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A flourish is a bold, extravagant gesture. To flourish means to grow or develop in a vigorous way. Flourishing also speaks to having a strong sense of well-being and meaning. So, for this issue, we looked to the craft community to find stories about many ways of flourishing. One thing that became clear when we put this collection of stories together was that flourishing is deeply connected to community.
We’re pleased to include “Unearthing the Craftscape,” a fascinating and informative story about how Namita Gupta Wiggers and others are offering us an important way to look at and talk about craft—one that is meaningful, holistic, and inclusive.
In “Owning It," you’ll learn about Tiff Massey, an interdisciplinary artist in Detroit who not only creates bold, dynamic contemporary art, but is also working to see how many people she can help through her work and how she can impact her community. And in “Absence Made Present,” you’ll discover a novelist’s poetic take on the powerful art of Diana Al-Hadid.
Ruth DeYoung Kohler II, a visionary curator from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, who died in November, understood how essential artists are to culture. She loved being with them and talking with them. We are honored to share her powerful legacy of helping artists flourish in “The Advocate” and to introduce you to Kohler’s new “Art Preserve,” which opens June 26.
We are also excited to share the work of artists whose aim is to help the planet thrive. “Sea Change” highlights artwork designed to raise awareness about the perils oceans face, including work by Courtney Mattison, whose ecologically oriented art is on the cover of this issue.
We hope these stories and others inspire you toward boldness and originality. What is worth taking a risk for? What is your role in creating a flourishing world?
KAREN OLSON / Editor
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