Leslie Clark interviews Marsha C. Bol, former director and curator of the exhibition “Beadwork Adorns the World,” at Santa Fe’s Museum of International Folk Art. This comprehensive show of beadwork and objects with beads was both stunning and demonstrative of the strength of the museum’s own collection, as well as that of other museums and collectors. Bol traveled in the United States and abroad to gather the objects in her search to help tell the story of life.
Carolyn L. E. Benesh brings readers around the Smithsonian Craft Show, a beloved institution that has provided a marketplace for American craft for decades. By giving a bit of insight into the work of several artists, she cements the humanizing influence of the handmade, and the key is connection. Maker and object, craftsperson and client, owner and object form a circle of intimate relationships.
WALK THIS WAY
Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell examines the revealing shoe collection of footwear designer Stuart Weitzman, largely gifted by his wife, from purchases at auctions and antique stores. Not deemed a historical collection, it highlights the beautiful and unusual, emphasizing some favorite styles and designers. This shoemaker’s eye is on inspiration and innovation.