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Australia Christmas good gift guide 2022: 150 of the best present ideas for kids to chronic grumps
Sleigh your secret Santa obligations with the best local, ethical and sustainable gifts to suit colleagues, kids and distant relatives this festive season – whatever your budget

Yvonne C Lam, Alyx Gorman, Shannon Wong-Nizic and Rhys Ripper. Illustration by Billie Justice Thompson

05, Dec, 2022 @11:13 PM

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A new start after 60: I quit drinking and learned to make guitars
Paul Edwards’ childhood was full of music, but it faded away. Decades later, as he struggled to get over a double bereavement, it turned out to be a lifeline

Paula Cocozza

28, Nov, 2022 @7:00 AM

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I’ve found extraordinary joy in knitting. Here’s why | Maeve Higgins
Knitting is a fantastic way to fight anxiety, keep one’s mind occupied and fight fast fashion

Maeve Higgins

31, Oct, 2022 @10:19 AM

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Counterculture design legend Kaffe Fassett: ‘I’m that bizarre beast – a man who does textiles’
The designer is still knitting at 84, and his eclectic home and studio reflect his love of pattern and bright colour

Morwenna Ferrier

07, Oct, 2022 @5:00 AM

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The US artisan revolution: how the simple life came in from the margins
‘Quiet quitting’ highlighted the disaffection with the nine to five. Now there’s a new movement in smalltown America

Edward Helmore

04, Sep, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Kate Day obituary
Other lives: Champion of the arts who was director of the Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Iain Thomson

18, Aug, 2022 @4:06 PM

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A moment that changed me: I was in a chaotic place after an MS diagnosis and escaped into woodcarving
I was forced to take early retirement and was also struggling to deal with grief, but immersing myself in something creative in a beautiful woodland setting turned my life around

Iain Braid

27, Jul, 2022 @6:00 AM

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A stitch in time: the benefits of teaching prisoners to sew
Learning a craft can change lives – and a scheme showing inmates how to use a needle and thread has had some remarkable results

Kat Lister

02, Jul, 2022 @3:00 PM

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‘Bringing the sun in’: the hardworking weavers of Bula’Bula dig colour from the red earth
On a hot day in eastern Arnhem Land, three women collect pandanus leaves and djundom roots – and offer a priceless masterclass into a rich cultural tradition

Lorena Allam and Isabella Moore

01, Jul, 2022 @8:00 PM

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‘Even under war, we must live’: the Kyiv art scene determined to party
Last weekend, On Time festival brought together Kyiv’s music, art and craft communities to celebrate creativity – and vent the trauma of the Russian invasion

Vincent Mundy, story and photography

30, Jun, 2022 @1:57 PM

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Tricks of their trade: meet the UK’s most unusual master crafters
Glass eyes, traditional sieves, sails… Specialist makers are working hard to keeping these unique skills alive. By Chris Broughton

Chris Broughton

26, Jun, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Restoration revolution: how make do and mend turned into a fashion statement
As interest grows with TV shows, books and now a major a new exhibition in London, the idea of repairing beloved items is about more than cash

Karen Kay

19, Jun, 2022 @8:15 AM

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