CounterCraft: Voices of the Indie Craft Community
Fuller Craft Museum
455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA 02301
May 7, 2016 – July 10, 2016
This exhibition will showcase the boundless imagination of the makers and designers in the DIY culture and the principles upon which it has developed. The “indie craft” movement encourages makers to express their unique viewpoint on the world through one-of-a-kind objects created with elevated technical skill, new or traditional craft techniques, and a modern design aesthetic. This exhibition is curated by Faythe Levine, a multi-media artist and curator with deep ties to the Indie Craft Movement. Faythe directed the documentary, Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design (2009) and authored the book by the same name. This exhibition was made possible by generous support from the Gretchen Keyworth Exhibitions Fund. Be sure to attend the reception on Saturday, May 7, 2:00 – 5:00 pm with a panel discussion led by Faythe Levine and a screening of her documentary “Handmade Nation.”
The exhibition features the following artists:
Ginger Brooks Takahashi
New Craft Artists in Action (NCAA)
Erin M. Riley
Caitlin Rose Sweet
I have been working on a la passacaglia quilt from the book Millefiori Quilts for quite some time now. I had taken a break from it to instead hand sew on my Diamond Hex quilt, and a big reason was lack of space to spread my big quilt out and see where I need to hand stitch the next section to.
I am hoping to solve this problem soon with a quilt wall which I ordered from Massdrop. If you’ve never heard of Massdrop it is an online community for enthusiasts that provides people across several communities—from audio and electronics to quilting and cooking—a place to connect with one another, discuss their favorite products and activities, and buy those products together. Since you are buying something with a bunch of other people, you get lower prices. I love the quilting section, and cannot wait for my quilt wall to arrive! Then I feel like I’ll finally have an area that I can figure out where each cog goes.
I’ve been making slow and steady progress on my diamond hex quilt. You can find the pattern here for $1
. Since its hand sewing english paper piecing I work on it most evenings, stitching a hexagon or two a night while my husband paints and we watch tv and movies together. I’m up to 6 rows of 5 hexagons, but I’d like to finish somewhere around 8 rows (maybe 8×7) still trying to decide on that as I go. I am using all Cotton & Steel fabrics
for the hexagons themselves, and then any low volume fabrics from my stash for my diamonds. I love the colors of the Cotton & Steel and they all really go so nicely together. I can’t tell you how excited I am about their Halloween collection
coming out later this year! I have also run out of blank wall space for tacking quilts up as I work on them. I’m still researching the best way to make a quilt wall & what materials to use when you do not have wall space. I’ll let you know whatever I decide on, but would love to hear from any quilters on the subject.