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31.08.13

Flashback Friday :: Jayne Nixon

Like so many Manitoba Craft Council members, Jayne Nixon has a practice that spans at least two mediums and as many decades!  Craft lovers will be most familiar with her glass work, as seen below in an ad from Where Magazine and a feature article from an unidentified magazine, sometime pre-2006.Nixon 2

 

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More recently Jayne designed the Human Rights Award commissioned by the Manitoba Human Rights Commission.  To read more about it, go here. 

This fall, Jayne will be offering an encaustics workshop at Cre8ery.  Go here for the full details.

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16.08.13

Flashback Friday :: Teacher and Potter

JoAnna Lange’s name was new to me when I pulled her file out of the MCC archives this week.  I was struck by the visceral nature of her work.  It seemed to pay homage to ancient aesthetic traditions, straddling the line between the contemporary and the archeological.

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A little online research led me to Stoneboat Pottery, JoAnna’s current business out of Edmonton, Alberta.   She continues to travel to Manitoba craft sales with her work, so some of you may be familiar with her current practice in that way.  Others may remember her through her work teaching in Winnipeg with the department of Leisure and Recreation.  If you’re looking for her work in Manitoba, you’ll find it at the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Shop.

 

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13.08.13

The C Word

Recently, I was part of a teleconference organized by the Canadian Crafts Federation to discuss a new national “branding/marketing” initiative being proposed.  Spearheaded by the Ontario Crafts Council, the project is intended to heighten the profile of, and engage new audiences in, contemporary craft.   (Fame and fortune for craft makers and the wild growth of provincial craft councils will, of course, ensue!)

Promoting a deeper understanding and passion for  craft is at the core of what Craft Councils do.  As makers, we know all about the benefits craft has on our mental, physical and spiritual health.  We get the importance of passing on, and breathing new life into, traditional skills and techniques.  We feel deeply that through our labour we embody culture, time and human values.  And we see the craft connection in nearly everything we touch, from cups to computers.

Let’s face it, we’re in love with craft or we wouldn’t be reading this blog.  We want everyone to understand the huge importance of craft, but how do we get our message out?  This brings us to “the C word” and Craft Scotland’s attempt to reach a broader audience through polished, creative advertising.  Watch their advert below, and let us know what you think.

 

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