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Hello Crafthausers!This edition of Kinetic Revelations features an interview with Contemporary Kinetic Craftswoman Alexis Archibald!Alexis is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and received her BFA in metalsmithing under the inspirational tutelage of Sue Amendolara and Cappy Counard from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. After moving to San Diego she was accepted into the Graduate Metals Program at San Diego State University where she had the honor of studying under Helen Shirk and Sondra Sherman.As an Art and Science teacher at the San Diego…Continue
Howdy fellow crafthausers and kinetic enthusiasts! I apologize for my brief hiatus from adding to this blog, I was putting the finishing touches on a solo show and had family in town to distract me. Now that we are back on track I am extremely proud to introduce our second of many Contemporary Kinetic Craftspeople; Gary Schott of San Antonio, Texas. With a rare ability to ceremoniously combine humor, precision mechanics, and fine art concepts, Schott’s creative work has raised the bar for a new generation of makers. As the following interview will attest, Gary makes art with a conviction to produce objects that comment on functionality (real or faux) while maintaining top drawer formal qualities fit for a textbook on contemporary sculpture. His intimate jewelry pieces are fun and engaging with a dash of improvisational narrative thrown in for the whimsical wearer to ad-lib if the mood should strike. After receiving his MFA from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Gary…Continue
What is it about a toy? For children the toy represents an escape to another world, an object which can transcend reality. Adults often look at toys as novelties, nostalgic tchotchkes that belong in a plastic storage container in a child’s closet. I myself had a large collection of those robots that changed into vehicles. What were they called again? Thinking back on my connection to those toy robots, it was always the kinetics that fascinated me the most. I would spend hours transforming my collection into and out of their alternate forms, forsaking the epic battle-royale I had set up on the dining room table. For many contemporary artists the concept of play is a major component in the creative process. Exploring and creating new worlds is a significant consequence of using the imagination. For most, kinetic toys act as conduits for world conception; they make it…Continue
Greetings fellow Crafthausers and welcome to the first introductory installment of "Kinetic Revelations" a bi-weekly blog about kinetic art of all kinds. Throughout the course of this blog I will be presenting research on historically significant kinetic objects, makers, and traditions along with profiles of Contemporary Kinetic Craftspeople. (How's that for alliteration!?!)Let me begin by introducing myself. I currently live in Houston, Texas where I teach Metalsmithing, Sculpture, and Design at the San Jacinto College South Campus. I am an active member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and the Houston Metal Arts Guild. My creative work has been shown nationally and internationally including an "Honorable Mention" distinction at the 2011 Cheongju International Craft Biennale in Cheongju, Korea. I received my MFA with honors from the University of Kansas in…Continue