Library showcases how craft advances science

Combining contemporary commissions with a historic collection, State Library Victoria rethinks the intersections between craft and science.

Rarely do we think that craft and science intersect – most of the time they are seen on opposite sides of the spectrum. But a recent exhibition at State Library Victoria opens up a different narrative where craft plays an equally significant role in teaching us about the world, from the natural to the astronomical.

Handmade Universe: From craft to code and the spaces between features a major commissioned work by Melbourne based artist and software engineer Sarah Spencer. Described by co-curator Bethan Johnson as a ‘wild magnificent jumper of a work’, Stargazing is a 15-kg knitted tapestry of the 88 constellations used in Western astronomy.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Most recently she took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne.