70 Years of Making: The Timeline

70 Years of Making: The Timeline

Published on Monday, July 25, 2011. This article appears in the August/September 2011 issue of American Craft Magazine.
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We're celebrating America's handmade history and our own with a timeline of 70 years of craft history.

Great moments in craft: That's what we set out to capture when we decided to mark American Craft's 70th anniversary with a 70-year timeline of making in the United States. But set aside any ideas you might have of a linear chronology with clear-cut categories and tidy edges. What we found, working with 16 contributors and (literally) a library of reference books, is a fascinating tangle of people, institutions, exhibitions, technologies, economic history, and culture - high and low. We tried to capture the gloriously messy interplay of events as well as the visual vibrancy of the past seven decades. But this is a work in progress. We hope you'll help us build the ultimate craft timeline.


P.S. Check out our additional blogs, submission guidelines, and added features. We'll also be updating the timeline once a month or so as your suggestions roll in. Feedback? Send a note to [email protected]. Enjoy!