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World apart

— Tasmania


Tasmania is a quiet force on the design scene but government backing, a decent museum and a school saved from closure are helping to put it on the world map and attract clients from abroad. We visit the studios of five makers blazing a trail for the island’s crafts.

Ben Richardson, Craft, David Travalia, Kevin Perkins, Laura McCusker, Nick Randall, Patrick Senior, Richard Leplastrier, Tasmania design centre

High up on a hill in Franklin, about 40km southwest of Tasmania’s capital Hobart, Kevin Perkins is whittling away in his shed. You can see the Huon Valley and the fjord-like waters that snake through it between the branches of the majestic eucalyptus trees that grow in his garden.

Besides the sound of Perkins’s carving and murmurings from the radio his daughter is listening to, it’s quiet up here. It’s the perfect spot for a craftsman developing his next body of work – in Perkins’s case a series of Tasmanian birds sitting in a small wooden boat.…


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