In Memory of Carolyn Benesh
It is with deep sadness that we share the news that our beloved Board Member, Carolyn Benesh, died early Wednesday morning. Carolyn was involved with Craft in America since its inception, serving as an advisor when our organization was established. This is a personal loss, a loss for Craft in America, and a loss for the entire field as we say goodbye to this true scholar and friend of craft.
As founding co-editor and co-publisher of Ornament Magazine since 1974, Carolyn traveled extensively, both within our country and internationally, documenting the finest expressions of the jeweler’s art and investigating the arts of textiles and clothing from all levels of world cultures; from royalty to the most humble artisans. She often visited festivals, fairs or shows wearing pieces from her extensive collection. Supporting the artists by purchasing their work was a personal practice for Carolyn, which led to many delightful pieces worn with flair and purpose. We will miss her eye and her sense of adventure. She loved beauty and saw it everywhere. Carolyn was a complex person, passionate about art, life, politics and culture. She treasured thinking about craft and imagining how we might advance the field. Her strong opinions and informed advice will be missed.
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