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Shaping the Future of Craft
Did you miss the American Craft Council’s 10th National Leadership Conference in October of 2006? If so, you can now catch up on all proceedings with a purchase of the just released 192-page publication, “Shaping the Future of Craft.”
Did you miss the American Craft Council's 10th National Leadership Conference in October of 2006? If so, you can now catch up on all the proceedings with a purchase of the just released 192-page publication, "Shaping the Future of Craft."
Whether you were a conference attendee or simply curious about what went on, you’ll want to pick up a copy of this recap of the intense three-day event. With over 450 makers, artists, scholars, designers, architects and other craft supporters in attendance, the discourse was electric and printed words provide for much needed space to reflect on the flurry of ideas that were brought to the fore.
Sculptor Martin Puryear delivered the conference key note speech, concluding with a rumination on the continually provocative statement, "painting is dead," first uttered by Paul Delaroche in 1839: “Is painting dead?” Puryear asks. “To my mind, when you read [Is painting dead?], it’s a clear call to pick up your brushes, go back to the studio and make painting come alive like it's never been alive before.” Applying that thought to craft set the tone for the next two days which were filled with heated discussion, and at times disagreements, as well as inspiring conversations and thought-provoking panel discussions.
"Shaping the Future of Craft" is filled with conference transcripts and over 50 color images of work presented during the panel discussions. It also includes an introductory essay by Lydia Matthews, Associate Dean of Educational Programs at Parsons, and a DVD audio recording of Puryear's keynote address including images used during his talk.