Today's blog comes from Candace Weir, Central Library staff:
One of the nicest ways to enjoy a cup of coffee is to spend it with a good magazine. You find the some of the best resting on the shelves of the Arts and Recreation department at Central.
American Craft is one of them, full of eye-candy inspiration. Despite its name, the magazine showcases talented people, from all over the globe, making very beautiful things.
The August/September 2011 issue (pages 108 – 111) features artisans from Adelaide, Australia. The JamFactory, profiled here, is one of 14 independent, state-supported craft and design centers.
Visiting “The Jam” is one of my dreams. I would love to see the wonderful and often off-beat explorations that characterize the Australian craft scene.
Nick Mount, mentioned in the article, is a pioneer in the Australian glass movement. His work is a mixture of elegance and visually quirky elements.
Included in this issue, as well, is a 70-year timeline of American craft making. Many of the objects in this visual time machine have become pop-culture icons. You can visit the American Craft Council website to continue exploring objects and images online.
Alberta Craft is a great way to find out about the talented artist/artisans producing their work in our local community. This quarterly publication of the Alberta Craft Council lists upcoming exhibitions and features artists, like Medicine Hat clay artist, Jim Etzkorn. I think that life is too short not to drink your coffee or tea out of something handmade.
Arts magazines can lead to so many interesting places.