Issue 09: Craft

Issue 09: Craft

An Interview with Betty Cooke

Betty Cooke's jewelry, most of it composed of simple line work constructed in sterling silver, is elegant, timeless, and remarkably wearable.

Beautiful handmade craft items envisioned as Dutch still life tableaux

Although businesses are struggling because of Covid restrictions, this season we wanted to make it easier to patronize Baltimore-based artists and shops and to luxuriate in the amazing range of quality that you can support through your purchases.

The range of works in Copeland’s collection highlights her discerning interests and tastes

Copeland's collection is a reflection of the depth and width of her 30-year career in museums: contemporary art, functional works traditionally sidelined as craft, and objects of historical importance for what they remind us about where we come from.

A Baltimore-based fashion designer crafts clothing with strength and flexibility 

Her fashion line, Jody Davis Designs, recently celebrated its tenth year, and her garments have been worn by the likes of television journalists Soledad O’Brien and Gayle King.

A Workshop of Our Own is a woodshop specifically for women and gender-nonconforming craftspeople to work and learn new skills

Now in its third year, WOO boasts approximately a hundred active members who use the shop, including three resident woodworkers who rent studio space in the building to run their businesses.

How Cherry's art practice reflects his strength as a craftsman, historian, and storyteller

Cherry’s assemblage portraits create a sense of familiarity, especially through the everyday objects and materials he incorporates as symbols for larger questions and preconceived notions of American history and culture.

Honoring Healthcare Workers

Fannon's photos of female healthcare workers emphasize their humanity, as well as the physical boundaries they experience every day on the job.

The Hampden-based progressive studio encourages artists’ autonomy and creative expression

Progressive art studios are philosophically integral to disability rights and social justice.

People who can build and tinker and think super hard, who are malleable by nature, can be lifesavers

A 2019 report showed Open Works’ membership was significantly more diverse than that of other maker spaces around the country: 43 percent of its members are people of color, 54 percent are women.

Merging Traditional Craft with Technology

Couwenberg, a titan of fine-art fiber education, is influenced by growth and evolution, which she excavates in an exploration of her personal history as a Dutch woman living in America.

Monique Crabb’s reverent textile works

Monique Crabb explores loss and longing through a combination of photography and fiber art

Sankofa Theater choreographer and creative director Kibibi Ajanku fell in love with traditional indigo dyeing in The Gambia in West Africa

From Ghana to Benin, Benin to Nigeria, Ajanku has apprenticed with master dyers who retain knowledge of traditional indigo dyeing techniques, an art that is being lost to synthetic processes.

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Issue 09: Craft celebrates Baltimore’s incredible makers, visionary artists, and creative businesses

"My work rides a fine line between fine art and craft, if such a line exists."

Rosa Leff's self-taught paper-cutting practice began at her dining room table