American Craft December/January 2020

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2 min.
taking stock

AT THE END OF THE YEAR, days are short, yet remain rich with the promise of becoming long again. It’s a time when many of us reflect on our triumphs, our losses, the lessons we’ve learned, and the changes we’d like to cultivate in our lives. In this issue, American Craft showcases both reflections on the year coming to a close and opportunities offered by the new one. Sarah Archer writes about the value of artist residencies, which provide makers much-needed time and space to experiment, to learn new skills, and, perhaps most importantly, to fail [“Experimental Spaces,” page 32]. (We hope the sampling of residencies on pages 40 – 41 inspires readers to make time for handwork in 2020.) Cleveland clay artist Angelica Pozo, who recently paid off her mortgage, offers practical…

3 min.
on our radar taisha carrington

AT 14, TAISHA CARRINGTON first chemically relaxed her Afro. Like many of her black peers in her native Barbados, she says she had considered straight, smooth hair essential for a more attractive, professional appearance. A decade later, the emerging jewelry designer created a series of earrings and hair accessories that uncovered her complicated, often negative beliefs about her natural hair, and she began a journey of self-acceptance. In the 2018 series, Woke in the Wake, she treats her own hair as a precious material, transforming it into a backdrop for pearls, peridots, and garnets. “The work is based on how we see ourselves as Afro-Caribbean or African-American people, whose self-value can be challenged a lot personally and from external sources,” says Carrington, 26, who splits her time between Albany, New York,…

1 min.
sense of self

An early start: “I’ve never known myself to not do art,” Carrington says. When she was 3 years old, her nursery school teacher told her mother she was a maestra with crayons. “I made a conscious effort to color inside the lines.” Showpiece: Carrington won first place in the Miss Barbados World pageant in 2011, thanks in part to her creativity in the talent category. She performed a contemporary dance on a large canvas while spreading pigment with her hands and feet. The routine “was choreographed so that when it ended, I had a painting, which was then lifted into the air,” she says. Playing with scale: At Pratt Institute, Carrington was originally accepted into the architecture program. She decided to pursue sculpture instead, which she studied for two years before settling on jewelry design.…

3 min.
bar none hat company

AS A SIXTH-GENERATION cattle rancher, Kaycee Orr-Hoffman understands that a cowboy hat is much more than a fashion statement. “For cowboys, it’s a tool,” she explains, gesturing toward a stack of unfinished hat bodies at Bar None Hat Company, her workshop and store in Thed-ford, a town of 218 residents in the Nebraska Sandhills. “It’s worn 365 days a year to keep your head protected from the sun, rain, and snow.” Orr-Hoffman started exploring the craft in 2002 under the guidance of two of her aunts, both hatmakers. At the time, she was working an office job in her hometown of Greeley, Colorado, but was drawn to the idea of creating by hand something both practical and beautiful. Hoping to one day have a family – she and her husband, cattle rancher…

1 min.
hat tips

Gold standard: Bar None hats are made with rabbit or preferably beaver felt; the latter is a naturally water-repellent material. Crease is the word: Crease is the word: The crease in your cowboy hat says a lot about who you are. In the Sandhills, the most popular shape is the cattleman’s crease – a divot flanked by two long troughs. The buckaroo style – round top, wide brim – is popular in Nevada. A “gus” crease narrows toward the front of the hat and is favored in Montana. Hats off: Always remove your hat by the crown. Then lay it upside down on the crown so that no part of the brim touches the surface. This minimizes the stress on the brim and will help the hat hold its shape. Also, never lay your cowboy…

4 min.
shows to see

AZ / Phoenix Heard Museum Celebrate! 90 Years at the Heard Museum In the course of its nine decades, the Heard has become one of the country’s greatest repositories of Native American art. The museum looked to its own trove for the treasures on view here, with jewelry, Pueblo pottery, and Navajo textiles among them. Also at the Heard, until April 5: “David Hockney’s Yosemite and Masters of California Basketry.” CA / San Jose San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles Know Your Meme: Stitching Viral Phenomena to Jan. 12 The museum collaborated on this exhibition with Know Your Meme, an organization that catalogs internet memes. They invited artists to create fiber works, such as quilts, embroidery, weavings, and baskets, that show or refer to memes. Online voters helped make the…