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American Craft October - November 2016

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American Craft Council
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4 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
resistance is fruitful

WITH THIS ISSUE, I’VE BEEN thinking about longevity. As we’ve talked with the winners of the 2016 American Craft Council Awards, which honor people who have continued to make a difference for more than 25 years (page 46), I’ve pondered the commitment and perseverance that sort of influence requires. And as I researched the history of this magazine to mark our 75th anniversary (page 70), I’ve been struck by two editors in chief: Lois Moran, who led for 27 years – one of the longest tenures of any magazine editor in her day – and Rose Slivka, at the helm for 20 tumultuous years. I’ve wondered: How does someone – editor, artist, anyone – negotiate the challenge of thriving in a given role for decades? It might be tempting to assume the…

1 min.
color on the side

Day job: Managing the wholesale business of Coral & Tusk, a Brooklyn company that specializes in embroidered home goods. Time spent: Her large pieces – up to 50 by 18 inches – require four to six weeks of steady work in the evenings and on weekends. Motivation: “My pieces celebrate girlhood and youth, and I’m not afraid of being feminine, because weaving has historically been done by women.” Heroes: Sheila Hicks, Lenore Tawney, Anni Albers. Craft-school connections: Teaches at the Textile Arts Center, where she’s also had a residency. She’s been a tapestry assistant at Penland School of Crafts and studied at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Big plan: She hopes to do more residencies and eventually focus on fiber art full time.…

2 min.
alicia scardetta

THE FIRST THING MOST PEOPLE notice about Alicia Scardetta’s weavings and wall hangings is their prismatic array of tropical colors: coral pink, turquoise, neon yellow, magenta. The 26-year-old Brooklyn artist says her playful palette was inspired by the Nickelodeon cartoons she watched as a kid, her family’s Mexican heritage, and her upbringing in sunny San Antonio, Texas. She’s also described her work as riffing on childhood friendship bracelets. “A lot of adults seem afraid of using vibrant colors or having them in their homes,” Scardetta says. “The color makes my pieces different from what people expect when they think of textile art.” Scardetta’s pieces have quickly found a following since she began making them about five years ago. Her work has been shown in several group exhibitions and featured in boutiques around…

1 min.
in the groove

Two of a kind: Though co-founders David Short and George Dubinsky didn’t start working together until they met at Rochester Institute of Technology, they attended the same community college furniture design program, and later found out they had the same guitar teacher growing up. Homage: Their company is named for Edgewood Road in Yardley, Pennsylvania, where Dubinsky grew up and started working with wood. Inside out: The Edgewood Made workshop is adorned with rockclimbing holds that reconnect the pair to nature even when they’re surrounded by machines. Part of the process: Edgewood ceramics have long been made in four muted colors, but the pair recently added a fifth: a combination of the other colors’ salvaged leftovers, for a marbled look. Says Short: “We didn’t wake up one day and say ‘Oh, we want…

2 min.
edgewood made

DAVID SHORT AND GEORGE Dubinsky are on a mission to fill every room in your home with their deliberate, simple housewares. The Edgewood Made co-founders connected in 2011 in the furniture design program at the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology. Thanks to that foundation, “we’ve always seen the house as this cabinet that stores all these other levels of objects,” Dubinsky says. Their company’s first object: the signature wood-grain ceramic cup that Dubinsky originally designed for his thesis show. Since then, the pair has designed and manufactured accessories and furniture including bowls, plates, flasks, vases, tables, and chairs – all produced in small batches at their six-person workshop in Philadelphia. The forms vary, but are united by Short and Dubinsky’s shared aesthetic and product philosophy. Their approach emerged during…

5 min.
shows to see

AL / Dothan Wiregrass Museum of Art Assimilation: From Clay to Cotton, the Pottery of Guadalupe Lanning Robinson to Dec. 31 wiregrassmuseum.org The artist moved from her native Mexico City to Alabama more than 30 years ago. Both cultures inspire her pottery and quilts, and her work in cloth informs her work in clay: Her wheel-thrown stoneware pots are embellished with detailed hand-drawn designs that have a quilt-like geometry. CA / Los Angeles Edward Cella Art & Architecture Jun Kaneko: Mirage to Oct. 29 edwardcella.com This show marks the artist’s return to the state where he got his start more than 50 years ago, when he studied with Peter Voulkos at Berkeley and Paul Soldner at Scripps College. Black-and-white ceramic sculptures are paired with a series of 9-by-7-foot abstract paintings stretching 63 feet to form an installation replete with…