LANDSCAPE looks at the sublime and complex relationship between craft artists and their environment. The work these artists create often embodies the power, beauty and fragility of the natural world. LANDSCAPE highlights artists Jan Yager, Kit Carson, David Gurney, Richard Notkin, George Nakashima and Mira Nakashima. Their art is both a reflection of and commentary on the environment in which they live. Also featuring the Timberline Lodge, this hour discovers the handmade in landscapes where it is often hiding in plain sight. PBS premiere: May 30, 2007.
Kit Carson is an artist and jeweler, who lives and works at “Cactus Camp” in New River, Arizona. Carson grew up on a dude ranch in Arizona with supportive and energetic parents. He later attended the University of Oregon where he studied engraving, drawing, and sculpture. Influenced by his childhood the themes in his work include the southwest, cowboys, Art Nouveau, desert animals, dragonflies, and the Day of the Dead. Influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement, his work pays homage to the romanticism of the 1950’s American West.
David Gurney is a potter and painter. He received his MA in ceramics from California State University, Fullerton. He now lives on California’s Central Coast, where he maintains a huge garden and a sustainable life style. His work is influenced by nature, food, Mexican folk art and his childhood, growing up in a time of abundant orange groves and strawberry fields.
George Nakashima (1905-1990) was a woodworker, born in Spokane, Washington. He attended the University of Washington and received his Masters in Architecture from M.I.T. During WW2, he was placed in an internment camp where he learned woodworking from a Japanese carpenter. In 1943 he opened a woodworking shop and studio in New Hope, Pennsylvania and employed some of the world’s finest craftsmen. Today the Nakashima Studio is operated by his daughter, Mira Nakashima-Yarnall.
Mira Nakashima-Yarnall has followed her father’s path by becoming a woodworker. She attended Harvard University and received a Masters degree in architecture from Waseda University in Tokyo. She worked with her father, George Nakashima, for many years, as a colleague and designer in his workshop. Since her father’s death in 1990, she has been the creative director of the Nakashima studio, in New Hope, PA, where she continues to produce her father’s classic furniture designs and to design and produce her own work as well. She lives with her family at the studio compound in New Hope, Pennsylvania.
Richard Notkin is a ceramic artist who works in Helena, Montana. Influenced by the tradition of Yixing pottery, his work is a vehicle for political commentary. He received his BFA from Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from the University of California, Davis.
Timberline Lodge was built by the Works Progress Administration in 1936 in Northern Oregon. It was dedicated in September 1937 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and he declared it a venture made possible by the WPA to represent new opportunities in the United States. Artists working under the Federal Art Project created works and furnishings for the lodge, which remain intact today. The lodge is an inn and ski resort, but it is also a museum—housing a catalogued permanent exhibition of American design, painting, and craft work of the 1930s. The building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1978.
Jan Yager is a jeweler. She attended Western Michigan University and received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is well known for her use of nature and found objects in her work. She currently has a studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she uses urban flora, such as the parslane weeds that grow through the cracks in the pavement, to embellish her silver and gold tiaras, brooches, earrings and necklaces. She uses urban cast-offs, such as crack vials, to create jewelry that comments on contemporary society.
Director Daniel Seeger ∙ Executive Producers Carol Sauvion, Kyra Thompson ∙ Created by Carol Sauvion ∙ Writer Kyra Thompson ∙ Editor Leonard Feinstein ∙ Director of Photography Peter Pilafian ∙ Music Laura Karpman ∙ Line Producer Patricia Bischetti ∙ Field Producer Lisa Chemery ∙ Narrator Randy Oglesby ∙ Production Coordinator Sandi Williams ∙ Assistant Editor George Valdez ∙ Sound Recordist Greg Hutto ∙ Additional Camera Jeff Streich, Chip Schner ∙ Assistant Camera Jeff Hogan, Troy Beauchamp, Alan Gitlin ∙ Grips Martin Bauman, Tyson Carpenter, Peter Mackie, Mike Mahoney, John Nichols, Noah Reitman, Sigfried Seeliger ∙ Main Title Director of Photography Steven Poster ∙ Motion Control Cinematographer David Drzewiecki ∙ Title Sequence Design Solly Communications ∙ Post Production Video The Post Group ∙ Post Production Sound Wild Woods ∙ Additional Music Nora Kroll Rosenbaum ∙ Music Editor Shannon Halwes ∙ Archival Materials Courtesy of American Philosophical Society, The Bancroft Library, Mary Bloom, The Bridgeman Art Library, Budget Films Stock Footage, James Bunn, Buyout Footage, Corbis, Daily Titan, Family Dog Productions, FootageBank, Friends of Timberline Archive, George M. Henderson, The Holter Museum of Art, Multnomah County Library, (c) Musha Trust / ADAGP, Paris / ARS, New York, Library of Congress, National Archives, The New York Times, Nathan T. Notkin, Norton Air Force Base, Oregon Historical Society, Portland Art Museum, United States Forest Service, Victoria and Albert Museum, The WPA Film Library ∙ Special Thanks Jacoba Atlas, Steve Fenton, Susan A. Grode, Jo Lauria, Donna Ropp, Dighton Spooner ∙ Thank You Linny Adamson, The Archie Bray Foundation, Shaye Areheart, Sue Barry, Carolyn Benesh, Ken Brecher, Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi, Miguel Angel Corzo, Lois Dubin, Lani Lattin Duke, Shan Emmanuelli, Jeannine Falino, George Nakashima Woodworker S.A., Dale Gluckman, Beverly Gordon, Lloyd Herman, Karin Higa, United States Forest Service, Elaine Levin, Robert Liu, Douglas Lynch, Bruce Metcalf, Eudorah Moore, Sarah Munro, Alix Myerson, Kevin Nakashima, Masamichi Nitani, R.L.K. and Company, Rachael Reitman, Howard Risatti, Toshi Seeger, George R. Shepard, Jim Swenson, Timberline Lodge, Kenneth R. Trapp, Denise Tuel, Roz Tunis, John Zipprich ∙ Pro Bono Professional Services Au Bon Climat Winery, David Berger CPA, JD, Katten, Muchin, Rosenman, LLP, Steve Fenton, Lloyd Solly ∙ Pro Bono Technical Services Anthony Cortese, Barry Dornfeld, Innovision, Plus 8 Video ∙ Executive in Charge for ITVS Sally Jo Fifer ∙ Presented in association with KCET / Los Angeles ∙ KCET Executive in Charge Joyce Campbell ∙ KCET Production Executive Robert McDonnell ∙ Craft in America is a co-production of Craft in America, Inc. and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). © 2006 Craft in America, Inc. All Rights Reserved.