From the Editor
When planning this issue, we knew we had to include Fabiola Jean-Louis’ dresses, which she sculpts from paper and ornaments with images from the impacts of the transatlantic slave trade—images that can be quite difficult to look at. We also hoped you’d be as delighted as we are by the work of artists combining craft and fashion, including the stunning clothing born from a collaboration between the quilters of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, and designer Greg Lauren; the way Shae Bishop stitches ceramic tiles into unique menswear pieces; and how Nicole McLaughlin creates fantastical garments and accessories from objects that would otherwise go to the trash.
In these pages you’ll also find stories of how artists shape materials into meaning, including an in-depth profile of Sonya Clark and how she brings together the work of many to create visionary artworks.
I’ve been reminded by this work and these stories to again slow down to appreciate what human hands are capable of—and what it feels like to wear clothing designed with care for others and the future of the planet in mind. I hope you find inspiration here too.
Our thanks to Roseanne G. Pereira, who helped conceptualize this issue and made many great contributions to American Craft while she worked with us.
KAREN OLSON / Editor in Chief
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