On the evening of the 4th of July as I approached the Auckland Museum I was impressed at how they had embraced the 4th of July celebratory theme, with the building being totally lit in red, white and blue.

On the inside everything was lit in pink for the opening of Objectspace Talkfest 2014.  Objectspace’s Talkfest is a free event and an opportunity for object makers, designers, students, teachers, curators, writers and collectors to come together and talk about current ideas.

The Talkfest kicked off with a fun-filled Pecha Kucha event format in which presenters show a slideshow of 20 images, each of which is shown for 20 seconds — giving a total presentation time of 6 minutes 40 seconds. The topics ranged from furniture design and making, sustainability in jewellery practice, 3D printing, a critique of the design or random placement of public art in Wellington and the art of the drip.

The 11 speakers ranged from students to professionals across varied types of craft and design, and it was great to see the passion with with they gave their 6 min 40 sec presentations.  The event was packed and people had to stand in the wings to watch – it was my first Pecha Kucha event and I really found it informative and fun.

Objectspace is a public gallery dedicated to craft, applied arts and design – for more information on events at Objectspace click here


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