The Week in Craft: April 11, 2018

The Week in Craft: April 11, 2018

Your weekly dose of links about craft, art, design, and whatever else we’re excited about sharing

Published on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.
Katie Doka, Scarlet Macaw

Katie Doka makes amazingly tiny and lifelike birds and animals.

Courtesy of the artist

Tonight's ACC Library Salon Series features AIGA Minnesota presenting the panel “Step Away from the Screen.” We caught up with moderator and AIGA Minnesota member Brent Stickels for a preview.

The American Craft Show in St. Paul returns to RiverCentre (April 20 – 22), and tickets are also available to join us at the Preview Party on Thursday, April 19. Glam up for an evening of fancy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and live music – and the chance to shop the show first.

We are blown away by these tiny beautiful birds made by Copenhagen-based artist Katie Doka.

For those of you who enjoy embroidery and are also expecting a child, you can now commemorate the first sight of your offspring with a sonogram embroidery.

Check out these incredible lifelike and life-sized animals made from wire by artist Candice Bees.

Baltimore knitter Sam Barsky, aka "the landmark sweater guy," is in the news again. The newest article about his growing fame may be in the New York Times but American Craft had the story first. If you're a Barsky fan, be sure to watch our charming 2017 interview with him.

Public artist Risa Puno has a new work on view in Chinatown Boston until February 2019. Titled Year of the Dog, the interactive piece both "celebrates the characteristics of the Chinese zodiac dog and honors the collective memory and experiences of the Chinatown Boston community." To learn more about Puno, read American Craft's article "Game Theory."

Theaster Gates has been appointed the first visiting artist and director of artist initiatives at the Lunder Institute of American Art, part of the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine.

The Smithsonian recently proposed to launch the American Women’s History Initiative, which may receive partial federal funding – and also may lead to a future American Women’s History Museum in Washington, DC.

Human hair has been used in the creation of art pieces for thousands of years. Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum hosts an exhibition celebrating that tradition in “Woven Strands: The Art of Human Hair Work,” on view through September 16.

There are a ton of calls open for exhibitions, lectures, demonstrating artists, and more for the 2019 NCECA conference, which takes place in Minneapolis.