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Next In The Queue Q and A with the craft community

Meet craft's movers and shakers and stay up on trends

A biweekly roundup for and by the craft community, The Queue introduces you to the artists, curators, organizers, and more featured in the current issue of American Craft. We invite these inspiring individuals to share personally about their lives and work as well as what's inspiring them right now.

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Upholstery artist seated working with an antique carding machine in a contemporary studio

The Queue: Matthew Nafranowicz

European-trained traditional upholsterer living in Madison, Wisconsin, Matthew Nafranowicz is the furniture artist behind Straight Thread Chair Co. In The Queue, he shares what terrifying yet effective 18th-century tool he uses in his practice, what installation and spoon carving artists' he's inspired by, and more!
textile artist seated in studio beside colorful tufted wall hanging art

The Queue: Trish Andersen

Trish Andersen is a Savannah, Georgia—based textile artist who takes a painterly approach to the technique of rug tufting, with recent works resembling draped, dripping, abstract expressionist–like canvases. In The Queue, Andersen shares the shows she's binging and what twists and turns her career has taken to get her to this point. Read how big risks and saying no have led her to where she is now.
stonecarver seated cross legged working with a chisel on an outdoor monument

The Queue: Sebastian Martorana

Sebastian Martorana is a sculptor and illustrator living and working in Baltimore, Maryland. He's the "In My Studio" contributor for our Winter 2022 issue, sharing an overview of his workspace and a personal reflection on his creative process. In The Queue, you can get to know what books, tools, and shows are currently inspiring him.
Portrait of Jovencio de la Paz sitting in a gallery in front of a series of weavings in frames on a wall

The Queue: Jovencio de la Paz

Jovencio de la Paz is an artist, weaver, educator, and writer. Their work exists at the intersection of the history of computation, coding, weaving, and textiles. They reflect on the theme of the newest issue of American Craft "Wonder" as it relates to their work and practice. Jovencio also lets us in on their current favorite podcast and go-to tool for weaving!
stylized portrait of a woman among the trees of a forest

The Queue: Lisa Mauer Elliott

Lisa Mauer Elliott is the art director of American Craft, along with Adam Mauer Elliott. She’s also a maker of art in a multitude of mediums—from drawing, painting, and photography to printmaking, jewelry, and sculpture—with an emphasis on responding to nature in all its forms. Lisa shares her go-to tools, her favorite contemporary maker, and more in The Queue.
Portrait of Amanda McCavour posing against a desk in a studio with embroideries hanging on the walls

The Queue: Amanda McCavour

Amanda McCavour is a Toronto-based artist who works with stitch to create large-scale embroidered installations. Learn more about her work, what she considers to be her biggest challenges in her career, and see which contemporary artists' Amanda is currently inspired and excited by.
portrait of a woman seated on a stool in a plain room beside an unlit fireplace with various ceramic pieces arranged on the sill

The Queue: Dina Nur Satti

Based in New York City, Dina Nur Satti is the artist behind Nur Ceramics and is the featured maker in the the Fall 2021 issue of American Craft. In this week's Queue post, Dina reflects on the ethereal side of creative practice and learnings from the past year, and shares about the scholars and artists who have influenced her work.
portrait of two blacksmiths wearing aprons posing in a shop with blue painted brick walls

The Queue: Amy Weiks & Gabriel Craig

Amy Weiks and Gabriel Craig are the co-founders of Smith Shop, a dynamic, craft-centric metalworking studio based in Detroit. Amy shares a goldmine of new podcasts for you to check out to stay inspired, and Gabriel details which body of work best reflects our Fall issue's theme of "Kinship". See their book recommendations and more in this installment of The Queue.
two artists posing in their studio with weavings and symbolist paintings hanging on the walls

The Queue: Sandra & Wence Martinez

Sandra and Wence Martinez have been working together for decades in a true artistic partnership. Sandra is a symbolist painter. Wence is a weaver with ancestral roots in Oaxaca, Mexico. He weaves the patterns in her paintings. Together they make up Martinez Studio. They both share what kinship means to them, what their go-to tool is in their toolkit, and much more in The Queue.
photgrapher in charcoal tshirt and olive pants posing with a large format view camera

The Queue: Giles Clement

Giles Clement is a New York-based photographer who uses wet-plate methods to create his portrait work. He sees his photos as collaborative efforts telling the stories of his subjects only if they are open and willing to share. Giles lets us know which artists he's recently purchased work from, what's the biggest barrier he's had to break through as an artist, and more in The Queue.
portrait of artist looking up at a series o wall sculptures that look like bunches of flower pedals made from purple glass all hanging on a white wall

The Queue: Amber Cowan

Amber Cowan is a sculptural glass artist based in Philadelphia. Her work is based around the reuse and rejuvenation of American pressed glass. In this edition of The Queue read about Cowan's practice, what current exhibition she wants more people to know about, and how she stays grounded in her daily life.
artist holding up an ornately engraved brass key lock so that her eye can be seen through the open latch

The Queue: Jennifer Bower

Jennifer Bower is a fine hand engraver based in Michigan. She enjoys engraving old hand tools and locks, making functional items into something very personal and inspiring to use. In The Queue, she shares what's inspiring her, what she's currently reading, and which blacksmith she'd like to one day own work from.
portrait of smiling woodworker leaning against shop table with crossed arms wearing hat and purple shirt

The Queue: Sylvie Rosenthal

Sylvie Rosenthal is an artist and educator based out of Madison, Wisconsin, "who has become known for sculptural pieces that are whimsical, often surreal, and always challenging." She shares her favorite go-to tools and how she's broken personal barriers as a queer, female-bodied craftsperson in The Queue.
Portrait of Yi Hsuan Sung cupping glowing hanging agar lamp

The Queue: Yi Hsuan Sung

Yi Hsuan Sung is a textile designer who integrates craft and technology to create biodegradable textiles—and who enjoys discovering the littlest surprises from the natural world. She shares her favorite Instagram account for discarded NYC treasures and tells us which French ceramicist she'd like to start collecting work from.
Glass artist holding a rod with molten glowing glass on the end

The Queue: Pearl Dick

Glass artist, educator, and activist Pearl Dick is the co-founder of Project FIRE (Fearless Initiative for Recovery and Empowerment), a glassblowing and trauma recovery program for youth injured by gun violence in Chicago. An avid reader and social justice advocate, she has a handful of great book recommendations and current projects by like-minded artists she fills us in on.
masked person in red orange and black smock with tall black and white stockings and high heels posed on the floor

The Queue: matt lambert

matt lambert is a trans, nonbinary craft scholar, metalsmith, and multidisciplinary collaborator currently living in Stockholm, Sweden. They reflect on the challenges this year has brought, what it means to “flourish” in their work and practice, and what barriers they’ve broken through in their career. Get to know lambert’s inspirations in The Queue as they introduce you to new podcasts and exhibitions they’re currently keeping up with.
Three people working together at a table on a quilting project the middle person standing and pointing at a design

The Queue: Sara Trail

Sara Trail is a quilter and educator and the founder of Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA). This grassroots organization facilitates workshops and projects that create community while addressing the consequences of systematic oppression. Read what Sara is currently reading and listening to and how her work with SJSA nourishes herself and her community.
Woman in gray sweater leaning on table in studio

The Queue: Ava Roth

Ava Roth is a Toronto-based encaustic painter, embroiderer, and mixed-media artist who works in tandem with honeybees to create art objects embedded in honeycomb. She lets us know what artists are really catching her attention right now, and how the idea of “nourishment” has changed for her over the past year.