August/September 2008

August/September 2008

Featured Articles


Let 'em Eat Cake

Does the current DIY renaissance have political import? Sabrina Gschwandtner weighs in on the subject, casting an eye on the "Sugarcraft" exhibition in Chicago.


Craft & Community

Artecnica and Denyse Schmidt Quilts both build community through craft. In conversations with Joyce Lovelace, the heads of these companies reveal their blend of altruism and entre­preneurship and offer a vision of handwork as a catalyst for positive change.

In This Issue


Craft & Politics

Outside the studio door it's a political season, something the craft field always seems to recognize-for better or for worse.

Cranbrook, Craft & What the Future May Hold

The Cranbrook Academy of Art was founded with a utopian vision based on earlier arts and crafts communities. Roger Green examines the history of the school and the issues raised by the Cranbrook idea of craft.


Earl Pardon: Palette Maestro

Kimberly Cridler demonstrates the artistry of Earl Pardon's metalwork in a survey at the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin.


Josh Urso Design

Josh Urso's furniture and lighting designs are moments frozen in time that invite us to stop, observe and wonder.

Keeping it Real

Laurie Manfra discovers that it takes almost a village-or at least a full team of glassblowers and machinists-to create Lindsey Adelman's made-to-order innovative Bubble chandeliers.

L. Brent Kington

Polly Ullrich explores the groundbreaking role of "mythic metalsmith" L. Brent Kington in developing blacksmithing as an art form in his retrospective at the Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery.


Whether by pen and paper or through the wonders of the web, the feedback keeps coming.


Making the New MADhouse

Shonquis Moreno finds that in the act of transforming New York's Huntington Hartford building into the new home for the Museum of Arts & Design, Allied Works Architecture has created a vast crafted object.

Margo Grant Walsh: Collecting by Design

Interior architect Margo Grant Walsh has assembled a stellar collection of 20th-century silver and metalwork, now on view in an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and documented in its companion book. Alan Rosenberg visits with Grant Walsh and finds out what prompted this ongoing collecting passion.


Open Weave

Hibberd McGrath Gallery
Jim Kraft
Breckenridge, Colorado
August 1-24, 2008

Public Works

Edward Lebow contends that public works at their best have enabled artists to alter the experience and function of common spaces, but that lack of training has limited the talent pool needed to build upon these achievements.