Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Fine Art Meets Crafters

Today, let’s talk fine art. Many of the crafters here in Baltimore also make art for the gallery scene so I thought I would highlight a couple of fantastic museum shows that might be of particular interest to crafters.

The fine line between art and craft is intentionally being blurred by a pair of exhibits mounted at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. The current show, “Pricked: Extreme Embroidery,” explores how “handcraft traditions are rejuvenated in mainstream art and design.” I hear the show is out of this world and I can’t wait to find a weekend to get away to NYC to take a look.

Nava Lubelski, Side Dish, 2004
Hand-embroidered thread on ink stained cotton canvas
12 x 12 in.
Photo: Nava Lubelski

The first of these two exhibits, “Radical Lace & Subversive Knitting,” opened last year and included a wide array of non-traditional materials mixed with traditional techniques and traditional formats featuring non-traditional imagery. The show featured work by Baltimore artist, Piper Shepherd. It was by far the highlight of a weekend full of art.

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