what is handmadelife?
Handmadelife is the decade long collaborative craft project by writers and artists Beck Jobson and Ramona Barry. Their practice encompasses curation, writing, education, and making. Published works include I Make Stuff, Craft Busters zine, and The Craft Companion, released internationally through Thames and Hudson in the United Kingdom, U.S.A and translated into both French and Spanish. They run regular craft workshops in a range of techniques from their studio space at the iconic Melbourne Queen Victoria Market, and in major institutions such as the National Gallery of Victoria.
Beck Jobson is a Melbourne based designer/maker, curator and writer who has worked extensively in the local and international craft and design industry as a designer, facilitator and mentor. With the Victorian Crafts Council (Craft Victoria) Beck curated exhibitions, managed events and developed support, advocacy and education programs in roles from Retail Manager to Acting Director/CEO. She now juggles a textile based studio practice, small children, and freelance consultancy work. Beck spends her downtime listening to seventies funk and heavy metal records, watching sci-fi films and compulsively taking photographs of concrete.
Ramona Barry is a Melbourne based writer, curator and maker specialising in craft and design, as well as an accomplished painter and poet. Her work has been published in both local and international print and online media. She has served as Chair of the Victorian Crafts Council, and regularly speaks publicly about contemporary craft practice. Ramona's latest role is the Art, Craft and Cookery pavilion coordinator for the Royal Melbourne Agricultural Show. Ramona relaxes by listening to geek film podcasts while handcrafting Christmas decorations… all year round.