When I used to visit New York galleries with an artist friend, we were often amused to notice a “theme of the day”—an inexplicable recurrence of some feature or device in various shows. Once, I remember, we saw peepholes everywhere. In my recent perambulations, it was fiber I saw again and again, much of it from the hands of artists who never studied the material or its traditional techniques and who would not consider themselves craftspeople. But they have obviously yielded to fiber’s tactile appeal, visual strengths or social implications.
On Thursday, March 26th, a full-house gathered in the American Craft Council's historic library for an evening exploring the current state of embroidery as a counterpoint to the Bard Graduate Center’s current exhibition of historic textiles, English Embroidery from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1570-1700: 'Twixt Art and Nature.
In collaboration with The Museum of Arts and Design we are pleased to present the inaugural “In Print/In Process“-a new series of artist talks and studio demonstrations featuring today's most innovative makers-on Thursday, April 16th at 6:30 at MAD. Every two months, MAD and American Craft will team up to bring the articles in the magazine to life at the Museum.
While the jury is still out on whether rainy weather attracts or detracts crowds from trade shows, I alighted on the Architectural Digest Home Design Show on Sunday, March 29th, prepared for a day of interiors.
Who knew embroidery could be so enticing? Clearly artists Elaine Reichek and Richard Saja understand the intrigue. Join us at the American Craft Council’s historic library in SoHo next Thursday, March 26th from 6:30 to 8:30 as these two artists discuss their methods and means with scholar Vicki Halper and discover for yourself.
He's colorful, he's crafty and he's utterly adorable, especially if you have a weakness for baby elephants as I do, having been weaned on Disney's Dumbo. He's Ambassador Zambi, a five-foot-tall baby elephant with a patchwork hide, conceived and developed by employees of Hasbro, the Rhode Island-based toy company, to represent Project Zambi, a new initiative dedicated to raising awareness of the estimated 15 million children who have lost parents and relatives