Craft is not a sexy word. It conjures up images of crocheted tea cosies, knitted bed socks and cross-stitch with grandma. Artisan changes that. It’s a not-for-profit shop and gallery that fronts Craft Queensland – a smart rebrand in the late ’00s to better reflect 21st-century makers.
The store is filled with Australian artist and designer wares, 80 per cent of them made by Queenslanders. Everything is a one-off and handmade. The store’s glass cabinets and shelves are filled with jewellery, ceramics, glassware, textiles, cards and more.
Since moving to its new location in 2018, Artisan has expanded its offering. Now, in addition to the store, there's a gallery and workshop room. There's regular workshops with designers, which could involve anything from life drawing to wooden spoon carving classes.