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Monthly Archives: October 2008

How Envy Killed the Crafts Movement: An Autopsy in Two Parts

I’ve been thinking a lot about craft. About the extraordinary beauty, skill, and experimentation in the work of Gertrude and Otto Natzler (currently on show at the Museum of Contemporary Craft) as well as the bolts of rough, rust-colored wool cloth with two burnt mustard stripes down the center woven by my German great-grandmother and […]


“So when I write my idea of what success is… (it is) if it’s caused a shift in ideas.” from Garth Clark interview in PORT. Just the other side of a fashion week, having just written about a couple of craft exhibitions while thinking about a contemporary furniture show and a now-closed visual art installation, […]

Manuf®actured Delivers In More Ways Than One

As the Museum of Contemporary Craft moved from its Lair Hill location to its new Baja Pearl location, it was going through more than a physical move. The institution went through an intense self-examination resulting in a redefinition of itself and its mission. Most critically (in all senses of the word) the word “craft” was […]

PMMNLS Line-Up Released

image via Andrea Zittel‘s A-Z an institute of investigative living It is perhaps enough that PMMNLS brings international, national, and regional artists to PSU to talk about their work every Monday night of the school year. But even better, the talks are open to all and completely free. Three cheers for the educational institutions doing […]