Vale Jenny Deves


Our dear friend and passionate advocate for craft and design, Jenny Deves passed away peacefully in Canberra recently. As the Executive Director of Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre between 1994 and 2000 she oversaw dynamic change for the organisation, including its relocation to our current premises in Civic. The energy and vision she brought to Craft ACT is still visible and much appreciated today.

Jenny authored several significant publications analysing the Canberra craft and design infrastructure and the needs of makers for ongoing professional development through professional craft organisations. She helped establish Craft + Design Enquiry, a critical national publication of which she was the managing editor.

Along with Craft ACT, Jenny helped the Canberra Glassworks come to life. She also worked for Craft Australia.

Jenny made a real difference to our sector, to our community. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.


Rachael Coghlan
CEO/Artistic Director