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American Craft December/January 2019

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American Craft Council
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4 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
tools, useful and otherwise

EVERY ISSUE WE PUBLISH HAS a theme, and as you might imagine, I’m more attuned to some than to others. Take this issue’s focus on tools. As the stories trickled in, it occurred to me that I’m not really a tool nerd, so maybe I’d need to rely on others’ insights. And yet, the morning is young, and already I’ve used two cups, a blender, a towel, a toothbrush, a hairbrush, a hair dryer, a phone, a pen, a computer, and a car. Tools are just as essential to my making life, of course; recently, a friend showed me a new kind of clasp cover, which has made the necklaces I like to make not only better-looking, but also more comfortable. That said, my use of tools – and this is no…

2 min.
tools, retooled

3 min.

On Our Radar Camila Chiriboga WHEN KIDNEY SURGERY LEFT Camila Chiriboga unable to dress herself for a couple of weeks, she realized how much independence lay in the simple act of putting on clothes. “I felt terribly vulnerable,” she remembers. “And then I realized how much it would affect the lives of people who actually have this challenge every single day.” She was a sophomore studying fashion design at Parsons School of Design, and the experience got her thinking about how she could use her skills to make a difference. A series of classes on designing clothes for people with physical and medical needs helped her get started. “We collaborated with occupational therapists and engineers to holistically think of how we approach the body,” she says, “and how to develop innovative technology or…

4 min.
fisher blacksmithing

TULI FISHER HAS HAD A LOT on his plate in recent months. As sole proprietor of Fisher Blacksmithing, he hammers out 3,000 to 4,000 garden tools every year – trowels, hoes, rakes. And when he spoke by phone in late August, he was deep in the throes of wedding planning, preparing for his nuptials in September. The 47-year-old has been working at his smithy in Bozeman, Montana, for 20 years, first as a farrier, and since 2006, as the maker of the sought-after tools, whose runaway success took him by surprise. He’s used to taking risks. Fisher started his career in sales and marketing; he was a natural and made a lot of money, but after a few years found he was bored and generally unfulfilled. “I woke up one morning and…

1 min.
schlep, rattle, and roll

5 min.
shows to see

AK/Anchorage Anchorage Art Museum Gertrude Svarny: Ukuqanaadan to Jan. 20 anchoragemuseum.org Gertrude Svarny finds art materials such as sea lion whiskers, sinew, and seal intestine in her native Aleutian Islands; the history, culture, and maritime home of her Unangax people provide her subject matter and inspiration. This show of the multifaceted artist includes 70 of her works in weaving, carving, and bentwood. AR/Little Rock Clinton Presidential Center The White House Collection of American Crafts: 25th Anniversary Exhibit to Mar. 31 clintonpresidentialcenter.org Once upon a time, Republican President George H.W. Bush declared 1993 the “Year of American Craft”; Hillary Clinton, First Lady of the succeeding Democratic administration, brought it to fruition. (And that, dear reader, is what bipartisan cooperation looked like before it turned into a unicorn and flew away.) This show, with work by some of the greatest artists in the…