Table of Contents
From the Editors
Keri Ataumbi. Art To Wear
Kat Cole. Autobiography
in Steel and Enamel
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Craft Show 2017
Wayne Wichern. A Hat For All Seasons
Costume Arts. Chagall: Fantasies
For The Stage
Museum News. Glass Ornaments
at the Israel Museum.
Fashion Arts. Native Fashion Now
Design Awards. Saul Bell
Design Award 2017
Ethnographic Arts. Jewelers at the
International Folk Art Market
Keri Ataumbi started her artistic career as a painter, then went into jewelry in her late twenties. While of Kiowa heritage, her jewelry, often animal themed, does not announce as Native American, but they speak with loving concern and poignancy of her life, family and heritage. Her collaborations with other artists result in an exciting body of work that is diverse, intriguing and contemplative.
Hatmaker Wayne Wichern’s studios are peopled by hundreds of wooden hat blocks, like rows upon rows of Brancusi sculptures without features. As a custom milliner, with studios in Seattle and Burlingame, California, Wichern has a thriving clientele with a sense of style and life experience. Formerly a ballet dancer, Wichern also teaches hatmaking at top
The peripatetic life of Kat Cole has been a primary influence of her steel and enamel jewelry. Each of the six places where she has lived has a distinct cityscape that she translates into her work, reflecting their industrial detritus. Using sheet steel and liquid enamel, often applied in an industrial context, her work is highly geometric, yet light, due to the strength of the material.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show for 2017 is a magnificent event in which each craftsperson is celebrated for their knowledge and vision. In giving a careful look at ten artists and their work, the nature of this annual show, an institution that has given a platform and a marketplace for craft for now forty-one years, is brought into focus.
We show the large and varied array of ancient glass ornaments in the Archaeology Wing of Israel’s largest cultural institution.
A recent exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian speaks to deeper contributions by Native artists to modern fashion than one sees on its glittering surface.
This modernist painter’s costumes, sketches and designs for stage productions are currently on exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The awardees for this year were a mix of striking designs with innovative mechanisms and very intricate work, some reminiscent of medieval art.
Five talented jewelers at the July 2017 International Folk Art Market are highlighted, among the one hundred fifty artisans from fifty-four countries
who were represented.
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