cost. This piece seeks to take a moment to think about what another 200 years of development will do to our beautiful country.
Juanita Mulholland spent her early years growing up on Yawuru and Bardi/Jawi Country, learning much about the plants, animals, and stories. Since her introduction to the use of native plants in traditional weaving practices in 2011, Mulholland has developed a vibrant craft practice through which she processes her personal experiences and life lessons. Mulholland’s weaving is much more than a means for making, it's about connection.


Established by Craft Victoria in 2015, the Victorian Craft Awards is a biennial event presenting and celebrating excellence in contemporary craft practice. The Awards showcase exceptional works utilising craft skills, processes and materials and include emerging, mid-career and established craftspeople from across Victoria.  

The Finalists.

Adam Markowitz & Oliver Tanner, Alexsandra Pontonio, Amanda Ho, Ana Petidis, Anke Kindle, Anna Davern, Anton Gerner, Australian Tapestry Workshop & Troy Emery, Beverley Meldrum, Blanche Tilden, Cara Johnson, Cassie Leatham, Christopher Plumridge, Damien Wright & Bonhula Yunupingu, Danielle Thiris, Darren Healey, Ema Shin, Grace Brown, Holly Grace. Iluka Sax-Williams, James Lemon, Jane Sawyer, Jenna Lee, Jennifer Conroy-Smith, Jessie French, Jin Ah Jo, Jo Hawley, Juanita Mulholland, Katherine Hubble, Katrina Tyler, Kirby Bourke (Two Lines Studio), Kirsten Haydon, Kristin Burgham, Lee Darroch, Lindy McSwan, Lisa Waup, Liv Boyle, Louise Meuwissen & Ebony Russell, Marcos Guzman, Mechelle Shooter, Michaela Pegum, Michelle Stewart, Narelle White, Nicole Polentas, Prue Venables, Roseanne Bartley, Samuel Burns, Sara Lindsay, Shimara Carlow, Sophia Cai, Thomas Lentini, Timothy Gresham, Timothy White, Troy Emery & Daniel Poole, Vicki Mason, Yi Jen Chu, Zhu Ohmu. 


Materials:  Burnt sticks, eco-dyed lomandra

Dimensions: 45cm x 55cm x 20cm

Photography: Supplied by artist 

Read more about the Victoria Craft Awards and this years judging panel here

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