- Liana Kabel
- Brisbane, Australia
- My studio is located in Brisbane, Australia. For the past 10 years I’ve been enjoying creating jewellery designs from an array of mundane materials. Tupperware and knitting needles have remained a firm favourite. My designs have been published numerous times, graced the shelves of many wonderful galleries and stores and been worn by those whose aren’t afraid of colour and attention. All of which I am very grateful for. For several years I’ve also been fortunate enough to work with many businesses as a coach and workshop facilitator.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
The Friendly State
Queensland - The friendly state.
It did strike me on moving to Brisbane that people were unexpectedly friendly. Strangers would smile and say "hello". It was a little unnerving at first and not something that I was used to. In Sydney we like to avoid eye contact, generally don't know our neighbours and cherish our 6 foot fences. If Sydney isn't (relatively) friendly I'm going to say that Melbourne is less so. It isn't just the clothing that's black.
I am of course generalising and perhaps exaggerating (once again). What really strikes me is the difference in the art/craft communities. For one thing Melbourne has a community or at least it appears so. In Brisbane arts organisations located within meters of eachother don't communicate. As a member of three (now two) of these organisations I experienced this first hand.
I am thinking about this now as Queenland Artworkers CEO Tony Stephens sent out an open letter to the membership (attached) outlining a recent failed funding application for an exhibition space. He calls the membership to take action as Brisbane artists are sorely lacking in exhibition opportunities.This is true, although I believe working with the resources that are already available and open communication within the arts community may just go somewhere in helping Queensland artists/designers/craftspeople right now. Instead of always looking at what we don't have why not spend more time at looking at what we do and making the most of that?
Perhaps I am naive but I wonder sometimes why we all just can't get along? Isn't there supposed to be strength in numbers?