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I Love Weaving, Part 2

1 Sep 2014

As the semesters passed I delved deeper into the world of weaving, and was now obsessed with Tapestry (usually done on an upright loom). I was in love with it because it felt like painting with yarn. Just like paint, i could mix strands of yarn of different colours to create a new colour. The warp was my blank canvas and abstract visions materialised into a series of knots and passes. I had not foreseen it to being so liberating.
Finally, I graduated in 2009 with a talented bunch of peers I admired very much, and who have remained friends. Since then my passion for learning new textile techniques has lingered so I decided to start Pop Craft Studio. I am hoping that it will become a place of great journeys and discoveries for those eager to create.
 If you would like to support the project, please go to:
Thank you.
First year project based on a design by Cailan Burnsimage
Navajo samples



Shaped tapestry


Graduation Project- Big O & Mini O






I Love Weaving, part 1 by Pauline Tran

28 Aug 2014

I  have always believed that I was born under a lucky star, and I’ve followed it ever since.  It led me to my good friend Yoshie, who one day spoke to me about an amazing Textile Design course at RMIT.  A week later I received my letter of acceptance into the Diploma of Studio Textiles. The journey of a lifetime started with my first weaving class.  It was led by Rachel Halton, and her encyclopaedic knowledge of the craft completely blew my mind. She taught me how to weave. Here are some images from my uni vault. It was a time when my mind was constantly tangled up in the thousands of warps ends I had to thread.

The making of a rug
Waves and Gulls
Double weave samples


Studio Progress

20 Aug 2014

The outer poly-carbon shell is on and the room is starting to reveal its shape. Our vision for the studio is slowly getting clearer as the walls go up. Hopefully, by the end of the week the room will be fully enclosed. You never know though… things always take way longer that planned.

This is a view of the  outside of the studio. Our door is the one with the tree in front of it. Next on the production line is the 3 metres deep decking that will stretch over the creek canopy and, apparently, somewhere down the track… a pizza oven!

Pop Craft Studio

14 Aug 2014


Hello family and friends of Pop Craft,

This year long hiatus is coming to an with the birth of a new dream project:

Pop Craft Studio- a brand new centre for the study of textile techniques, from the past into the future.

This idea of creating an inspirational space in which to take textile master classes was borne from the sad reality that more and more specialised textile courses are being affected by funding cuts. Pop Craft Studio endeavours to keep traditions and techniques alive by offering classes instructed by local and international textile experts.

We are also excited at the prospect of having an artist-in-residence program, an individual mentorship/business development scheme for emerging textile designers and Big Pop! – an irregular gallery space showcasing monumental fibre art works. And as a way to inspire creative dialogue, a monthly Friday Night Feast will also be held in the studio (or on the outdoor deck, when the seasons allow).

Regular blog updates will document the building of the space and the current Pop Craft Studio Pozible campaign we are running.

Pop Craft welcomes you with open heart into this new chapter of its life, i.e come and visit us in the studio when it’s ready.


Pop Craft Newsletter n.2 2013

29 Jun 2013



Welcome to the Pop Craft “home” shop

After a jump start of the 2013 kntting season at RMIT Building 80, Pop Craft has been relocated to North Fiztroy. All of the usual goodies will be available for purchase by appointment.
Pop by for a warming drink and some yarn.. mi casa es tu tienda.


A Winter Wonderland curated by Three Thousand**

This Sunday, 30 th of June, Meyers pLace will be transformed into a hive of activity as part of the launch of LOOK.STOP.SHOP, an initiative produced by the City of Melbourne. Pop Craft will be offering a multicoloured pompom workshop to all those needing to add a extra fluffy touch to their beanies. This free event will kick off at 4pm until 6pm. For more information:
Hope to see you there with your friends.

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Tantalising tapestry weaving at the Craft Hatch Market

14 Jun 2013

Maryanne Moodie and i had the pleasure of offering weaving enthusiasts the chance to weave their own little brooches at the Craft Hatch Market of Saturday the 1st of June. Much to our delight, each and everyone of them were woven with great ease, confidence and enjoyment, so hats off to all the participants. Also, a big thank once again to Kim Brockett for thinking of Popcraft.










The new age of knitted jewellery by “ellenii”

7 May 2013

You graduated from the Textile Design course at RMIT, do you also have a background in jewellery making or didi it just come naturally to you?

When I first graduated from high school my first Tafe course was Jewellery Design at NMIT. I worked with a variety of metals to construct my own jewellery. I completed one year, then after  I was always experimenting on my own and a lot of things just came naturally for me. From a young age I was always constructing and designing my own accessories.

What do you have more of in your wardrobe, knitwear or Jewellery?

My wardrobe has more accessories, I have more jewellery. I love layering accessories and i love sculptural pieces, it completes an outfit. I do have a wide variety of knitted scarfs, I have this obsession with scarfs, they can make the outfit more interesting.

What is your holy trinity of Inspiration?

