THE BIG PICTURE

Goods: New Use for An Old Material

Tsuki by Satoshi Umeno for Yasuda Kawara

By Regina Connell. In some parts of the world, like the US, craft is very much about art or perhaps domestic tradition. But in other more ancient cultures, it’s often about the ingenuity of people working over centuries to create … Continue reading

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Noticed: Honoring Craft Through Craft

Takumi

By Regina Connell. What grabbed me first was the slightly ridiculous notion of a Lexus IS—a working one, mind you—made out of cardboard. 1700 pieces of it to be exact. The cardboard sat atop a steel and aluminum frame, and … Continue reading

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The Joys of Giving a Damn

Handmade spoons by Windy Chien. Image courtesy of Windy Chien.

By Regina Connell. Over the last few years, the aesthetic zeitgeist has favored the sturdy and utilitarian over the fragile and fussy. You know what I mean: all those waxed cotton bags (love mine from Barbour); the embrace of the distressed-but-still-noble-industrial … Continue reading

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Bigger thinking about fashion

Sewing at Babette

Even if it’s not your thing, “fashion” is fascinating. Think of it less about the hype or the eye candy or the details (what’s in what’s out). Consider it as a lens through which to examine aspects of our culture … Continue reading

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