American Craft: Celebrating 70 years of Cultural Influence

American Craft: Celebrating 70 years of Cultural Influence

While the masses are flocking to the Apple Store seeking the iPhone4, there is an overlooked celebration of American Craft going on that identifies the cultural influences that have shaped craft and its social impact since 1940. The American Craft Council has created a digital timeline to identify the significant moments that highlight craft’s rich history. If you are not familiar with the world of Craft, take a few moments to browse and experience the vastness of its embrace and enjoy the nostalgia of the greatness that design can bring into our lives. Some of my favorites: • 1947 Eero Saarinen design the*Gateway Arch*, which was built in 1965 in St. Louis, Missouri • 1967 an antiques dealer finds 7,000 works by George E. Ohr, the Mad Potter of Biloxi. The release of these items turns Ohr into a world renown artist. • 1971 Dale Chihuly and James carpenter create the mixed media installation 20,000 Pounds of Ice and Neon in Providence, Rhode Island. • 1974 Albert Paley installs the Portal Gates at the Renwick Gallery. • 1998 Donald Jackson leads an international team of calligraphers and illuminators to produce the St. John’s Bible, the first completely handwritten English Bible since the 1400’s. • 2002 the Quilts of Gee’s Bend showcases the minimalist quilts of Alabama in a four year tour. americancraftmag.org/timeline What are your favorite memories?

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