British Glass Biennale Finalists


British Glass Biennale Finalists

From: Crafts Council

Finalists for the 2015 Biennale have been announced

Seventy-six artists have been selected for the British Glass Biennale from more than 200 applications. The list includes plenty of established makers such as Katherine Colman, Sally Fawkes and Richard Jackson, Angela Jarman, Max Jacquard and Emma Woofenden with a notable portion of student work appearing too. The Biennale, part of the International Festival of Glass, welcomes its first guest curator this year in the shape of Crafts Council trustee Matt Durran. The Biennale panel was made up of curator Janice Blackburn, writer Graham Fisher, collector Mark Holford, artist David Reekie and Jonathan Watkins of Ikon gallery.

‘The quality of submissions was remarkable and the jury had a really tough time creating the shortlist,’ said Elisabeth Johnson, directors of the International festival of Glass.

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Sheila Hicks at London’s Hayward Gallery

From: Crafts Council

In something of a coup, artworks of Sheila Hicks will be the first ever to be housed in Dan Graham’s Waterloo Sunset Pavilion, a steel and glass space, built in 2002, that sits atop the gallery overlooking Waterloo Bridge. The Paris-based artist will fill the space with her textile forms, described by curator Dominik Czechowski as ‘bundles of full colour’.

Foray into Chromatic Zones will invite interaction, allowing visitors to feel what is sure to be a very tactile display. Beyond the installation, there will be smaller pieces such as examples of Hicks’s Minimes, small weavings made on a handloom with which she travels, as well as photography and archive of her most celebrated projects including panels from her monumental New York Ford Foundation tapestries, first realised in 1967, and re-created last year.

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Restoration Effort for a Broken Wood carving

From: abqjournal

The giraffe that once was intended to tower over the “Wooden Menagerie” exhibit on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill instead has its neck and head in ignoble display outside its entrance.

The 11-foot wooden construction by the Tesuque artist Felipe Archuleta (1910-1991) just has too many nicks and missing chunks to reign in its full majesty at the Museum of International Folk Art.

It needs repair and, with funding and on-staff conservator availability limited, the Museum of New Mexico is launching what’s believed to be its first crowd-funding campaign to get the work done.

“It’s a valuable experience no matter what happens,” said Shelley Thompson, marketing director, who proposed the experiment in fundraising. “Even if we don’t meet the goal, we will learn some things. It will take a series of tests to see if this is a viable fundraising solution.”

The campaign is taking place on Indiegogo, accessible, and the goal is $10,000. That will give a good start to the conservation work, which could cost up to $15,000, she said.

While the head and neck are on view at the museum with an appeal for help in restoring it, the remainder of the colorful yellow and brown giraffe stands among a host of other artifacts in a storage room at the museum. At its feet are sealed bags holding small bits that have broken off, along with a chunk of the hump joining the shoulder and neck, where the animal’s mane first sprouts.

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Spooky Halloween Candle Holders

From Mr Printables

If you want to create that haunted house feel or spooky garden path full of spider webs, bats flying around, ghosts crawling about but don’t actually fancy real spiders, blood thirsty bats or shivery ghosts – these flickering DIY Halloween candle holders will help create that perfect spooky and atmospheric decoration.

These candle wrappers are designed to wrap around a glass, using a t-light candle inside, or around a large diameter white pillar candle, never with any candle with an exposed flame. Of course please take care to keep the candles out of small children’s reach.

T-lights can sometimes crack a thin glass base so you may want to float the t-lights in a little water, great also for extra stability when used outside.

Simply print them on plain papers and wrap around your glasses and candles, they have vellum paper like effect when the candle’s lit and a great spooky flickering light, indoors or out!

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Is Jewellery An Art Form?


Jewellery-making has variously been described as adornment, ornamentation or maker’s craft. Traditionally jewellery has typically been considered more for its economic value rather than aesthetic consideration.

Contemporary jewellery, however, has been making great strides from artisan’s market to art gallery space.

It has been exhibited within the gallery context in Europe since the 1970s.

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There are a number of galleries worldwide dedicated exclusively to exhibiting it, which is highly collected within a niche market of ‘insiders’, according to Bridget Kennedy, of Studio 20/17 in NSW.

And recently galleries have opened outside of Europe that showcase jewellery – sometimes termed variously as small-scale sculpture or wearable art – which speaks to a small but growing audience.

In NSW and the ACT, three exhibitions and a workshop continues to explore the concept of contemporary jewellery as a wearable art form.

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King Of The Knitted Swingers!

There’s quite a lot of monkey business going on at the moment, with Richmond-based knitting group The Knitwits offering their skills and time to help raise money for local charity the Vineyard Community Centre by knitting lots of monkeys and other jungle creatures, and depositing them around Hill Rise.

Their chosen charity does valuable work in the local area, looking after people in crisis as well as managing the Richmond foodbank, so it’s a very worthy cause and one that certainly deserves as much support as it can get.

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Guerrilla knitting – the typically anonymous act of placing handmade pieces in public spaces (also known as yarn bombing or yarn storming) – is growing in popularity, with all sorts of knitwear popping up in towns all over the UK, and indeed the world… so keep your eyes peeled as you make your way through life!

Pioneered by the amazing Magda Sayeg (who’s yarn bombed stairs, buses and statues in her time), this form of street art is capturing people’s imaginations everywhere and it’s not hard to see why. Because wool is biodegradable it’s great for people who want to take ownership of public spaces without getting in trouble or causing any damage, so watch out for yarn bombs on your way about town. Popular places include branches of trees and fences, although if you want to do it yourself check the wool content of your yarn as some types can actually damage the trees.

For further yarn bombing inspiration, check out the likes of Deadly Knitshade and Knit the City, who all very firmly believe in enhancing public spaces by adorning them with wool.

We may not have any guerrilla knitting artifacts in stock right now but you could have a look at some of our lovely tapestry cushion covers instead.