The Week in Craft: November 27, 2013

The Week in Craft: November 27, 2013

Published on Wednesday, November 27, 2013.
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Murray Carter Knives

A set of damascus Bowie style knives by master bladesmith Murray Carter. Image courtesy of Murray Carter.

The weather in the Boston area right now is cold, damp, and dreary, but the basketry exhibition now on display at the Fuller Craft Museum is hot! “All Things Considered VII” is a biennial juried and invitational exhibition, organized by the National Basketry Organization. The show runs through February 23, 2014.

The next Rain Room has arrived in New York City, courtesy of artist Yayoi Kusama. The centerpiece of Kusama’s new exhibit, “I Who Have Arrived in Heaven,” at the David Zwirner Gallery is a mirrored infinity room, featuring LED lights, water, and the seemingly endless. The exhibition runs through December 21, but be sure to pack a snack for your wait to see the infinite.

At a recent art festival in Kobe, Japan, Hidemi Nishida Studio created an installation on scenic Mt. Rokko, in which five couches were placed on stilts outdoors. Known as Garden Sky, the installation offered arresting and relaxing views of the surrounding landscape.

It saddens us to report the passing of the exceptional ceramist Kirk Mangus. He was head of ceramics at Kent State University, exhibited internationally, and has had his work collected by museums and individuals across the globe. ACC staff member Julie Hanus recently interviewed Mr. Mangus in anticipation of his presence at the American Pottery Festival, which offers some insight into the aesthetic ideas of this gifted ceramist.

Design*Sponge recently posted about the work of Sara Berks, whose beautiful textiles were on display at the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn. Sara Berks operates under the name MINNA.

Designer Henry Baumann is taking reusable goods to the next level by turning old wooden cable drums – usually left over from construction sites – into functional furniture. The fact that the wooden lounge chair looks strikingly similar to a cornucopia is, we assure you, a happy coincidence.

Prepare to marvel at the work of Murray Carter, the 17th Generation Yoshimoto Bladesmith who now works out of his studio in Hillsboro, Oregon. The video production company Cineastas created a short documentary, which is certainly appropriate to call a “slice of life,” of Carter and his bodacious blades.

If you’re interested in being on the cutting edge of haute mewture, you should invest in a button-up shirt with cat embroidery by artist Hiroko Kubota. Originally made for her son, who is particularly fond of adorable internet cats, Kubota has now pounced on the opportunity to sell her shirts online.

The New York Times said it, so it’s the truth: Art makes you smart!

To all of our United States readers, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving; for non-U.S. readers, happy Thursday! As you prepare to consume both food and goods in the coming days, don’t forget to head to your local gallery, handmade store, or online Etsy shop for Small Business Saturday!

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