The Art of Masks: Collaborative Event with Garland Magazine

Social media was filled with people wearing their own handmade masks, often in showy patterns, images that bespeak anxiety and pride in equal measure. This was just one way that a nation on lockdown began turning to craft, as if by ancient instinct.

Glenn Adamson, Craft: An American History, Bloomsbury, 2021.

We are thrilled to announce the inaugural collaborative event run with Garland Magazine – The Art of Masks. For details of the event – including a recording, please follow the following LINK.

“The Art of Masks” is an interview series that appears in the current issue of The Journal of Modern Craft (14.1, March 2021). In 2020, curator Caroline Kipp organised a series of conversations to reflect on the way that scientists, historians, artists, designers and craftspeople engaged with the making and wearing of masks during the pandemic. This raised issues of the materiality of sanitisation, adornment at a time of social distancing, and how the mask has become a canvas for political, social and cultural identity.

In this event, we hear from contributors and others who have reflected on the creative value of mask-making and its histories. This is the inaugural collaborative event between The Journal of Modern Craft and Garland/Reinventing the Wheel, that we aim to run three times a year, coinciding with the publication of each issue of The Journal of Modern Craft.

Speakers include:

Caroline Kipp
Alison Matthews David
Kate Kretz
Maegen Black
Anna Battista
Andrew Groves & Danielle Specher
Farieda Nazier

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Editorial Introduction by Rachel Barron-Duncan and Toby Norris


Industry, Craft, Modern Architecture, and Regional Identity at the Paris 1925 and 1938 Interional Expositions  by Peter Clericuzio

Cleanliness, Clarity – and Craft: Material Politics in German Design, 1919-1939 by Freyja Hartzell

Craftsmanship and Industrial Production of Italian Furniture During the Interwar Period by Silvia Barisone

Building the Machine in the Workshop: the Maison du Peuple of Clichy, 1935-40 by Ariela Katz

Materials, Artistic Craftwork, and Modernist Furniture Design: The Kuyken Firm in the Netherlands and Belgium 1918-1940 by Marjan Groot


Revising the Past: A Conversation with Sjoerd Vroonland by Rachel Barron-Duncan and Sjoerd Vroonland


Exceprts from Système des Beaux Arts [System of the Fine Arts], 1920 by Alain (Pseudonym of Émile Chartier)

Exhibition Reviews

Covid-19 Global Quilt by Marybeth C. Stalp

Let’s Face It: Mask Design Competition by Caroline Kipp

BYOC (Bring-Your-Own-Craft) by Suzanne Hudson

BOOK Reviews

The Shape of Craft  by Kristina Wilson

Networks, Labour and Migration Among Muslim Artisans by Dorothy Armstrong

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Editorial Introduction by Journal Editors


The Worker in the Window: Class, Cut Glass, and the Spectacle of Work, 1910 by Joseph H. Larnerd

Negotiations of Socialist Modernity: The Czech Glass Figurine (From the late 1940s-1960s) by Rebecca Bell

Restoring the Wheelwright’s Shop by Paddy Bullard


Crafting Fetish Across Materials and Sexual Styles: An Interview with Skeeter of Mr. S Leather  by Tom Cubbin


Doctrine of the Hands by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Exhibition Reviews

Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950-2019 by Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy

In a Cloud, in a Wall, in a Chair: Six Modernists in Mexico at Midcentury  by Jessica Hemmings

The Event of a Thread: Global Narratives in Textiles  by Zeynep Ugan

BOOK Reviews

The Politics of Vietnamese Craft: American Diplomacy and Domestication by Bic Tieu

Proud Raven, Paiting Wolf: Carving Alaska’s New Deal Totem Parks by Anya Montiel