craft/work

Craft/Work is a month long exhibit that aims to jump-start a conversation between Art and Craft. The project will include a series of six bi-weekly lectures and demonstrations by participating artists/crafters. January - May 2014

Material Matters

Craft/Work’s culminating exhibition opened just over a week ago to an uproarious crowd, and while every single work of art displayed deserves acclaim, one of its pieces has been in the spotlight more than its compatriots. For reasons. Reasons that give me feelings. Feelings about Craft/Work. Attend:

Untitled (Homicide Quilt), textiles-based collective El Stitch y Bitch’s entry to the Craft/Work show, is a map of Chicago’s neighborhoods in which the names of the more than 400 homicide victims from 2013 have been delicately hand embroidered. Some neighborhoods are predictably fuller than others: Englewood and areas of the West side are so saturated that the stitching climbs over itself. Individual names are obscured, leaving instead a soft, colorful and discordantly painful mass. Other neighborhoods are entirely empty. The piece is a visual reminder of the violent reality of the city in which we live. But it is also a testament to the fact that material matters. The juxtaposition of the soft, domestic, feminine, materials provide stark contrast to how we are accustomed to consuming this kind of information. It makes it personal, it brings it home. These are no longer names on a list, in the newspaper, on TV. They were not typed by a computer or a machine. They were rendered by hand. And we relate to them differently because of it. 

The quilt may exist independently of Craft/Work but we have evolved alongside one another. Craft/Works main goals were to expand access to the conversation about Fine Art and Craft: why and how we make what we make and also why and how we look at what we look at. For example, Untitled (Homicide quilt) is not functional bedding nor was it made with traditional functionality in mind. It’s art: its intended purpose was to be viewed by a critical audience and to have it’s infographical agenda read in a new and challenging way. But it’s also a quilt and the fact that it’s a quilt defines how we, as the audience, view it.

In many ways, the quilt - and, in fact, El Stitch y Bitch collective - is a microcosm of what we’ve been trying to achieve with Craft/Work. The collective is explicitly a crafting group that creates textiles both recreationally and as fine art. The process of hand making is one of action, thought, tactile experience, and emotional processing. By working and talking and making together they, and we, relate individually to our community and, as an extension, to the world. We are able to become more than the sum of our parts. Hearing from members of El Stitch y Bitch Collective as they embroidered their neighborhood afforded the entire Craft/Work community insight into the gravity of their chosen task. We were able to experience the process as well as the finished product; an addition which infinitely enriched our conversations. 

I am overwhelmingly proud of the entire Craft/Work project and am so grateful for all the attention and appreciation we’ve received since the show has been open. 

-Nora Renick Rinehart for Craft/Work

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Follow Craft/Work online to find times to check out the exhibit! On display at Beauty and Brawn Gallery and Think Space in Logan Square, Chicago, until May 31st.  

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Pattern making: A stitch in time?

We were lucky enough to have Jen sit on our panel about Running a Crafts-Based Business! Here she is on NPR’s Marketplace talking about her career as a clothing pattern maker; a job that is rapidly being replaced by computers and outsourced to other countries. Jen’s company, Grainline Studios, offers an alternative product, a hand-designed, locally produced sewing pattern, and simultaneously provides inspiration and instruction to those who are interested in making their own clothing. We pretty much think she’s the bee’s knees.

Go, Jen, Go! 

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Craft/Work exhibition opening party last saturday night! We had a great turn out and a total blast! Craft/Work has been such an amazing conversation over the last four months: it wouldn’t have been possible without all of you!

We’ve also been getting some great press for the show and pieces in it! Check out our brand-new press page!

If you weren’t able to come to the opening, there will be gallery viewing hours in the next few weeks:

Thursday, April 17th 6pm-9pm
Saturday, April 19th 4pm-8pm

Saturday, April 26th 10am-2pm
Sunday, April 27th 12pm-4pm

Because of popular demand, we are also trying to put together a couple additional Craft/Work events to take place during the run of the show. Do you have requests or ideas for a Craft/Work event? Get in touch! 

Craft/Work has been a three-month long series of lectures and workshops that explored the boundaries between Fine Art and Craft. We’ve covered topics such as Identity in Craft, Local, National and International Crafts-based business, Craft and Community, and more! (You can check out a bunch of our programming online.) 

Tonight marks the culmination of the Craft/Work project: The opening of the exhibit! We’ve collected work from thirteen amazing artists whose work transgresses their chosen media and investigates questions of hand making and traditional techniques. The participating artists are: 

Camille Canales 

Lindsay Evans 

Noelle Garcia 

Ashley Gilreath

Jasmin Guerrero 

Abigail Heuss 

Jessica Pleyel 

Jeff Rhodes 

Emily Schneider 

Carrie Ann Schumacher 

Molly Roth

Jesse Seay 

El Stitch y Bitch

Celebrate with us tonight! 

