In Teotitlan del Valle, we visited The Bug in the Rug studio, run by J. Isaac Vasquez Garcia and his family. J. Isaac’s daughters Estela and Guadalupe were there to show us how the wool is carded and spun into thread. J. Isaac uses natural dyes including cochineal to dye his wool. Cochineal is an…
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On October 28, 2016, the Craft in America crew visited Tonalli Studio in East Los Angeles. Master Altar Maker Ofelia Esparza worked with her family and friends to make the paper flowers for the community altar at Grand Park in Los Angeles. This community altar was created to celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the…
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As the only non-American artist in this exhibition, Taweesak Molsawat brings the perspective of a Thai artist into this show. Pieces executed while he was teaching in the U.S. are exhibited in the Politically Speaking jewelry show. This is what he had to say: This body of work titled Signs of Life was created between 2005…
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Craft in America Center had the pleasure of welcoming Van Nuys High School students on Monday, 10/17. It was the first time the students had ever visited the Center, and for many, the first time ever exposed to political jewelry and the conversations this craft work prompted. The visiting students participated in two activities related to the Politically…
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Otis students in Joan Takayama-Ogawa and Jo Lauria’s Made in LA course visited the Politically Speaking exhibition at the Center today and explored the thematic content of the show vis-a-vis a critical examination of the individual pieces. After viewing the show, they visited Freehand and discussed the shifting role of American craft galleries and how artists…
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The American Craft Council 2016 conference, Present Tense is taking place right now in Omaha at the Kaneko. Here are a few photos from our time there. While in Omaha, we also attended the dedication of the medicine wheel benches that Therman Statom designed when we filmed him for the TEACHERS episode. It’s great to see the…
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Laurie Hall is one of the artists included in the Politically Speaking exhibition at the Craft in America Center. Below she speaks about her work. Politically Speaking: New American Ideals in Contemporary Jewelry is on view until November 5, 2016. Q: What was the impetus for Political Theater when you made the piece? LH: This narrative necklace was…
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Our Craft in America Center Director and Curator, Emily Zaiden, recently had an engaging virtual interview with jeweler Tiff Massey, whose work is now on display in the Politically Speaking exhibition. EZ: I would like to understand more about the messages you wanted to explore in creating this group of work. What was your inspirational…
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