Renegade Craft Fair is the most notorious name of the multitude of indie craft fairs that are organized today. Having its modest start in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago in 2003, it is now held 10 times per year in six different cities showcasing the art, craft, and design of countless makers from across the country. This year marked another milestone for Renegade as it made a jump across the pond, bringing the event to London.
Be very careful if you decide to embark on a DIY project. It could change your life forever. In 1987, fashion designer Karen Thompson was restoring her home and taught herself the ancient craft of mosaics. It became her career, replacing fabric and buttons with ceramic and glass.
This isn't the first time we've been excited about Costantino Nivola. A feature on the artist and his work was included in the January-February 1959 issue of Craft Horizons, five years before he completed the concrete playground we highlight in Crafting Manhattan.
This glimpse of the Sardinian-born artist in his Midcentury heyday shows a man who is working hard to blur the lines between art and architecture in the world he sculpts.
If you feel a spark in the air, it's because we're in the midst of American Craft Week, which runs through next Sunday, Oct. 16. This is the second year for the nationwide celebration of American craft traditions and innovations. Dozens of galleries, artist studios, festivals, and art institutions are taking part - more than 40 in western North Carolina alone. It's an opportunity to revel in wonderful handmade goods and celebrate the enterprising people who make them.
Born in the city of Sarajevo in 1924, now the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ilana Shafir knew from an early age she was an artist, though her parents were less than enthusiastic. As Shafir remembers, "In those days to be an artist was not a proper career choice for a woman." Her studies at the High School for Architecture were disrupted by the Nazi invasion of 1941. Shafir and her family escaped to the small town of Kula, where they miraculously found protection.