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Basketry feeds 'need to create'

Quad City TimesQuad City Times - Aug 6, 2017
Pamela Brown, of Taylor Ridge, said she feels honored to have won "best of show" in the basket category because "there are some very good weavers around here." Jeff Cook, QUAD-CITY TIMES. If you know anything about weaving, you can quickly see that ...  


Iran Exporting Hand-Made Batik Shawls to Neighbours

IFP NewsIFP News - Aug 2, 2017
Batik, a technique of wax-resist dyeing, is used in crafting these totally handmade shawls in Osku, East Azarbaijan Province. The applied wax resists dyes and therefore allows the artisan to colour selectively by soaking the cloth in one colour ...  


Library Lines: Book clubs, beading programs and more in East County

East Bay TimesEast Bay Times - Aug 1, 2017
An assortment of beaded bracelets are on display at a beading class at the Oakley Recreation Building in Oakley, Calif. on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. The beading class is taught by instructor Donna Cooper, of Brentwood. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News ...  


In Appomattox, class fuels a fire for blacksmithing

Lynchburg News and AdvanceLynchburg News and Advance - Jul 22, 2017
Before last Saturday, neither Purches nor his classmate Mike Hirtz had worked in a forge. But under the direction of Brian Moore, 56, in Central Virginia Community College's beginning blacksmithing course coordinated by the satellite campus in ...  


Kilkenny goldsmith designs and makes Killarney mayor's chain of office
Kilkenny People - Jul 26, 2017

A graduate of the Crafts Council of Ireland's Goldsmithing Skills and Design Course and a Jewellery and Metalsmithing BFA graduate of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Catherine's work has been exhibited in the RDS National Crafts Show 2010, 2011 ...  


Silversmithing classes to be offered at Somerset Co-op

Perry County Tribune (registration)Perry County Tribune (registration) - Jul 12, 2017
On Sunday, July 16, Dave Kunkler will be offering two silversmithing classes at the Somerset Artists Co-op at 206 south Market St. The advanced class will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will concluded at 1:30 p.m. and the beginners will hold class from 11 a.m ...  


Review: TS100 Soldering Iron

HackadayHackaday - Jul 24, 2017
Temperature-controlled soldering irons can be cheap, lightweight, and good. Pick any two of those attributes when you choose an iron, because you'll never have all three. You might believe that this adage represents a cast-iron rule, no iron could ...  


Are Your Ready for Another James Franco Art Show?

PapermagPapermag - Aug 7, 2017
James Franco and his lesser-known brother, artist Tom Franco, are putting on an art show together at the Ceramics Research Center at the Arizona State University Art Museum. The show, called, "Pipe Brothers: Tom and James Franco," will feature enormous ...  

Candle Making

Soy Candle Making

WTAJWTAJ - Jul 14, 2017
Get a lesson in candle making! Plus, find out the benefits of Soy versus traditional Paraffin candles. You can learn more from Cindy Castillo from Attitude Design Style at clc092652@gmail.com or (814) 327-8895. Attitude Design Style is located at the ...  


Crochet designer crafting her entrepreneurial success

Greater KashmirGreater Kashmir - Aug 7, 2017
“I used to sit with my aunt for hours and watch her crochet beautiful patterns all day long. I learned this art from her and it has given me a creative outlet I never expected to possess. After completing my degree in engineering from SSM College of ...  

Doll Making

Traditional Matryoshka Nested Doll Making to be presented at Rangeley on Aug. 1 & 2
Daily Bulldog - Jul 28, 2017

RANGELEY - Traditional Russian artist and lecturer Marina Forbes will be at the Rangeley Public Library on Tuesday, Aug. 1 and Wednesday, Aug. 2. On Tuesday evening, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Forbes will be giving a fully illustrated interactive talk ...  

Hand Puppets

Puppetry Guild to hold Pierogi Puppet Slam at Carnegie Museum of Art
Tribune-Review - Aug 14, 2017

Think hand puppets, rod puppets, marionettes, life-sized puppets, giant puppets, toy theater puppets and ventriloquist dummies. Attendees will be able to try out puppets, share a puppet that they made and even buy a puppet to take home. Ventriloquist ...  


