Hi all, Union Riveter Krissi here with a quick pick for today.
As the daughter of a lawyer-turned-woodworker/stained glass artisan, I was fascinated by the initial episodes of the Craft In America documentary when they aired in 2007, and wanted to share this fascinating project dedicated to the exploration, preservation and celebration of craft and its impact on our nation’s cultural heritage.
Since it was originally released, Craft In America has grown from a small and fascinating PBS special to a non-profit educational resource for all things related to American handicrafts. PBS is currently airing the third season of this award-winning series and have expanded their resources to include a full website, Facebook page, iPhone/iPad app, beautifully photographed book, exhibition and study center.
I especially like how the crafts are broken down by materials/medium. You can browse through crafts in metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper/books and wood, and then start with the history of those crafts, or go straight for one of your favorite artists, if you like.
I hope if you haven't seen this series, that you will; if you have, that you'll watch the new episodes; and if you've yet to explore the website, that you'll take a minute to do that.
Krissi Sandvik is a mixed-media artist and the owner of Krissi's Art Studio, home of Skelekitty and Friends. She was recently named "best tutorialer on the web" by her friend Rachelle Rose and she publishes on Modern Rosies every Friday.