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26 EpisodesProduced by Stories behind what we makeWebsite

The stories behind what we make.Over a five year journey of the Indo-Pacific, we explore beautiful and thoughtful objects. What do these objects tell us about our world today? We see a striking revival of ancient traditions that re-orients us to the future.

26 Episodes | 2019 - 2023

1 square metre of linen: Life begins where the Internet ends

February 9th, 2023


We speak with Hillevi Skoglund about a Swedish project involving thousands of participants who each plant and process a plot of linen.

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Neke Moa ✿ How to make deities for everyday use

September 22nd, 2022


We interview Neke Moa to learn about being a custodian of pounamu and how she uses it to connect with atua as guiding spirits. 

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Glenn Adamson on Material Intelligence and the scientific turn in crafts

July 7th, 2022


Glenn Adamson speaks about the new publication project, Material Intelligence. He reflects on how this project evolved from his return to the …

Jesse Adams Stein - Do we still need to make things?

June 23rd, 2022


We speak with Jesse Adams Stein, the author of Industrial Craft in Australia: Oral Histories of Creativity & Survival (Palgrave Macmillan 2021)

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Masters of Craft - five years later

March 31st, 2022


We interview Richard Ocejo, author of Masters of Craft: New Jobs in the Old Economy (2017). This intriguing book described a trend among white middle-class men in taking on manual trades. These included bartender, …

The spirit of Mingei in MUJI and manga

December 28th, 2021


Yuko Kikuchi, Professor of Craft History at Kanazawa College of Art, shares her professional journey beginning with the Beat Generation in …

Hamza El Fasiki ✿ Lockdown reveals the enduring crafts of Morocco

September 16th, 2021


Hamza El Fasiki is a geometer, brass smith, bookbinder, Andalusian Oud musician, and founder of a Morocco arts studio. He offers an important perspective as a young person who has embraced the world of Moroccan …

Kaamya Sharma ✿ A salutary lesson for us craft snobs

July 9th, 2021


Kaamya Sharma is an academic who has recently turned knowledge worker for the crafts. We speak to her at home in Madurai, after leaving a secure …

Malika Verma on the Śilpa series

May 3rd, 2021


We talk to Malika Verma about the origins of Border&Fall and the values that underpin the Śilpa series profiling Indian artisans. See Kanta Kadse ✿ Khajur ki pattiyo

Anna Battista, the woman behind Irenebrination

April 6th, 2021


In our series of interviews with key figures of the craft world, we talk to Anna Battista, an Italian writer whose Irenebrination has published nearly 3,000 stories of the world through an intelligent fashion lens. We …

Jay Thakkar ✿ The fourth wave in craft education

January 13th, 2021


Our first podcast of 2021 features one of the most innovative forces in Indian craft, reflecting Ahmedabad’s status as a unique cultural centre.

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Laila Al Hamad ✿ The craft of smell

September 17th, 2020


Kuwaiti designer Laila Al Hamad speaks about the meaning of smell in Arab cultures and how it connects people together.

One of the enduring themes of …

Art for life: The hanging garlands of Pompeii according to Dylan Rogers

July 8th, 2020


We talk to Dylan Rogers about his discovery of the true significance of the garlands that feature in Pompeii murals.

Pompeii offers a snapshot of Roman life in 79AD. It reveals the prevalence of murals, not just as …

Maikel Kuijpers on material thinking and the Future is Handmade

June 17th, 2020


Maikel Kuijpers an Assistant Professor of the Archaeology of Early Europe at Leiden University as well as a research coordinator for the Centre of …

Ashoke Chatterjee - We must revive the villages

May 7th, 2020


Ashoke Chatterjee is an Indian craft leader. He was executive director of National Institute of Design (NID) from 1975-85, Senior Faculty Advisor for …

Chandan Bose ✿ The rich social world of patam art in Telangana

April 21st, 2020


Our latest podcast interview with leading craft scholars includes Chandan Bose, whose study of naqqash artisans in Telangana reveals the rich social …

Love across the Indian Ocean

April 7th, 2020


Object-tellers from our current issue came together to reflect on their stories and consider some of the issues that they evoke, particularly about …

A romance between a "white" and "black" Jew in southern India: Interview with Bony Thomas

March 27th, 2020


We go to Kochi, the ancient port city in the southern tip of India, to visit its most renowned historian, Bony Thomas, who features in our current …

To meet makers in distant lands: A global discussion

February 12th, 2020


Craft travel packages are booming. As well as companies offering specialist tours of craft centres, many practitioners are sharing their local knowledge and contacts with specialist travel packages.

Such tours can have …

Genevieve Weber on "radical empathy" as an archivist

February 11th, 2020


Genevieve Weber follows up her article Gratitude in the Archives with an account of how she became an archivist and the role that "radical empathy" …

A conversation with Indian craft scholar Aarti Kawlra

February 5th, 2020


We talk with Aarti Kawlra, author of We Who Wove the Lotus Thread, about her intellectual journey in the crafts and the development of a pan-Asian sensibility. Kawlra reflects on the nature of caste in India as a social …

Rosie Cook's journey to an Indonesian village in search of the melodious bundengan

November 23rd, 2019


Rosie Cook reflects on the story behind her article Lessons learned from a duck herder’s gamelan. She recounts her journey to become a conservator and how this was radically changed by her encounter will villagers in …

Working in China as an artist

September 26th, 2019


22 June 2019, National Gallery of Victoria

This panel was an opportunity to learn from those who are engaged with China as artists or curators.

A Conversation between Dragons

September 26th, 2019

Conversation between dragons

Saturday 22 June 2019

This panel explores the creative substance of a dialogue with China. As a nation that seeks to …

Interview with Brian Parkes about the epic Art Design Architecture series of touring exhibitions

September 23rd, 2019


We chat with Brian Parkes, CEO of Adelaide's Jam Factory Craft & Design Centre, about an ambitious series of touring exhibitions that have helped define Australian craft and design in the 21st century. 

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