ORNAMENT Volume 31 No. 1


Excelling the Work of Heaven. Personal Adornment from China
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show 2007
Hans Christensen. Abstract Compositions
Anime Cosplay in America. A Fantastic Regalia
Linda Kindler Priest. A Classic Menagerie
The Daphne Farago Collection. Jewelry at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Carol Cassidy. Reweaving a Laotian Tradition
San Diego State University. Studio Arts in Metals and Fiber

 
 

A poem by the Yuan dynasty calligrapher, painter and poet Zhao Mengfu (1254-1322) provides the title for Excelling the Work of Heaven: Personal Adornment from China, an exhibition opening at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa Art Gallery.

 

Autumn sparks a series of craft festivals aimed at shoppers in a holiday spending mood. One show has risen to the top, and remained there for thirty-one years.What does it take to be the premiere fall fine craft show year after year? The answer in one word: innovation. If there is one aspect craft enthusiasts and artists alike can depend on, it is that there is always something new at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.

 

Once spending a Colorado winter living in a teepee, Hans Christensen has been a ski instructor for paraplegic and quadriplegic skiers. He hikes, enjoys river rafting and cycling and in his free time likes to rebuild Volkswagens. He is also skilled with a sewing machine, having taught himself to sew some years ago when he needed a new ski parka but could not find one to fit his lanky frame.

 

The arrival of foreign influences on our shores is no new happenstance, but in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, one has stood out significantly, that of Japanese animation, known as anime.

 

ln a one-person show of her work at the celebrated St. Botolph Club in Boston in 2001, Linda Kindler Priest displayed nearly fifty pieces. The exhibition covered the breadth of her work in jewelry design, including all manner of creatures, from egret and elephant to wasp and flying fish, plus an assortment of flower pieces (including a jimsonweed brooch that is an homage to painter Georgia O’Keeffe).