Pantec presents new embossing & patch inserting tech

Packaging EuropePackaging Europe - Aug 1, 2017
Pantec is the worldwide leading in-line foil & embossing systems provider for web stock in labels and packaging. At LabelExpo Europe in Brussels Pantec presents news on their flat bed embossing system RHINO™ II and the patch insetting system SWIFT™.  


Group Uses Needle and Thread to Remember Those Killed in Mexico's Drug War

Arizona Public MediaArizona Public Media - Jul 31, 2017
The movement is called Fuentes Rojas (Red Fountains). Its members say they are “embroidering for peace.” The movement has spread to the United States, and in Tucson mostly men have taken up the cause. “We're interconnected. … It's easy to think that ...  

Fabric Painting

Jessel presents 'Fabric to Fine Art'
Napa Valley Register - Aug 2, 2017

Watercolorist Joy West adds ice dyeing to her fabric painting. She uses fiber reactive procion dyes and natural fibers in her scarves, shawls, blouses, ties and other “wearable watercolors”. Ice is sandwiched on top of the fabric, West said. This is ...  


Flintknapping on display in Lake Benton

Marshall IndependentMarshall Independent - Aug 7, 2017
Photo by Lacey Barke Jake King of Colorado shows one of his flintknapping projects during Benton-Fremont Days in Lake Benton Saturday. LAKE BENTON — At the annual Benton-Fremont Days in Lake Benton, expert flintknapper Jake King of Colorado can ...  

Jewelry Making

The Rock and Crystal shop has bead trunk sales, jewelry making classes and more
Pensacola News Journal - Aug 1, 2017

A Bead and Crystal House, a large Victorian home, has been standing strong at 711 W Garden St. for 22 years, when it first opened as The Rock and Crystal Shop in 1995 by owners Kathy and Michael Kirkland. As of July 21, the house kicked off their ...  


K9 Ventures sticks to its knitting, closing its third fund with $42 ...

TechCrunchTechCrunch - Aug 14, 2017
K9 Ventures, a nine-year-old, seed-stage venture firm that has become renowned in Silicon Valley circles for working closely with budding startups at the..  


Want Plants In Your Home But Don't Know Where To Put Them? These DIY Macrame Plant Hangers Are The Perfect ...

BuzzFeed NewsBuzzFeed News - Aug 7, 2017
1. Cut your rope into 4 pieces, each measuring 8 feet. (For a longer hanger, use as much rope as you like, and cut it into 4 even pieces.) 2. Bunch the 4 pieces together and fold at the center. All of the ends should fall to same length. 3. If you do ...  


Beadwork takes center stage at next Agate program

Rapid City JournalRapid City Journal - Aug 4, 2017
Museum Curator Maryann Neubert and her museum crew will temporarily display items from the park's vault that are associated with the beadwork in the Cook Collection. Neubert will discuss the colors and symbolism associated with the beadwork. Visitors ...  

Mail Art

A Brief History of Mail Art, from Cleopatra to Miranda July

ArtsyArtsy - Aug 7, 2017
It was a fittingly dramatic origin story for the new “mail art” movement, with its irreverent energy, urge to forge connections, and love of surprise. Mail has served as a both a vehicle and medium for artists throughout history. Van Gogh posted ideas ...  


Origami meets math in new Trout Museum exhibit

Appleton Post CrescentAppleton Post Crescent - Aug 16, 2017
APPLETON - The rose reaching upward toward a light was born of a single uncut square of paper. Its petals, delicately wrapped into each other, compose a piece that is beautiful in appearance and rooted firmly in an unexpected field of study: math. It's ...  


Handmade: 'Free needlepoint lessons' have paid off

The Detroit NewsThe Detroit News - Aug 3, 2017
It was about 40 years ago when Kathy Fenchel spotted a sign above stores along Main in downtown Northville that read — “Free Needlepoint Lessons.” It was a sign of creative things to come. “I didn't know anything about it, but I had a friend who did a ...  

