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.


As I was looking at objects, I started to realize that they fell into interesting groups of themes, beginning with life passages. It made me aware of something that I’m not sure that I had consciously understood, which is that beadwork is used for these peak moments in the lives of people in almost every culture. So if you start with childhood, from the cradle, then move on to puberty and adolescence, marriage and death, every beadworking society that I know of does it for an occasion, or to identify and set apart a king, a spiritual authority or someone of high status and position.
— Curator Marsha C. Bol



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.




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.

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