Judith Kinghorn.

Smithsonian Craft2Wear


wearable arts



The spectrum of fall craft events across the country now includes the increasingly prominent Craft2Wear, sponsored by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee as part of its mission to promote the Smithsonian Institution through advocacy and grants. Founded in 1966 by Mary Ripley, wife of Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley (Secretary of the Institution 1964-1984), the Committee, by volunteer efforts, has supported the Smithsonian with funds totaling more than ten million dollars.

Kathleen Dustin.

The Smithsonian Women’s Committee is primarily known as the annual sponsor of the Smithsonian Craft Show, now in its thirtieth year. Widely regarded as one of the nation’s premier craft shows and known for its high standards and excellence, the Craft Show takes place each April in the beautiful Great Hall of the National Building Museum. There, in this temporary marketplace for craft, about one hundred twenty artists working in all traditional media interact with the public, providing a lively synergistic experience for all.

Over the years the Women’s Committee has appreciated how much the revenue at the April show is derived from the purchase of jewelry and clothing; and following a proposal by committee member Judy Lynn Prince, Craft2Wear was launched in 2005. Since its genesis, Craft2Wear showcases only jewelry and the wearable arts and has become a highly successful vehicle for fund raising for the Smithsonian. Given the show’s caliber and the fact that its artists create in jewelry and clothing and is the basis of our editorial content, Ornament soon began to sponsor its Best of Show award as an endorsement of this new venture for the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.

Carol Webb.

Craft2Wear takes place annually in October, this year October 26-27, with a benefit the night before, and is also held in the National Building Museum’s Great Hall. Growing gradually and carefully monitored as to quality, the 2013 show includes fifty invited artists who must have been juried into at least one previous Smithsonian Craft Show. With national reputations for beautiful and creative works of personal adornment, over forty percent of the artists have received prior coverage in Ornament and are well-recognized by our readership.






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