Pressed Flowers

All-day symposium offers plenty for the gardener who wants to go native

Press HeraldPress Herald - Aug 6, 2017
It will include talks by seven people, tours of two native-plant gardens and a chance to view and learn about an herbarium, an album of pressed flowers that is one way people learned about plants before color photographs were common. Jean Potuchek, a ...  

Polymer Clay

Boddy scholarship funds free classes
Mountain Mail Newspaper - Aug 8, 2017

Participants in Lara's workshop will get in touch with their own crone spirit by sculpting a polymer clay figure that honors the wisdom and humor of the crone. To enroll in the workshop, call Lara at 719-580-5941 or email her at dianelara@hotmail.com.  


Quilting hobby helps raise funds for charities; fair ribbons could boost value
Port Townsend Leader - Aug 9, 2017

Lynn and Karl Boettcher check out a quilt they are making in their 800-square-foot studio, one of three areas in a building Karl designed that houses the accoutrements of their quilting hobby, along with his offices and RVs. The studio also houses two ...  

Rubber Stamping

House GOP wants faster 'rubber-stamping' of fossil fuel pipeline projects
ThinkProgress - Jul 20, 2017

Demonstrators march against the Keystone XL Pipeline outside the White House. CREDIT: AP Photo/Evan Vucci. The House of Representatives voted late Wednesday to pass two bills, pushed by Republicans, that would expedite approval of domestic natural ...  


Peter following passions, closing Bittersweet

Maryville Daily ForumMaryville Daily Forum - Aug 7, 2017
“God spoke to me and told me it was time to put the shop aside and focus on scrapbooking,” Peter explained. “It's going to be sad closing the store, there are a lot of people that come in and buy my products. But I'm excited for the new opportunities ...  


4-Hers demonstrate their cooking, sewing skills

Abilene Recorder ChronicleAbilene Recorder Chronicle - Aug 7, 2017
Kaylee Weibert watches anxiously as Judge Deb Farr of Abilene tastes her banana muffins. She would earn a blue ribbon, but said she had made the recipe last year and stirred to little, this year she stirred too much. Next year she hopes to get it just ...  


Good clean fun: how to make cold-pressed soap at home

Telegraph.co.ukTelegraph.co.uk - Jul 23, 2017
“Art and chemistry come together in soapmaking,” she tells me. Soap, I finally learn, is made by saponification: the chemical process triggered by adding lye (diluted caustic soda, aka sodium hydroxide) to fat (in the form of oil), with fragrant ...  


Spinning out for Moffat County Fair: Locals prepare wool for exhibit

Craig Daily PressCraig Daily Press - Aug 4, 2017
Group members — part of the newly named Yampa Valley Treadling Tribe — kept their feet and hands busy at their spinning wheels, making plans to fill the pavilion at this year's Moffat County Fair with hand-spun fiber. "Fair is a top priority in my ...  

Stained Glass

Jerry Earl Johnston: Forest Lawn and seeing the stained glass window of 'The Last Supper'

Deseret NewsDeseret News - Aug 11, 2017
There was one thing we simply would not, could not miss, he said: The giant stained glass window of Leonardo Da Vinci's “Last Supper” at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Maybe because our license plates said "Utah," he turned the pilgrimage to Forest Lawn ...  


Italian woodworking equipment orders up 32 percent in second quarter

woodworkingnetwork.comwoodworkingnetwork.com - Aug 7, 2017
Figures from Acimall show a strong gain in woodworking equipment orders in the second quarter. MILAN, Italy -- The results of the periodical trend survey by Acimall's Studies Office for the second quarter 2017 confirm the strength of this market segment.  

Card Making

Janice Claire Harris

Lewiston Sun JournalLewiston Sun Journal - Aug 12, 2017
... bookkeeper and para-legal with Levey & Wessler in Winthrop. Jan and Brian moved to Winthrop in 1966 where they raised three children. She enjoyed gardening, making pottery, cross stitch, lace angels and especially card making with her “Yahoo” friends.  


