Mar 23, 2015
This is a quick interview with Mary Hackett to learn some juicy
tidbits about her in a short amount of time. Mary Hackett is
a PhD candidate in Fine Arts at RMIT University which is the Royal
Melbourne Institute of Technology. She is examining and
mapping the physical forces involved in blacksmithing processes
through sculptural practices. She is also a co-founder of
Blacksmith Doris, a blacksmithing group just for women in Melbourne
Australia ("Doris" is an old British slang expression for a plain
woman). Blacksmith Doris has been operating as a “side” group that
is part of the Australian Blacksmiths Association (the Victoria
chapter) for the past five years and aims to give women a place to
learn and practice blacksmithing in an all-female environment.
What Juicy tidbits are they?
- When is the most creative time of day for her? The
afternoon, when she has a head.
- What compliment does she get the most? That her art looks like
it’s been dug up from the ground…and yes, she likes that
- What is the first thing she does when she gets into her
shop? She turns the radio on and listens to “talk back” radio
(Australian term for talk radio!).
- What blacksmith (dead or alive) would she like to spend a day
with? Our early ancestors when they were first learning to
work with iron and learning how to make pig iron.
- How does she keep track of time when working on her
blacksmithing projects? I love this answer! Instead of
writing down the time it took to make something she writes what she
is doing, thinking and feeling when she is working the
Mary Hackett’s Links:
Mary’s Website – http://maryjhackett.blogspot.com.au/
Blacksmith Doris website - http://blacksmithdoriswomenblacksmiths.blogspot.com/
Australian Blacksmith Association (Vic) Inc - http://www.abavic.org.au/
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