October/November 2008

October/November 2008

Featured Articles

Polly Dickens: Craft and Culture at the Conran Shop

As creative director of the Conran Shop, Polly Dickens brings her love of handcrafted objects from around the world to bear on the products and collections that go into creating the Conran look. In conversation with Iain Aitch, Dickens explains how she finds suppliers and makers and how she brings together designers, makers and manufacturers for fruitful results.

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Wendell Castle: Shifting Shapes and Breaking Rules

In a day spent with the legendary furniture maker and sculptor Wendell Castle at his work studio in Scottsville, New York, Laurie Manfra learns about his success as the result of a lifelong ambition to push the limits of materials, question the constraints of craftsmanship and defy the inclinations of the art and craft markets.

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Henry Moore Textiles

The British sculptor Henry Moore is known worldwide for monumental works in organic shapes, often inspired by stones, bones and seashells, and also

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Arline Fisch: Creatures From the Deep

Fisch dives in with textile techniques applied to metal, creating a shimmering street-side aquarium of jellyfish sculptures for the Racine Art Museum's Windows on Fifth Gallery.

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Joseph Walsh

When Joseph Walsh was eight years old he fell in love with wood.

Klaus Moje

Sue Taylor offers an in-depth appreciation of kiln-glass master Klaus Moje's retrospective at the Portland Art Museum, Oregon.

Making is Thinking

Barry Schwabsky considers two weighty books that in distinctive ways reexamine the place of manual skill in our culture.

Material Matters: Quiltmaking in the 21st Century

Materially speaking, quilt makers today have left tradition behind. Investigating the quilts in the Columbus Museum of Art show "Material Matters," Christine Kaminsky discovers bold works that broach new frontiers of meaning, materials and techniques.

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Small Revolutions

Francine Seders Gallery
Anne Hirondelle
Seattle, Washington
September 5-October 12, 2008

Seeing Red: The Intrigue of Russian Textiles

Susan Meller, a veteran textile collector, has assembled and published an eye-dazzling array of Russian-manufactured fabrics made for the bazaars of Central Asia. Andrea DiNoto queries her on the allure of these colorful cloths and garments and on her tech-savvy approach to locating choice examples.