Dubai Culture hosts calligraphy workshop

gulfnews.comgulfnews.com - Aug 10, 2017
Dubai: The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) had recently hosted a calligraphy workshop at the Erada Centre for Treatment and Rehab in Dubai. The workshop, held on July 25 and 26, was hosted under the supervision of calligraphers Abdul ...  

Bone Carving

From a Papamoa garage to the world

SunLiveSunLive - Jul 30, 2017
Todd Couper is a graduate of the Wairakei Institute of Technology – he did weaving, bone carving and painting. But when he did his first wood module with a carver called Ross Hemara, he found his calling, his connection. “Perhaps it was the wood ...  

Stone Carving

Exeter Cathedral stonemasons travel to Norway for international stone carving festival
Devon Live - Aug 3, 2017

Three stonemasons from Exeter Cathedral will travel to Norway later next week to take part in an international festival dedicated to their craft. The trio will swap the 14th century gothic architecture of the Cathedral for the "Steinhoggerfestivalen ...  


Carving a masterpiece: Woodcarving festival returns to Sandwich Fairgrounds

Kendall County Now (subscription)Kendall County Now (subscription) - Aug 9, 2017
The wood is flying at the Sandwich Fairgrounds this week at the G.O.W. (Gathering of Woodcarvers). Hosted by the Fox Valley Carving Club, in cooperation with the Oswego Area Carvers and the North Suburban Carving Club, the G.O.W. Woodcarving Art ...  


3D Printing Versus Laser Engraving

Electronics360Electronics360 - Aug 11, 2017
Desktop Metal is pushing the charge into metal 3D printing. Source: Desktop Metal Laser engraving and 3D printing may appear on the surface not to have a lot in common. However, they are more similar than you might think. These machines began as a ...  

Wool Spinning

Las Cruces Museum Plans Community Appreciation Day

KRWGKRWG - Aug 8, 2017
Demonstrations on Community Appreciation Day include: blacksmithing, quilting, milking (10 a.m. and 3 p.m.), colcha embroidery (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.), and wool spinning (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.). As part of the chuck wagon's 100th birthday celebration, visitors ...  


Montana Made: 504 Square Feet puts a different spin on pottery ...

KTVQ Billings NewsKTVQ Billings News - Aug 8, 2017
For the last five years, 504 Square Feet has been putting a different spin on pottery. In 2012, Cassy Crafton Kramer was working 50-60 hours a week as a ...  

Woodblock Printing

Yangliuqing New Year Woodblock Print

Shanghai Daily (subscription)Shanghai Daily (subscription) - Jul 28, 2017
Created with woodblock printing and colored hand-painting techniques, New Year painting has a history of nearly 2,000 years in China. Some say it originated from the “Door God” paintings that used to be placed near the doors to fend off evils or ghosts.  


Wilton Resident Recognized in Rowayton Arts Center Brushwork Exhibition

HamletHubHamletHub - Aug 7, 2017
Winners of the Brushwork Exhibition were announced at the Rowayton Arts Center's opening reception on Sunday. Westport artist Wendy DeMaiorebus Pieper won Best in Show for her watercolor, “Dapper.” Artist, Art Educator and Designer Nancy McTague ...  


Achieving sub-30nm resolution with self-collapse lithography

Nanowerk (blog)Nanowerk (blog) - Aug 12, 2017
In new work, researchers demonstrate control of self-collapse behavior of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) stamps precisely at the nanoscale when integrated with chemical lift-off lithography (CLL) to establish a new nanolithography method: self-collapse ...  

Silkscreen Printing

Ellis Price '18 Works in an Old Maine Mill with Modern Textiles

Bowdoin (press release) (blog)Bowdoin (press release) (blog) - Aug 2, 2017
Besides receiving artistic guidance from Flett, Price says she's learned some of the ins and outs on how to run a small business. Flett makes all her products in-house, silkscreen printing her goods before packing and shipping them to customers. Flett ...  

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