When i design my pieces I am always inspired by nature and organic form. Textures on tree trunks, leaves and landscapes. Knit is all about touch, so I love to create interesting textures.

Will we be seeing some garments from “Ellenii” in the near future?

Yes, I do want to go into that direction of producing “elenii” garments. I can already see some of my jewellery pieces and scarfs in garment form. I want to transfer some of my jewellery designs and some features into a full garment. I love knitting open work, ladder effects and creating my own shapes in the knit.

Photos courtesy of Helen Noulas




elenii at Pop Craft

2 May 2013

elenii – Handcrafted experimental Knitted accessories, standout textured pieces with attention to detail and intricate designs. 

Melbourne born and raised, Helen Noulas discovered a passion for unique, handcrafted jewellery at a very young age. Creating her own standout, experimental pieces in her spare time, Helen pursued her love for knitted jewellery at RMIT University where she completed a Diploma of Textile Design and Development.

Following the completion of her Diploma, Helen launched her own knitwear jewellery range, incorporating elements such as texture, form and pattern to create her very first collection. Known for her attention to detail , Helen’s range reflects such structure and careful construction.

Helen creates her pieces using a Single bed domestic knitting machine whilst uses hand manipulated techniques to allow each piece to tell it’s own story. elenii’s new collection for Autumn/Winter is called “Gypsy Rose”.

Showcasing her trademark statement piece jewellery, with large sculptural pieces also the small and intricate. In this collection elenii is incorporating metal and knit, a dark gem coloured palette with a mix of metallics.

Photos courtesy of Helen Noulasimage









Foiling around with Kayo Taguchi

26 Apr 2013

 Japanese culture and traditions are steeped in design, how much of your native country is present in your work today?

People in Japan are very fashion conscious in general. Contemporary Japanese fashion and design culture is a very strong influence on my sense of style. I don’t try consciously to exploit my cultural heritage, but is come through in subtle ways.

What has living in Australia, more specifically in Melbourne, brought to your design aesthetic?

Sometimes in Japan the original context of western fashion is lost, living is the west has helped me to better understand the origins of western classics.

In Melbourne there is a DIY sort of feeling that inspires me, many of the people i know here are makers.

What is your holy trinity of inspiration?

I like dressing myself up, I like the excitement of fashion and the beauty of highly skilled crafts.

Could you give a taste of your 2014 knitwear collection?

I will release leggings, scarves and other accessories and garment pieces in foil printed cable knit. There is currently a sample foil printed in the Pop Craft window which is a sneak-peak of the my 2014 Winter collection.

Photos courtesy of Jeremy Dower and Kayo Taguchi


Pop Craft newsletter 2013

12 Apr 2013



Pop Craft returns to the woolly scene this autumn 2013 with the delightful company of Jack of Diamonds. As well as the customary Pop Craft set up with shop and exhibition space, Brianna Read, founder of Jack of Diamonds, will have her machine knitting workshop up and running and will be demonstrating the production of her fine garments for all to admire. Get inspired to hand make your own wardrobe.

Our 4 week joint venture will commence on Monday the 15th of April at 10 am:

Pop Craft & Jack of Diamonds 
Ground Floor Foyer
RMIT Building 80
445 Swanston Street, City

Open from the 15/04/13 to the 10/05/13
Mon-Fri 10-6pm
Sat 10-3pm.

Jack-of-Diamonds-Pas-de-Deux-IV-WEBPhotos courtesy of Micheal Wigget

The new CAE course is out now and includes two of Brianna’s courses in June
- Sat 15th for Machine Knitting 101 __
- Sat 29th and Sun 30th for an intensive cardigan knitting workshop

For more information and bookings, please visit workshops.


The current Pop Craft window features pieces by Kayo Taguchi, an RMIT Textile Design Graduate. Knitting and high heels, what a fresh combination.

You will also find one of Jack of Diamonds signature cardigan in a glorious yellow.

biggandesign-1359682472_600Photo courtesy of Biggan Designs

Pop Craft is excited to stock a range of the Biggan Collection- 8 ply pure Australian merino in vibrant colours.

Super soft and machine washable, ideal for knitting baby wear.


See you soon in the shop.

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Vion Fullier’s labour of love

4 Apr 2013

Over a decade of one hand-knitter’s dedication to her passion was the unveiled during an awe-inspiring show. One could not help but be struck by the complexity of the craftsmanship and her playful creativity. Practice definitely makes perfect, you’re a true inspiration Vion.










Sydney’s artistic pulse- Part II

29 Jan 2013

Volume one is MCA’s collection of contemporary Australian art. It is a cross-cultural landscape rich in diversity. Vive l’Australie!

Nick Mangan

Exoecoaxis 2005-Resin, perpex, carpet, wood, synthetic polymer



Nike Savvas

mirror and perspex



Rebecca Baumann

Automated Colour Field 2011-100 flip-clocks, laser-cut paper, batteries



Indigenous basket weaving by various artists




Ricky Swallow

Caravan 2008- Bronze


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