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And the Award Goes To...

At every American Craft Council show, the ACC gives out Awards of Excellence to a group of exceptional exhibitors, who are selected by guest jurors. It's a thrilling event: Show-goers gather with jurors and ACC staff, then everyone marches off in a grand parade to surprise the winners in their booths.

Handmade in Japan, for Japan

The devastating earthquake in Japan, followed by the tsunami and ongoing nuclear crisis have shaken the hearts of people around the world. Organizations and individuals from all walks of life have poured their efforts into campaigns to help: university students can be seen on the streets with donation boxes; celebrities are giving charity performances; relief supplies and funds from other countries are sent to Japan everyday. Shan Shan, a textile artist from Osaka, has tried to support her country's grieving people with her artwork.

Signature Pieces

Anna Katherine Curfman's textured, nuno-felted work is like a floating, wearable sculpture.

Oaxaca: Craft as Culture

In the Mexican colonial city and its surrounding villages, the arts are a way of life.

Artist without Borders

As a child, Tanya Aquiñiga straddled the line between Mexico and the United States. Now her exuberant work crosses boundaries between cultures, materials, even genres.

Shows to See: Recycled Textiles, Porcelain Wallpaper, and More

Here at American Craft, we keep tabs on all kinds of shows, exhibitions, and opportunities to connect with makers. We publish a curated selection of these events – "Shows to See" – in every issue of our print magazine. Drawn from that list, here are five melt-your-heart picks for February. As we like (wistfully) to say: Go if you can.

Ackerman and Aguiniga at CAFAM

The Los Angeles creative community and assorted other cool folk came out in force January 29 for the festive opening of two exciting shows celebrating L.A. artists at the Craft and Folk Art Museum on Wilshire Boulevard.

CraftedSystems:Hope in the Making

Portland, Oregon-based designer Aurelie Tu hires women from a local YWCA shelter to help her assemble the stylish felt lampshades, rugs, and vessels she sells.

By Hook or by Crook

A huge installation of crocheted coral has taken root at the Smithsonian.

Object Lessons

Few have lived life as happily steeped in materials and handwork as James Bassler.

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