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Crafts as Art

Crafts as Art

I've noticed an interesting trend of galleries hosting exhibits that feature crafts not just as products for sale, but as complex objects worthy of study. Two local examples are Making It: The Art of Contemporary Craft at Gallery RFD in Swainsboro, Ga. (Dec. 13 to Jan. 3.) and the Hand.Craft.It Festival at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center in Madison, Ga. (Nov. 18 to Jan. 20).

This quote from Gallery RFD is one of the best I've read about the DIY movement: "While the Industrial Revolution may have worked wonders for the production process in terms of output and standardization, it has arguably written the creator’s role out of the process. As machines replace humans or minimize their necessity in ever more labor fields, we are witnessing nostalgia for the return of a human element, lest automation render us obsolete. Though few are clamoring to give up their tools of convenience, individuation and uniqueness are now novelties as witnessed in the rising popularity of mass-customization." The gallery is calling for "works in any media that project evidence of a human hand or craftsmanship."

Anyone know about similar shows in your area?

Conscious Style Fashion Event at the V&A

Conscious Style Fashion Event at the V&A

This weekend is an all-out Conscious Style/Ethical Fashion blow-out at the V&A in London. Spend a DIY eco fab Sunday in 'cut and sew', 'build a sustainable fabric dress' and clothes swap workshops. More info here.

Artists Space Daily

Artists Space Daily

Artists Space, a non-profit art space in SoHo, has recently launched some new web based projects. This one downloads a new image of an artists' work to your computer's desktop every day. The works are selected by a group of international curators and the software is free. Click here to download instantly. (Works only on Mac computers)

Broke? How about a trade?

Broke?  How about a trade?

While it's all good fun to run around in blind panic about our collapsing economy, eventually we need to find a way around it. One solution? Barter and trade! Yessir crafty folk, if you posses talents ranging from knitting to plumbing, you can save your money and instead exchange goods for services or goods for goods. If you're looking to sake your crafty lust, how about offering a trade on Etsy Alchemy? Need to fix your car? Community bartering networks are popping up all over, so you can trade your skills or goods for things you need without breaking your budget. Can't find one in your town? Start one!

INHABITOTS How-To Green Halloween Contest

INHABITOTS How-To Green Halloween Contest

Calling all super crafty families & peeps. The totally design-rad Inhabitots is sponsoring an (eco) fab Green Halloween Contest where readers simply have to share their eco-savvy ideas for greening Halloween this year. Leave a clever comment and be in the running for some pretty sweet treats! You know you want an owl onesie for you know-hoo!

Halloween Crafiness

Halloween Crafiness

It's not long till Halloween now, and if you haven't already got your craft on, well now's the time. With the economy looking about as optimistic as a snowball in hell, all those shiny Halloween decorations at Target might look a bit pricey. (That hasn't stopped me from buying too many of them, but still) If you're looking for some serious Halloween DIY inspiration, you have to check out the blog of Dave Lowe, halloween aficionado extraordinaire. He's got a whole bunch of swank DIY crafts. I already made the flameless candle...

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