In the summer of 2008 Fiberarts Editor,
Marci Rae McDade, traveled from coast to coast to
visit museums and galleries, meet artists and writers,
and see a wide range of exceptional contemporary fiber
art in person. Her research was informed by attending
of Craft conference at the Haystack
Mountain School of Craft in Deer Isle, Maine (page
14) and the Politics of Craft and Design panel discussion
at the American
Craft Council Fair in San Francisco (page11).
From the wooded trails around the Fuller
Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts (page
28-29) to the “green” urban landscape
surrounding the Museum
of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon (page
18), She is proud to report that craft is flourishing
in America. Here she shares photos from her travels.
Joanne Ingersoll, curator of Costume and Textiles
at the Rhode
Island School of Design (RISD) Museum of Art in
Providence, showed me two recent acquisitions from
their collection by fashion designer Becky Earley
from her 100 Blouses Project on July 10.
I enjoyed a morning hike and some “living history”
at the Hancock
Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on
Katherine Meyers let me sneak a peak on July 11 at
the exhibition Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective
(opening on November 16) at MASS
MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. The semi-permanent
installation features one hundred wall drawings by
the artist throughout his career and occupies three
full floors of a building of the museum’s sprawling
Leslie Wright showed me some historic quilts from
Museum collection after a tour of the contemporary
show Quilts in Bloom (though October 26) in Shelburne,
Vermont on July 12. Photo: Flora Chicoine.
Taking a rest in front of the Peabody
Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, after touring
the Wedded Bliss exhibition with Curator Paula Bradstreet
Richter (reviewed in the September/October
2008 issue of Fiberarts).
Artist Mandy Greer gave contributing writer Suzanne
Beal and me a guided tour of her other-worldly solo
exhibition Dare alla Luce at the Bellevue
Art Museum in Washington on August 3. Photo: Christian
Jennifer McCabe, director of the Museum
of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco, welcomed
me into the exhibition Simply Shaker (through November
2) on August 15. Photo: Barbara Shapiro.
In the Green category of the American Craft Council
Fair in San Francisco, Bagitude,
a two-woman company based in Tinley Park, Illinois,
featured unique and stylish handbags made from recycled
playbills, books, and album covers. I bought the Beatle’s
Revolver album purse on August 16.
Namita Gupta Wiggers, curator at the Museum
of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon, at
the exhibition Manuf®actured (guest-curated by
Steven Skov Holt and Mara Holt Skov, through January
4, 2009). In the background on the right is work by
Laura Splan. Read a preview of the exhibit on page
18 of the November/December 2008 issue of Fiberarts.
Photo: Marc Moscato.