Loose Fibers Billow Out of Warped Ceramic Sculptures by Artist Nicole McLaughlin

“As a product of an American father and a Mexican mother, I am influenced by the conflicting expectations I have received as a woman within my two cultures,” says artist Nicole McLaughlin. From her studio in Marion, Massachusetts, McLaughlin combines historically domestic crafts—ceramics and fiber art—into striking sculptures that explore identity and heritage, particularly in relation to gendered expectations, traditions, and the changes that occur as generations pass.
In her mixed-media works, the artist contrasts the soft, pliable fibers with the fragility of the plates painted with blue-and-white motifs. More Continue reading

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Readymade Cross-Stitch and Floral Motifs Are Embroidered Directly into Porcelain Vases
January 7, 2021

Caroline Harrius merges two historically domestic crafts in her florally embroidered vases. The Stockholm-based artist shapes tall vessels and studs them with tiny holes just big enough for thread to pass through. Adorned with a readymade cross-stitch pattern or Harrius’s own floral motifs, the finished vases are semi-functional and visualize the intersections of gender and craft history, particularly in relation to decoration and purpose.
Harrius recently graduated with a master’s degree in ceramics art from Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design, where she began the porcelain pair. More Continue reading

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ABC Art
December 31, 2020

A 1965 essay surveying the latest avant-garde sculpture, film, dance, and literature, and identifying the shared sensibility that united the important work. Continue reading

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Archaeologists Have Uncovered an Impeccably Preserved Food Stand in Pompeii
December 28, 2020

Mallard to go, anyone? Archaeologists have unearthed an ancient thermopolium—aka the Roman equivalent of a street food vendor—at the Regio V site in Pompeii. The well-preserved stand is decorated with multiple frescoes featuring a nereid (nymphs of Greek mythology) riding a sea horse, tall jars with two-handles that commonly were used for storage, and some of the formerly available fare, like mallards and chickens. A rendering of a muscular dog adorns another side of the stand with the insult, “Nicia cineadecacator,” scribed nearby. More Continue reading

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The Best Tie Dye Kits for Creating Exciting Designs All Year Round
December 25, 2020

UPDATED (ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED JUNE 8, 2020 4:17 PM) If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission. A popular activity at birthday parties, tie-dyeing is an approachable craft for all ages that results in fun, wearable art. While the vibrant, psychedelic designs we […] Continue reading

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Contemplative Artworks of Cicada Wings, Hair, and Thorned Branches Evoke Rebirth and Change
December 11, 2020

Woven throughout Selva Aparicio’s cicada veils and fringed floor coverings are the complexities of rebirth, transition, and beauty’s ability to endure. Organic ephemera—human hair, thorned branches, scavenged wings—become poignant installations and smaller artworks that ruminate on a myriad of global issues, including the climate crisis and the infinite failures of the medical establishment.
Aparicio shares that her explorations of life and death began during childhood when she watched the natural world cycle through growth and decay in the woods outside of Barcelona. More Continue reading

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