I have been thinking a lot these last couple days about why we need fine craft. Indeed we discussed this very issue at a Table Topics I went to before the Baltimore Show opened up. A good question. One feeling is that we need to have that connection with the maker in today's world. How true that is when we can just go down to the local mall and buy whatever we want made in China or maybe Singapore--does that even matter.
But I think there is an even more important reason we need fine craft and that is that we need something to aspire to. By being well made it reminds us of what we as a people are capable of making. We need to marvel at the creative process and the creator and feel humbled by them.
I think I will have more to say on this--it is early Saturday morning after an eleven hour day at the show and another eight hour day today. This has been my home away from home for a number of days now--Booth 1122. Yes, I do have neighbors now.
So for now let me just share some images of work that I admire and hope that you will enjoy it.
First here is the work of Gabrielle Kanter. These are floor cloths made by cutting the canvas and then stitching it back together in wonderful designs. This is the first time I have seen her work--indeed it is the first time she has done this show--but I was struck by the simple beauty of her rugs and the lush wonderful colors. For more info her web site is http://www.fullcirclefloorcloths.com. Aren't they wonderful?
Next I stop and visit my friend Nell Devitt from Indiana. I have known Nell and her husband Will for a long long time. She makes absolutely wonderful wall pieces of fired clay. So simple and yet so complex in their design. And yes if you look closely you can see that she even does add a bit of color to her work--I always kid her about that. Most of the pieces are large but a few are small studies that can be grouped in sets. For more info: http://www.nelldevitt.com
How essential and honest I feel her work is.
These are a couple of her smaller pieces only a few inches in height. The color is more pronounced in them if you look closely.
These are small works--about the size of Nell's small blocks. Aren't they fun?
Great detail. Sometimes she pieces them together into larger quilts. Just look at the wonderful quilting on this piece.
And then sometimes she joins them using the colors of the blocks she has created to form the patterns of the quilts. Amazing work isn't it?
So what do you think? Work to be inspired by? Work to admire? I think I will have more to say but now off to my own booth.