The Week in Craft: September 5, 2018

The Week in Craft: September 5, 2018

Your weekly dose of links about craft, art, design, and whatever else we’re excited about sharing

Published on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.
Martin Davenhall, Polar Bear

Martin Davenhall's huge polar bear sculpture consists of thousands of meticulously hand-cut and -polished stone pieces.

Courtesy of the artist

Check out this amazing life-sized sculpture made by sculptor Martin Davenhall from hand-cut and -polished shards of stone.

We’re celebrating the return of another school year with some dorm room inspiration

Woven wall hangings are all the rage right now. My Modern Met lists some of their favorites and the Jealous Curator highlights an artist who creates wall hangings using polyurethane foam, latex, and plastic.

Dorothy's ruby slippers, which were mysteriously lifted 13 years ago (the only clue left behind was a lone, red sequin) from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, have been recently returned. The New York Times reports on the puzzling heist of the iconic Wizard of Oz costume item

Jack Morrow was determined to make 500 baby quilts before age 95. He just made it.

Brazil and the world experienced a cultural catastrophe when Brazil's National Museum, a museum of natural history containing 20 million items, was gutted by flames.

In celebration of New York Textile Month, the Cooper Hewitt's "Object of the Day" blog will be featuring a textile from the museum collection along with an essay from Textile Society of America scholars, educators, or artists.

Craft abounds at New York City's Governors Island Art Fair through September 30. This quirky event that's "curated by artists for artists" brings together art pieces and installations that are simultaneously a little bit weird and extremely delightful. 

Ceramist and mathematician Guy Van Leemput creates translucent bowls inspired by ancient Italian fresco paintings. Using balloons, he textures his creations with geometric patterns and designs. The Porcelain Biennale includes pieces from Leemput. Located at the Albrechtsburg Castle in Meissen, Germany, the show brings his work to the birthplace of European porcelain and runs through November 4.

Inspired by the materials laying around his house, Willard Hill uses masking tape to create sculptures harkening to his roots in the small town of Manchester, Tennessee. His second solo show opens at the Good Luck Gallery this Saturday.

New York's Van Doren Wexter celebrates the opening of its newest exhibit featuring new assemblage works by Aiko Hachisuka and paintings by John Williams. Both abstract artists push the conventions of beauty with their use of color and physical space. The exhibit is open through September 29. 

North Bennet Street School's search for a new president is over. Sarah Turner, the former dean of Cranbrook Academy of Art, will start on December 3.