Posts Tagged ‘craft’

Knitta – Call for Submissions for New Book

October 22, 2009

Kniting tag spotted in Minneaspolis

Kniting tag spotted in Minneaspolis

Attention knit taggers!!!

Knitta Please has announced an open call for submissions. From their Facebook status update: “Knitta is working on a gallery-style book of knit graffiti projects around the world. If you’d like to submit a photo of your work, please email for more information about guidelines and specifications. Thanks!”



Pictures from Minneapolis and the American Craft Council Conference

October 21, 2009
Detail of communal weaving by Kathryn Pannepacker

Detail of communal weaving by Kathryn Pannepacker

I have uploaded my pictures from the ACC conference and my afternoon exploring the Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Park.

Not done writing up notes to share with you, but hopefully this glimpse into the weekend will tide you over!

I will say quickly that the conference was stimulating, engaging, and a great time for community building and bonding. I’m so glad I got to go — and present! — and will share with you more observations soon.

Look at the Flickr slideshow here, or if you prefer just the set page.

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!

Video of Saja’s Shelburne Exhibition

October 4, 2009

Picture 2As a big fan of Richard Saja’s work, I was excited to see this short video (2:38) of a walk-through he gave of his current exhibition at the Shelburne Museum.

The video shows it to be a cool, thoughtful show in an awesome, unusual space. You don’t get to see the whole exhibition, but it’s a great introduction.

Saja’s exhibition, titled “The Bright and Shining Light of Irreverence,” runs through Oct. 25, and I can’t think of a better way to spend a fall weekend than taking a trip up to Vermont to see it…. which is exactly what I hope to do myself.

Click here for my earlier post on Greenjeans Blog about this Saja’s exhibition, including more links.

Cooking Up Craft in Brooklyn

September 30, 2009

whimsyspice-smCheck out my piece on Brooklyn’s “edible craft” scene posted on American Craft Council’s blog today —

“While craft in its many inedible forms is normally the topic of interest for those of us reading this blog, today I wanted to give you a virtual tour of the artisanal food scene – or edible craft movement if you will – burgeoning here in Brooklyn.”

Read it all right here. Thanks for asking me to write it, Jenny and Monica!

Brooklyn’s 3rd Ward Expands

September 25, 2009


The awesomeness of 3rd Ward never stops. As reported in Brooklyn Based this week, this feisty space devoted to independent creative production — where you can take wood working classes, rent a WiFi office cubicle, see shows by local artists, and partake in a pig roast party — is located in a huge loft building on Morgan Ave. in Bushwick.

A few weeks ago they quietly opened a second location on Metropolitan and Lorimer, doubling their space and expanding their class offerings. How about “An Introduction to New York’s Art World” featuring lectures from gallerists, artists, curators, and dealers ready to help you navigate the art scene and get your work shown? They’ve also teamed up with Etsy to offer courses like Extraordinary Embroidery.

When you become an annual member (starting at $39/month), you even get a free bike. Now that’s forward thinking!

3rd Ward is one of the most relevant and in-touch arts non-profits out there. They also throw swell parties. Check them out at the grand opening reception on October 23!

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…