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Announcements and Events 37.3

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THE MINGEI INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM has opened its new permanent bead gallery on the museum’s second floor. The gallery contains selections from the Mingei’s inherited collection of beads from the former Bead Museum of Glendale, Arizona. Six cases display beads, beaded jewelry and accessories from a variety of different eras and cultures. A timeline of bead history adorns one of the gallery’s walls, and a stunning Yoruba king’s jacket is mounted in a wallcase at the far end of the exhibit. A number of Japanese ojime, which were used as accessories to inro, as well as Chinese Imperial court necklaces, African and Pacific Islander bead adornments comprise some of the representatives. Shown are the bead timeline, based on Lois Dubin’s book, The History of Beads, a ulute pendant from the Solomon Islands, and a Yoruba king’s beaded jacket with beaded embellishments. Photographs by Patrick R. Benesh-Liu and Robert K. Liu. 1439 El Prado, San Diego, California 92101; 619.239.0003;



THE PASADENA BEAD AND DESIGN SHOW takes place July 24–27 at the Hilton Pasadena. One of the largest shows of its kind, the venue offers handmade merchandise, tools and materials. This year will also see the return of the program “The Power of Adornment”. This panel is moderated by Suzi Click, designer of artisan apparel and accessories and recently featured in Ornament magazine. Panel members include Gretchen Schields, jewelry designer and graphic artist, Louise Green, milliner, and Bliss Bliss, antique dealer of Heavenly Handbags. The discussion includes how they developed their own styles and recommendations for those who want to have their own unique look. The show will also host many workshops that offer instruction in beadmaking, wire, jewelry creation, chain mail, metalwork, glass, polymer clay, riveting, soldering, hatmaking, and clothing design.



THE RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR holds its San Francisco show from July 19–20 at the Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion, followed shortly afterward by Renegade Los Angeles from July 26–27 in Grand Park.



THE TEXTILE SOCIETY OF AMERICA hosts its 2014 Biennial Symposium entitled “New Directions: Examining the Past, Creating the Future” from September 10-14. The symposium’s theme explores change and innovation in textiles in the past while looking at the state of the field of textiles, textile study, production and creativity, today and for the future. The program includes two full days of multiple concurrent sessions on the University of California, Los Angeles campus and a full day of plenary sessions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Saturday. In addition there will be receptions, special exhibitions, an awards ceremony, and a series of pre- and post-conference workshops and study tours to local and regional art institutions, collections, and artist studios.




SIGNATURE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT will be presenting the jewelry of Rob Jackson in an exhibition scheduled from October 11 through November 1. Jackson’s jewelry venerates old steel and metal, and reincorporates it into new forms while maintaining the original object’s integrity. 3267 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305; 404.237.4426;




THE AMERICAN CRAFT EXPOSITION shows at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion Northwestern University from August 22-24, with a preview party on August 21. This will be the Exposition’s thirtieth anniversary, with one hundred sixty-four craftspeople exhibiting their handmade creations in all the traditional media. The event is presented by the Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem, and show proceeds go to breast and ovarian cancer research.




THE INTERNATIONAL FOLK ART MARKET takes place from July 11–13 on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill. The market’s goal is to provide a sustainable exchange of craft between folk artisans and visitors that enriches both. Folk artists from around the world are invited to attend the market, and given the means to do so. Each artist retains ninety percent of what they earn, with ten percent going back to support the market.




TEXTILE EXCHANGE hosts its 2014 Textile Sustainability Conference from November 10–12 in Portland. The conference is segmented into four key topic areas, Design and Materials, Chemistry and Processing, Industry and Product Integrity, and The Big Picture.



SUGARLOAF CRAFT FESTIVAL presents its Timonium show from October 10–12 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. More than two hundred fifty craftspeople will display their handmade wares in the traditional media. There will also be live demonstrations by artists, such as wheel thrown pottery, wood turning and metal



THE HANDWEAVER’S GUILD OF AMERICA holds its Convergence 2014 Conference from July 14–19 in Providence. Join thousands of fiber enthusiasts and hundreds of vendors from all over the world, exhibiting and sharing their knowledge. The conference’s classes include novice to advanced instruction in a variety of fiber techniques, such as weaving, spinning, dyeing, basketry, and feltmaking.




THE BELLEVUE ARTS MUSEUM presents its ARTSfair on July 25–27. The showcase will have over three hundred juried artists from around the continent presenting their handmade craft and fine art. In addition, there will be community activities such as KIDSfair, BAM exhibitions, and public installations.


URBAN CRAFT UPRISING hosts its summer show at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall from July 12–13. Over one hundred fifty indie crafters will sell their handmade work in clothing, jewelry, as well as accessories and household items. The show focuses on offering a venue for local artists and makers.




CRAFTS AMERICA, LLC presents the Washington Craft Show from October 31 through November 2 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The show presents the work of one hundred ninety-five of the nation’s premier craftspeople in all the traditional media. This year, there will be a special celebration of all things wearable, jewelry and clothing both. Events and lectures will augment an emphasis on wearable art, making 2014 the perfect year to expand your wardrobe.


NICHE MAGAZINE issues a call for entries for the 2015 NICHE awards. The juried competition recognizes excellence in fine craft design. Contest categories include ceramics, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and jewelry arts. Several categories have been recently added seeking original artist-made holiday ornaments and decorations; objects for the kitchen and for dining; and jewelry made from alternative materials. Professional and student artists may apply online. Finalists are invited to display their work in the NICHE Awards finalist gallery at the American Made Show, January 16-19, 2015, in Washington D.C.




THE WORLD SHIBORI NETWORK announces its ninth Annual International Shibori Symposium taking place from October 31 through November 4. The event will be co-hosted with the China National Silk Museum in Hangzhou. Participants will be able to attend various exhibitions, tours, lectures, workshops, and a fashion show.




THE KOREA BOJAGI FORUM, organized by bojagi ambassador Chunghie Lee, will take place this year from August 24–28 on Jeju island, in the southern part of Korea. Bojagi is the traditional method of Korean patchwork that has been passed through generations, and now has an international presence and following. The forum will feature leading experts on the subject of bojagi as well as contemporary practitioners of the technique. There will also be an exhibition on Korean and international bojagi, with the work of over one hundred artists on display.


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