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.
Alison Matthews David
Andrew Groves & Danielle Specher
For a period of six months, the conversation between Sarah A. Lichtman and Dutch designer Hella Jongerius will be available to readers for free from the following link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/17496772.2015.1057404.
Inlcuded in the special issue of The Journal of Modern Craft 8(2) from last year – ‘Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today’ – the conversation covers Jongerius’s design education, her thoughts on the definition of craft and the relationship with her many clients, including the UN who recently commissioned her to design the interior of the Delegates’ Lounge in their New York headquarters.
Included in the team who helped Jongerius with the Delegates’ Lounge is fellow Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom, who is interviewed for our Statement of Practice feature in The Journal of Modern Craft 9(1).
10-11 July, Falmouth University
Supported by the Craft Council, BT’s Superfast Cornwall Labs and hosted by Falmouth University’s award-winning Autonomatic research group, this conference explores the boundaries of 21st century craft.
- Fred Baier – leading UK furniture designer
- Fiddian Warman – founder & MD of BAFTA-winning creative collaborative Soda
- Dr Jayne Wallace – digital jeweller, reader and Fellow at Eclectric Research Studio, University of Dundee
- Professor Chris Speed – Chair of Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh
Model of Leach tableware in laser cut acrylic, Matthew Tyas
Aimed at professional makers and researchers of all shapes and codes from crafters and curators to designers and technologists, the conference offers a hands-on agenda replete with interactive workshops and conference exhibition.
Positioned at the forefront of contemporary craft, All Makers Now? will question how, where and why the complex and subtly nuanced characteristics of craft merge with those of digital production, rapid prototyping and superfast informatin.
Dr Katie Bunnell, conference convenor and Associate Professor of Design at Falmouth University, comments: “In a world in which anyone can be a maker, we consider the value of craft in 21st century production. All Makers Now? will explore the relevance of craft in a variety of disciplines and communities, opening up new perspectives on its role in facing current social, economic and environmental challenges.”
For more information and booking visit: www.autonomatic.org.uk