 Saturday, April 12th, 6pm - 10pm 

 @ Beauty and Brawn Gallery and Thinkspace 

3501 W Fullerton Ave, Logan Square, Chicago, IL, 60647

RSVP to the Facebook event!

TONIGHT!

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Remember how the first polar vortex cancelled the first Craft/Work artist talk? Well it’s finally happening!

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Craft/Work Artist Talk and Workshop!

Join Craft/Work and Beauty & Brawn Art Gallery and Think Space for this round table discussion and hands on workshop.

Craft/Work - Community: Art, Activism and Politics
Tuesday, April 8 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Beauty and Brawn Gallery
3501 W. Fullerton Ave.

Featuring local artists and activists Thelma Uranga and Nicole Marroquin and moderated by Rachel Wallis this discussion will address the unique roles art and craft play in building community and engaging in movements for social justice.

The roundtable discussion will be followed by a hands on embroidery workshop, led by members of El Stitch y Bitch. Materials will be provided and all experience levels are welcome.

The discussion and workshop is free and open to the public!

RSVP on the Event Facebook Page

Beauty and Brawn gallery is wheelchair accessible, but unfortunately the bathroom is not. Contact us about any accessibility needs and we can try and figure out accommodations.

Craft/Work is a month long exhibit that aims to jump-start a conversation between Art and Craft. The project will include a series of six bi-weekly lectures and demonstrations by participating artists/crafters. January - May 2014

Make sure to keep up with all of Craft/Work’s announcements by following is online! Tumblrtwitterfacebookemail list.

craftworkshow:

The Craft/Work exhibit opening is just around the corner:

April 12th, 2014 6pm - 10pm
at Beauty and Brawn Gallery in Logan Square
2501 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL, 60647

Featuring work by:

Camille Canales

Lindsay Evans

Noelle Garcia

Ashley Gilreath

Jasmin Guerrero

Abigail Heuss

Jessica Pleyel

Jeff Rhodes

Emily Schneider

Carre Ann Schumacher

Molly Roth Scranton

Jesse Seay

Stitch y Bitch

Craft/Work is a month-long exhibit that aims to jump-start a conversation between Art and Craft.

Craft/Work on Tumblr, Twitter & Facebook

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Remember how the first polar vortex cancelled the first Craft/Work artist talk? Well it’s finally happening!

craftworkshow:

Craft/Work Artist Talk and Workshop!

Join Craft/Work and Beauty & Brawn Art Gallery and Think Space for this round table discussion and hands on workshop.

Craft/Work - Community: Art, Activism and Politics
Tuesday, April 8 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Beauty and Brawn Gallery
3501 W. Fullerton Ave.

Featuring local artists and activists Thelma Uranga and Nicole Marroquin and moderated by Rachel Wallis this discussion will address the unique roles art and craft play in building community and engaging in movements for social justice.

The roundtable discussion will be followed by a hands on embroidery workshop, led by members of El Stitch y Bitch. Materials will be provided and all experience levels are welcome.

The discussion and workshop is free and open to the public!

RSVP on the Event Facebook Page

Beauty and Brawn gallery is wheelchair accessible, but unfortunately the bathroom is not. Contact us about any accessibility needs and we can try and figure out accommodations.

Craft/Work is a month long exhibit that aims to jump-start a conversation between Art and Craft. The project will include a series of six bi-weekly lectures and demonstrations by participating artists/crafters. January - May 2014

Make sure to keep up with all of Craft/Work’s announcements by following is online! Tumblrtwitterfacebookemail list.

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Last week’s Craft/Work event was such a blast! The theme of the evening was Technology in Art and Craft, with panelists Amanda Hagemann, David Demaree and Jesse Seay. And the workshop was so cool! Jesse taught us to make functional speakers with household items: 2x4s, copper wire and parchment paper! Check out the video (uploading in a moment)! 

We have one more event left in our series! 

Community in Craft: Art, Activism and Politics

Tuesday, April 8th. 6:30-9:30pm

with Thelma Uranga and Nicole Marroquin in a conversation moderated by Rachel Wallis

to be followed by a workshop in Embroidery with El Stitch y Bitch Collective

RSVP at the facebook event page!

And make sure to keep up with all of Craft/Work’s announcements by following is online! Tumblrtwitterfacebookemail list.

(part 2 of 2)

A second video of our awesome speakers because I can’t help it. TOO COOL. Check out Jesse’s blog for more information about physics, these speakers and Jesse’s amazing sound art.