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American Craft February - March 2017

Get American Craft digital magazine subscription today for its memorable stories and images that inspire readers to craft a conscientious, expressive life they feel good about. The magazine celebrates the age-old human impulse to make things by hand, in order to communicate, learn, heal, and connect. Our readers value community, sustainability, quality and authenticity.

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American Craft Council
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4 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
contemporary craft

GRAVERS LANE GALLERY 8405 Germantown Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19118 (Historic Chestnut Hill) (215) 247-1603 graverslanegallery.com L’ATTITUDE GALLERY 460-C Harrison Ave. Suite 8A Boston, MA 02118 (617) 927-4400 lattitudegallery.com THE GRAND HAND GALLERY 619 Grand Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102 (651) 312-1122 thegrandhand.com TOPAZ GALLERY 3145 Peachtree Road N.E. Suite 177 Atlanta, GA 30305 (404) 995-0155 topazgallery.net WEYRICH GALLERY THE RARE VISION ART GALERIE 2935-D Louisiana NE Albuquerque, NM 87110 (505) 883-7410 weyrichgallery.com WHITE BIRD GALLERY 251 N. Hemlock St. Cannon Beach, OR 97110 (503) 436-2681 whitebirdgallery.com…

3 min.
the tough make art

I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, but I’ve been stressed out. As I write this, the United States has just elected a new president after the most tumultuous election season in memory. And it’s not as if the election has brought closure. Friendships are ending over politics. Families are break ing apart. Hate crimes are surging. People are taking to the streets. The country feels more polarized, less civilized, than it has in decades. Like a lot of us, I’m looking for ways to cope with the discord, to feel hopeful again. I’m returning to the basics: eating well, exercising, trying to sleep, spending time with loved ones. But I’m also doubling down (as the pundits would say) on art. I used to make more art, but, paradoxically, my job is something of…

1 min.
to the editor

Master Insight A true treasure and a genius [“Masters: Gerhardt Knodel,” Oct. 10, online video]. The greatest teacher; his words still resonate with me daily. Thank you, Gerhardt! ~Pamela Wiley via An Inside Look What a studio [“Masters: Myra Mimlitsch-Gray,” Oct. 3, online video]! Would love to have a day in it. Inspiring. ~Orla O’Grady via Myra Mimlitsch-Gray – one of my art heroines. Thanks, American Craft! ~Bentley Utgaard via Lose the Labels I just finished reading your essay [“Read. Roar. Repeat,” Oct./Nov.], and I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed learning about the history of the magazine. I was so glad to read your response to the art critic’s charge that the magazine doesn’t pay much attention to the difference between art and craft anymore. I say, “Hear, hear!” Why do we have to pigeonhole the work?…

2 min.
on the web

Nine Posters, Starting Now Our anniversary celebration continues in this issue with the launch of our poster project commemorating 75 years of making. Here’s how you can get in on the action: •If you’re a history buff: You might expect to see charis -matic ceramist Peter Voulkos in a craft timeline, but rock legend Jimi Hendrix? From Eames chairs to Etsy’s founding, discover many fascinating craft connections. To see an interactive version of our timeline of key moments in craft history, visit craftcouncil.org/75years. •If you’re a collector: As part of your ACC membership, you’ll receive a special heritage-printed poster in each issue of the magazine. Like what you see? Be sure to tell a friend. The only way to enjoy this set of nine posters is to become a member. •If you’re a…

4 min.

On Our Radar Hannah Beatrice Quinn BROOMS AND DUSTPANS AREN’T likely to become trendy objects anytime soon, but this doesn’t deter 24-year-old Hannah Beatrice Quinn. She wants to make something you need. Starting with her thesis in the furniture design program at California College of the Arts, Quinn has been thoughtfully building a collection of what she calls “fine, handcrafted objects for daily life.” “In my generation, there’s this whole thing of not wanting your parents’ stuff and not wanting things that you have to carry around,” says Quinn, who earned her BFA in 2014. In her work, the San Francisco artist strives for a compromise between “special object” and necessity. “Like, if you’re going to be cooking, you need a good cutting board. You need a broom for wherever you live.” And Quinn’s brooms,…

4 min.
product placement block shop

california cool meets centuries of tradition at Block Shop, the Los Angeles design studio of Hopie and Lily Stockman. Working with printers and dyers in Bagru, Rajasthan, the two sisters create textile products – including their signature oversized cotton-silk scarves – woodblock printed in the traditional Indian way. The look is modern and minimal, with geometric patterns inspired by a desert vernacular and palette. “They’re a little bit bohemian. They love to travel, love to read. They appreciate how things are made, from their food to their clothes,” is how Hopie describes Block Shop customers, who include Hollywood regulars such as Drew Barrymore, Jenny Mollen, and Busy Philipps. “There’s a strong travel element to our products,” Hopie adds. “People love bringing their scarves on the plane, on the train, in the mountains. They’re lightweight,…