We're late to congratulate Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, on being named a National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow.
From their website
"The NEA National Heritage Fellowships recognize the recipients' artistic excellence and support their continuing contributions to our nation's traditional arts heritage"
Dr Carolyn Mazloomi is profiled in CraftActivism for her own quilt art and for her work in organizing the Obama Quilts exh
As you know, we are all in favor of the granny square. So we had to share this excellent use of granny squares and reusing/recycling old tires.
spotted by the entrance to Madison Wool, in Madison , Connecticut.
Handcrafted and monumental are not normally words that go together, but that's the combination that inescapably came to mind when I stepped into the main gallery of Labour and Wait, the new exhibit at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art that is a mind-boggling "must see" for anyone interested in craft, art, and contemporary ideas. (Actually, for anyone, whether they've got a DIY bone in their body or not.) For one thing there was the gigantic weaving called Mammoth and Poodle,
A recent exhibit at The Arts Fund in Santa Barbara introduced us to the textile "wall paintings" of Penny Mast McCall.
"Music of the Spheres," by Penny Mast McCall; all photos by Wayne McCall
A collage artist and jeweler, Penny took up the traditional craft of hooking rugs with a group of women in 2001, using wool from recycled clothes she found in thrift stores. "I started out using plaid Pendleton shirts," she says, which gave her nice mottled c
Calling all craft activist knitters* ! Our friends at afghans for Afghans have a quick campaign on right now, with a call for wool socks and mittens for young people ages 14-21.
The Sleight of Hand mitts give you a good basic mitten shape. You can mix & match the repeating charts as much or as little as you wish, thanks to designer Mary Lou Egan's cleverness. If time is tight, you could colorwork the cuff and do the rest solid.
The deadline, according to their
This is a good time of year to be looking forward, and I’m going to interpret that as thinking about future crafters. A friend recently told us about the Needle Arts Mentoring Program (NAMP), which is dedicated to passing on knitting, crochet, and other needle crafts to youngsters. Facilitated by the Helping Hands Foundation (HHF) and supported by TNNA, whose members generously donate supplies, NAMP now involves more than 5,000 children in 36 states.
A Red Scarf Project* knitter
Last week, Brett Bara and Natalie Soud put out this call
By the end of the week, they had over 1000 pieces to donate! Check it out on their FB page. While this craftalong has ended, the need for help by those affected by Hurricane Sandy, hasn't. Losing all your warm clothes, dolls, blankets is no fun in this chilly season.
Here's where you can stilll make & help, especially blankets and warm items (and please, hold the used clothes donations):
• collecting toys/dol
While Gale was out yarnbombing on WorldWide Knit in Public Day, I was in New York, sans needles, meandering along the High Line (an unparalleled achievement in urban life, imho).No wonder Gale chose the elevated park as a backdrop for the Craftitude Vest photo shoot. an out from the shoot above, and a little behind-the-scenes, below
There's always a wealth of sculpture tucked among the greenery along the way, but since April the works of art have featured a series called "Li
What a joy! Here's the yarn bombing at the Arkansas Literary Festival as part of the our book's inclusion, earlier this month. So many photos I want to share that I'm embedding a slideshow. I was so honored to be a guest author! Details of my adventures, and how we planned the yarnbombing, blogged here . Enjoy!
I need to give credit for inspiration for this to our Craft Activism book subjects, the JafaGirls and Crispina ffrench. (I may have channeled some Kristin Ni
The Arkansas Literary Festival embraces Craft Activism this weekend, April 14th. You can join Gale for a slideshow at 11 am. Or be a craft activist yourself by yarnbombing at noon. Bring knitted/crocheted swatches to attach or just get your craft on with us . We'll be making flowers from recycled sweaters and afghans. See you?
Last month, after wrapping up in Los Angeles, I headed north to join Joan at her home in paradise. I mean, Santa Bar