The Week in Craft: August 7, 2013

The Week in Craft: August 7, 2013

Ruth Asawa

Ruth Asawa sculpture, displayed at the "Made with Paper" exhibition of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts.

The good people at Spoonflower are looking for submissions for their upcoming craft and design book. If you have completed an interesting fiber or wallpaper project using Spoonflower swatches or designs, submit your project and it could be published.

Creativebug has posted a lovely video that features stars from the social media world, all of whom were attending the recent Alt Summit in San Francisco, talking about why handmade is important.

Interested in purchasing a 3D printer but still scared of the price of hardware and materials? Just wait until February 2014, when specific patents on printing technology will expire, opening the door for a wave of new, low-cost printers.

In the aftermath of Detroit’s declaration of bankruptcy, the art world has been abuzz about the fate of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ collections, which could be put up for sale to recover the city’s debt. New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl wrote a controversial essay two weeks ago on what should be done to the collection, followed by a recant a few days later.

Walk with us down memory lane, dear reader, and remember our previous post about the candidates for the 2013 MCBA Prize for international book artists. The winner of the prize was recently announced and his amazing creation can now be viewed on the MCBA Prize website.

Fiber artist Ludmila Aristova and 37 others are the stars of “Who’s Who: A Survey of Noho-M55 Artists,” which opened yesterday in Manhattan at the Noho and M55 Galleries, which combined in 2012.

August Craft Month is an annual celebration – organized by Craft Northern Ireland – that features craft-related events and activities that are open to the public. To kick off the month-long celebration, the city of Derry unveiled a gorgeous giant quilt made by local artist Aine Clark and filled with mementos from city residents. 

Artist group MONOMOKA (comprised of twin sisters Monika and Kasia Gwiazdowska) has been creating a unique furniture series that makes great use of knitted and crocheted pieces. The furniture is appealing to the eyes and seems just as good for weary hams and barking dogs.

We’ll keep spinning the yarn of fiber-related posts and intrigue you with this new twist on the Mona Lisa, made of 2,156 spools of thread in 63 colors.

We’re in the midst of the Annual League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair, the oldest annual crafts fair in the nation. Celebrating its 80th anniversary this year with 350 craftsmen showcasing their work, craft demonstrations and workshops, and family entertainment, the fair runs through Sunday, August 11, at the Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, New Hampshire.

We are issuing a friendly reminder to our readers, artists, and advocates to complete the 2012 Economic Census if you received a form from Uncle Sam and have yet to complete it. Having as many people complete the census as possible is critical to the craft community, as it helps determine the government's decisions on economic planning and funding, amongst other things.

Are you a steadfast admirer of Josef Albers’ 1963 book Interaction of Color? Well, it is the 50th anniversary of the tome and to celebrate the occasion, Yale University Press has created an app for this milestone publication on art, color theory, and design.

Our friends and neighbors at Springboard for the Arts were in the New York Times this week for a feature on art CSAs. Also in the article is Philadelphia Folklore Project’s Folk Art CSA, featuring craft works by local artists.

While often perceived as being on opposite sides of the brain, art and science actually go together like peas and carrots. Think of the Impressionists and optics, Surrealism and psychology, contemporary design and 3D printing, and in the case of Bobby Jaber, ceramics and molecular chemistry.

It is with a heavy heart that we end The Week in Craft by discussing the death of sculptor Ruth Asawa. Known for her modernist style, crocheted wire sculptures, and public art installations in San Francisco, Asawa was a champion for arts education for both adults and children. She attended Black Mountain College in the 1940s under Josef Albers, Buckminster Fuller, and Merce Cunningham, and founded the San Francisco School of the Arts (now the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts) in 1982. A pioneering sculptor and tireless promoter of the arts in society, Ruth Asawa will be missed in her adopted hometown of San Francisco and far beyond.

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