The Week in Craft: February 27, 2014

The Week in Craft: February 27, 2014

Published on Thursday, February 27, 2014.
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Janet Echelman, Installation to commemorate the first Biennial of the Americas, Denver, 2010. Photograph by the artist.

Sculptors Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels really hit the sweet spot of community-oriented art projects when they dreamed up Sugar Metropolis. This ongoing project involves dropping hundreds of thousands of sugar cubes in specific locations and inviting visitors to create tiny buildings and fictional cities out of the saccharine blocks. The first Sugar Metropolis happened last fall in Northern Ireland, and Jamison and Revels are now raising funds through Kickstarter to establish a second in New York.

A number of students from the Swedish School of Textiles got the bright idea to explore new light technologies in textiles as part of a display at the Stockholm Furniture Fair.

Janet Echelman is also in the business of creating brilliant textiles with her series of string sculptures that simulate the aurora borealis. Echelman creates her fiber artworks using net-weaving techniques and hangs them between buildings and poles. When lit up at night, the projects create a truly enchanting scene.

Fiber artist London Kaye spread the love during the Valentine’s Day weekend this year by yarn bombing one of the “L” trains on the New York Subway.

You might still have time before Mardi Gras to get your hand on one of designer Bertjan Pot’s whimsical rope masks. Pot started out trying to make a rug by stitching coils of rope together, but when his work started to curve, he saw the opportunity to transform the project into a mask series.

A dessert shop in Tokyo is drawing praise for its unique wooden lattice façade. Architecture firm Kengo Kuma and Associates was inspired by the shape of bamboo baskets and designed the building to be constructed using a traditional Japanese architectural joint system known as Jiigoku-Gumi.

Ceramicist Beccy Ridsel reveals all the messy details of her trade through her “surgically altered” dinnerware. Using props like scalpels and forceps, Ridsel suggests that her plates and cups have been dissected, revealing their hidden (and not at all gory) anatomy.

The work of Meghan Stratman is the perfect pairing of paper art and pop culture.

In a stunning announcement last week, the Corcoran Gallery of Art – the oldest art museum in Washington, DC, and one of the oldest in the country – announced that it will cease to operate as an independent institution. Its collection of art will be absorbed by the National Gallery of Art and other art museums in the country. The Corcoran’s historic building, as well as the highly regarded Corcoran College of Art + Design, will be taken over by the George Washington University.

Also in the museum world, the recently renovated Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has partnered with Etsy to highlight artists that use the museum’s collection as inspiration for their work. High-resolution images of the Rijksmuseum’s collection can be downloaded by the public, without copyright, for creative use.

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