Thursday, April 26, 2012

Blogging Elsewhere

I might be a little bad at posting here, but I am excited to announce that I wrote a guest blog post for the American Craft Council that you can find here. It discussed my research process for my thesis on OBJECTS: USA back in 2010. Sure, it was a while back, but the materials are still in the library. The most important thing I think people should take away from it is that if you're researching a craft topic, don't neglect to look for funding. The Center for Craft Creativity and Design in Hendersonville, NC, is very generous and excited to help people uncover new ideas and research. The Craft Council would also be very excited to have you come to their lovely library space and research. Enjoy the post, and while you're there, check out the other great things the Craft Council is doing.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

American Craft Council Baltimore Show

Back in February (was it already that long ago?) I took a Saturday for my annual pilgrimage to the American Craft Council show in Baltimore. I was excited as I missed last year's show, and this year the Craft Council had special categories, including "Under $100" for young craft collectors. (That's me!)

I did my usual walk-through, noting the things that I really liked and considering going back as I navigated the aisles. Then I came to Andrea Haffner's booth. Her work is astounding. I loved her wall hangings, and could have spend hours staring at them. She uses nature in her works--literally--pulling leaves, stalks, flowers, and other things from the earth, matching them with contrasting colors and shapes. I looked over her necklaces, and knew that one of those was going on my list of things I wanted.

I continued on my journey, getting halfway down the next aisle before I realized I needed to turn around, lest someone take the necklace I had fallen in love with. I chose a long rectangular piece, with a turquoise background with pink peppercorns above small pieces of straw, to create the illusion of flowers. I love this necklace. And her other jewelry comes in colors and shapes for everyone!

As much as I enjoyed other things at the Craft Council show, this is one of the best things I've ever seen. Unique, beautiful, and she has photographs as well as the amazing wall hangings that I am already saving up for.