Somewhere between an Olympics medal ceremony and “Candid Camera” falls the annual Awards Walking Tour at the American Craft Council's Baltimore Show. Each year, we invite two specialists in the craft field to jury the show, selecting six Award of Excellence recipients and two winners in the Booth Design category. This year's jurors were Jane Milosch of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Josephine Shea, curator of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, a historic home near Detroit.
Our flagship show in Baltimore is now in full swing! We’re all holding our breath, but so far we’ve been spared by the snowstorm, except for a smattering of flurries this morning. Keep your fingers crossed for good weather through the weekend!
For a first-time visitor, the American Craft Council’s Baltimore Show can be somewhat overwhelming - in the best possible way. I experienced that today when I entered the Baltimore Convention Center for a sneak peek at the exhibitors in our 34th annual show. I was immediately struck not only by the sheer number of artists, but also by the eclectic variety of the work on display. It’s an incredible sensory experience to encounter exquisitely handcrafted goods in such a range of colors, shapes, textures and materials.
Janice Arnold's Palace Yurt of handmade felt was among the most impressive pieces in the "Fashioning Felt" exhibition law year at New York's Cooper-Hewit National Design Museum; it will also appear in the San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design's remounting of the show (Oct. 22, 2010 - Feb. 20, 2011). Featuring felt as the new "it" design material, the exhibition included water-jet-cut-felt furniture, waded-industrial-felt walls for soundproofing cinemas and recording studios, as well as sculptures, wall coverings and dresses crafted from handmade felt.
In the June/July 1980 American Craft, Jan Janeiro profiled the pioneering weaver and educator Lia Cook. Christine Kaminsky chronicles subsequent developments in Cook's work, her many honors and her current exhibitions.