Posts Tagged ‘blogging’

So THAT’S a Found Curve…!

November 25, 2009

You may have noticed a new header on the blog here today. It’s a photograph of an actual found curve!

These trees are out in the field by the house in Northwood where I grew up. I used to “ride” them when I was little.

Back when the place belonged to my great-grandparents, my Uncle Walt had his garage out there. A wire ran from the road to the garage, and these three trees happened to grow up and around it. Must have been at least 60 years ago.

Now, as my Dad said when I took this picture last weekend, they’re as big as tontons (like is Star Wars? See pic below.) Thy are very mysterious to me still and I love them.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


Craft: Still a Dirty Word?

October 16, 2009
Jenny Hart's embroidered "logo" for the recent documentary Handmade Nation

Jenny Hart design for Faythe Levine's documentary

My first piece for the new art blogazine Hyperallergic posted last night!

The teaser: In an age of DIY transformations, Etsy domination and artisanal homemade chocolates sold at hip flea markets, is CRAFT still a dirty word? Brooklynite Amy Shaw reflects on her years of experience in the field and thinks about the world of craft in general.

It’s great timing, what with the American Craft Council conference happening right now and all. (More on that later… I’m sooo tired tonight and might not post ’til tomorrow.)

Read the whole article right here….

Congrats on the launch, Hrag!

Welcome to Found Curve!

September 23, 2009

bent tree

This is a blog about art, craft, design, and sustainability kept by a New Hampshire girl born and bred on good traditional craftsmanship who now, having lived in NYC for 11 years, is as at-home in the fringey art galleries of Bushwick as I am the wood workshops of Canterbury (and in fact appreciate their similarities as much as their differences). I used to own a craft gallery and shop in Brooklyn called Greenjeans with my now-husband, but the economy went bad and now I work for an international sustainable development NGO.

After keeping Greenjeans Blog for over four years and 700 posts, I decided it was time to turn over a new leaf and start blogging afresh. Greenjeans Blog is still fully live and archived at its same original location, and all links to it should still work.

The shape of this new blog Found Curve is still being discovered. In many ways it will be like Greenjeans Blog with virtual studio visits, craft and art world coverage, essays, reviews and experiences. But as it will no longer be tied to Greenjeans the shop and gallery, it will likely take on a form of its own over time.

One topic I hope to pursue here is that of barns, especially the barns of New England and upstate New York, as I begin a re-acquaintance with an old familiar passion.

It is exciting to be launching back into the blogosphere after something of a sabbatical this summer taken to start the new job. I have missed blogging and being a part of the amazing community that built itself around Greenjeans Blog! It is my sincere hope that I can make Found Curve into a meaningful place as I believe Greenjeans to have been.

Come with me onward now around the curve… and thank you for reading!

Yours truly,

– Amy

A “found curve,” by the way, is a timber-framing term for a length of wood that is naturally bent in such a way that it is as structurally valuable as a built angle. I like the name for so many reasons – the reference to barn building, the idea of nature as designer, the way the two words look and sound together, the sensation they evoke…