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Resourceful Redefined

BY SARAH BUTTENWIESER The witty reworked woollens of Crispina French A paragon of vivacious efficiency, Crispina ffrench rather likes the fact that both her work and her personality can be described with the same words:  resourceful, colorful, creative, and irreverent. Starting…

Design is Action

BY PATTY JOHNSON Observations on refining the meaning of contemporary craft and design If actions speak louder than words (and sometimes they do) and if definitions are nearly always imperfect, I think the best approach, to refining the meaning of new…

Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya

BY JUDY FRATER Three initiatives for the artisan designer. There is an old, ongoing, and passionate debate about the difference between art and craft. This debate will probably never find consensus, but it makes us ponder and observe. Years ago, three…

Supporting the Locals

BY JEAN ZUNKEL Interview with Kim Sacks, owner of Kim Sacks Gallery I recently spent the better part of a day with Kim Sacks at her beautiful home in Johannesburg, South Africa. Kim has been a friend for many years. She…

Destination Design: Istanbul

BY KEITH RECKER NYC’s Museum of Modern Art and the Tipsy Tray The streets of Istanbul are rich not just with history, but with modern life, too.  New York City’s Museum of Modern Art was drawn to Istanbul for just this…

Winged Creatures and Smiling Suns

BY TERRA FULLER Tradition and innovation in Quechua weaving The iconographic traditions of today’s Quechua weavers are rich with surprising innovation. These women may be carrying on ancient hand-woven patterns and loom techniques from pre-Inca times, but this is a living…

High Stylist

BY SHANE POWERS Shane Powers returns with bounty from Nepal Veteran photo stylist Shane Powers, who has had his hand in some of the most beautiful commercial photographs in recent memory, spent two months in Nepal last year. He returned with…

Wired Up

BY KAREN GIBBS Julia Griffiths Jones bends steel wire to her will, and her will is folk-inspired Welsh artist Julia Griffiths Jones moves from Eastern European folk costume to art and back again, in an often-humorous look at outfit and identity,…

Introducing AIDAI

BY REBECA SCHILLER Making a Difference with Style Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is abuzz, and it all has to with an award-winning fashion designer with a social conscience from Kyrgyzstan. Starting December 10th, a pop-up store in downtown Jackson will feature the…

Cutting Deep

BY ALICE DANA SPENCER Michael Velliquette is a contemporary mixed media sculptor currently working primarily with paper.  His sculptures, using vibrant colors and bold forms, are visually and structurally complex.  Using paper and glue with gator board (a heavy-duty polyester graphic arts…