Light. When winter takes hold, I find myself grateful to be surrounded by warmth at home: the softness of simple, natural textiles, the steam of hot tea rising from a pleasing cup, the delight of seeing sunlight glistening through blown glass. We need such comforts when the snow or rains arrive. And for those of you in warmer climes, the shortened days may lead you to appreciate extending the light with a lamp or candle.
In this issue we explore light in craft from different angles. On the cover you’ll see a sculptural lamp by Rogan Gregory. This Malibu, California–based artist, also known for his furniture, is one of eight artists and designers included in our story about lamps that take illumination to new heights. We also feature a collection of light houses—sculptural works made of various materials that emanate and bend light, providing a beacon or soft glow—and the translucent, candy-like resin furniture of artist Ian Alistair Cochran, who lives in Chicago.
You’ll also find works in lofty wool. Textile and visual artist Amber M. Jensen writes about finding inspiration in her light-filled Minneapolis studio. And we feature an adapted excerpt from Sofi Thanhauser’s book Worn: A People’s History of Clothing that traces the story of wool from the sheep ranches of Wyoming to Rabbit Goody’s small weaving mill in upstate New York.
In addition, we bring you the second installment of our feature called The Scene. This iteration focuses on New Orleans and tells the story of this vibrant city, bursting with craft, through the eyes of six artists who live and work there. Two other locals—a wonderful writer and an inspired photographer—helped bring this story to life.
There are so many more artists and makers, not to mention mediums and works, we would have liked to include in these pages. Rest assured, we at American Craft are hard at work planning ways to bring you more stories that shed new light on craft—from how we make it to how we live with it. Keep an eye on us in the coming year. It’s going to be exciting.
KAREN OLSON / Editor in Chief
American Craft Council publishes American Craft on a quarterly basis but reserves the right to change the number of issues in an annual term, including discontinuing any format and substituting and/or modifying the manner in which the subscription is distributed.
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