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American Craft October - November 2014

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American Craft Council
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in this issue

5 min.
celebrating the spirits

EL DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS – THE Day of the Dead – has long been an important holiday in Mexico, a vivid blend of indigenous and Western beliefs, celebration and mourning, the pleasures of life embraced against a backdrop of the inevitability of death. Now, thanks to grassroots celebrations and museum exhibitions, it is becoming a seasonal event in the United States as well. Whereas death is often considered a taboo, or at best, an uncomfortable subject in the United States, in Mexico, it is accepted as a fact of life, and a common belief holds that relatives’ spirits come back on the Day of the Dead for a joyful visit. Skulls, marigolds, and colorful banners of papel picado, tissue-paper cutouts that decorate every kind of celebration in Mexico, are familiar…

18 min.

On Our Radar Character Building COLIN PEZZANO MAKES anthropomorphized furniture with long, gesturing limbs and other lifelike features. A tall, slender table in Pepto-Bismol pink has the loose, gangly legs of an octopus (or perhaps an awkward teenager), plus a name to suit its character: Phil.Pezzano has another tall, slender table he calls Stranger Danger. With four legs and an elevated front paw – the canine reference is unmistakable – Stranger Danger comes off as playful and fun. “I draw a lot from ’90s cartoons like Ren & Stimpy and comic books I really like by Daniel Clowes and Charles Burns,” Pezzano explains. Like a lot of Pezzano’s work, which relies on cartoonish colors and irreverent figures, Stranger Danger has a surprisingly sad back-story. Pezzano named the piece for the mannerisms of…

4 min.
to the editor

Wearables Issue I am so pleased with the contents of the August/ September issue with a focus on sustainable fashion. My design, teaching, and research revolve around sustainability. It is a joy to read about the profiled designers [“The Slow Road”] and their work. ~Anupama Pasricha, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN, via email My NY-CA flight: Devour issue of @AmericanCraft cover to cover, get wildly inspired, design new hand-knit capsule collection in the air. ~Elena Rosenberg via I am overwhelmed by this magazine’s visual format! It is refreshing and innovative and so easy to absorb. As a visual artist, I relate to a layout with more photos, captions, and concise descriptions. Thanks for a wonderful publication. ~Dan Read via email More Bodacious Bikes Very cool [“Total Overhaul,” Aug./Sep.]! For more great bike art, check out Wisconsin artist…

26 min.
masters 2014 american craft council awards

Learn More Watch video from our visits with the new honorees at craftcouncil.org, where you will also find more information about the winners and additional images of their work, through the ACC Library’s Digital Collections. THE PEOPLE ON THE FOLLOWING PAGES have all been honored many times for their work. They are standouts in their fields, innovators and experts. They are at the top of many lists. Now they are being recognized again – with, several told us, an honor that means more than most. Why? Because they were selected by people as accomplished as they are. They were chosen by peers. And, as 2014 Honorary Fellow Tina Oldknow puts it, “awards from peers mean a lot, because those are people who know your field best.” Each of the new American Craft Council Fellows…

4 min.
cut out for it

CHARLES CLARY laughs when he reveals the name of his art supply store – the Sassy Scrapper. “It does feel a little weird to go to a scrapbook store to get my paper,” says Clary, 34, who lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. “My fiancée jokes that I’m always the only dude in there. Sometimes they’re having a class, like on how to make a flower, and I’m there buying 400 sheets of paper.” From the 200-plus colors he has to choose from, Clary typically selects bright, bold tones to create the sophisticated, amoeba-like forms he makes by layering piece after piece of paper. When fully stacked, they resemble millefiori patterns so precisely rendered it’s hard to imagine each is cut by hand. Clary’s past informs his designs. As a boy in eastern Tennessee, he…

2 min.
deep focus

IN THE EARLY DAYS OF HER career as a stained glass artist, Judith Schaechter did not take her medium seriously. “I was very sloppy; I was very impatient; and I was just a bad craftsperson,” she says. Not that she was humble about that. On the contrary, she was defiant. Had she been challenged, she says, “I would have defended being a slob, vehemently defended it.” It was the ideas behind her work that mattered, she reasoned; mastering glass was incidental. Today she tells a different story. “I have become a craftsman and I have developed nothing but respect for it,” she says. “And I also have developed strong feelings about dedication to a single medium and even single processes.” Schaechter is one of seven new inductees into the American Craft Council…