The Week in Craft: January 9, 2013

The Week in Craft: January 9, 2013

Published on Wednesday, January 9, 2013.

Wendell Castle's "A New Environment" – including a two-story installation of stack-laminated pieces – opens at Friedman Benda on Thursday. Not in New York? Read about Castle and see a scale model of the New Environment (pictured above).

Dark Rye put together a video profiling ACC show artist Gustav Reyes, who makes jewelry from wood.

There's a museum without walls in Boston.

Meanwhile, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, you can check out a fun event Friday night - Ignite Craft Boston features fast-paced craft-themed presentations. Speakers have five minutes to talk, and their 20 slides rotate automatically.

Extreme Craft's Garth Johnson gives a TED Talk on the history of creative reuse.

Our friends at Handful of Salt are releasing their inaugural print edition this month!

Students at ECAL University of Art and Design in Switzerland present Low-Tech Factory – check out the rocking chair that knits a hat or the table-top assembly line of for a simple lamp or child’s toy.

Art Deco furniture maker Jean-Paul Viollet launched a blog right before the end of last year.

The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft is hosting piano performances throughout January on a Steinway made by Wendell Castle as part of his Forms within Forms exhibition.

Did you happen to see a book cover last year that totally astounded you? If so, the Design Observer Group would love to hear about it. Nominations for Design Observer’s 50 Books/50 Covers competition of 2012 are open and can be submitted by anyone. You can add your nomination to the list and see what others have already submitted.

And what goes better with a good book than an adorable cat? The good people of Abebooks have recently begun curating a list of bookstore cats throughout the country. As you look through the CATalog (sorry, but it had to be done) think of the felines as “ambulating design elements” that complement the overall aesthetics of the bookstores.

Attention, Washington, DC, craft lovers: The Smithsonian is hosting a sneak preview of its documentary on the "40 Under 40" artists featured in the Renwick Gallery's landmark "Craft Futures" exhibition, which opened July 2012. Head to the McEvoy Auditorium of the Smithsonian American Art Museum at 8th and F streets NW at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10. Curator Nicholas Bell will introduce the film. If you can't make the preview, you can catch the documentary on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. And if you haven't seen the show, time's growing short. It closes Feb. 3. It's a great opportunity to acquaint yourself with artists who've only begun to make an impact in the craft world.

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