by Kate Nixon The lyfe so short, the craft so long to learne. Geoffrey Chaucer’s words still ring true, today when folks are still restricted to their houses and the days drone on and on. Thankfully, the abundance of online resources and virtual opportunities can help collectors continue learning their favorite craft. We’ve listed a couple of online classes and virtual tours and a virtual exhibition from the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms in the last remaining weeks of May. If you need something to do, consider these as possibilities to add to your ongoing education about the movement …
This Little Journeys article is a republished article. Original date of publication: September 10th, 2012. I keep a motto here in my office that reads: The historian wants more documents than he can really use; the novelist wants more liberties than he can really take. It has been attributed to novelist Henry James (1843-1916), the prolific author of Portrait of a Lady and The Turn of the Screw — and who also found time to write more than 10,000 letters to his friends and contemporaries. I can readily identify with his insight, for I have ventured on either …
This article has been re-published. Original date of publication: Dec 7th, 2014. We pulled one out of the archives this week to show several methods to identify a piece of furniture, even if there’s no decal or visible shopmark. Hope you enjoy it and have fun playing furniture detective! I was in an auction gallery, previewing several pieces of Arts and Crafts furniture on display. It’s not that we need any more Arts and Crafts furniture in our house or my office, but I never tire of playing furniture detective. I knew from across the room that three …
May 19th, 2020 - Early 20th Century Design Auction, Live and Online. 2:00PM CT Chicago, IL. Hindman Auctions. For more information, https://hindmanauctions.com/
May 20th, 2020 - Watercolor and Wine! Learn the basic techniques of watercolor painting with Roycroft Campus artist-in-residence, Kateri Ewing, as we create beautiful spring tulip greeting cards using Zoom. Hosted by Roycroft Campus Corporation, East Aurora, NY. For more information and to register, visit the event page at https://www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com/upcoming-events/
May 23rd, 2020 - Coffee with a Curator: Roycroft Artists. Join our curators virtually in the Zoom platform to learn the stories behind some of our most unique artifacts, featuring items from our historic collection. For more information and to register, visit the event page at https://www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com/upcoming-events/
May 23, 2020 - Explore Pasadena, CA & the Gamble House in a Virtual Tour with Virtual Farms Afield, 2:30-4:00 p.m. EST. Hosted by the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. For more information, visit event page at https://www.stickleymuseum.org/programs/virtual-farms-afield/dashboard/292.html#Pasadena
May 30th, 2020 - Explore Frank Lloyd Wright's Smith House in a Virtual Tour with Virtual Farms Afield, 2:30-4:00 p.m. EST. Hosted by the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. For more information, visit event page at https://www.stickleymuseum.org/programs/virtual-farms-afield/dashboard/292.html#FLW
Whether it be a museum with an Arts & Crafts collection, a nearby Prairie School home, a bungalow neighborhood, an Arts & Crafts gallery or a Frederick Law Olmstead park, just being able to add an Arts & Crafts side trip to our journey would add to our enjoyment and our education.
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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then how valuable is a video?
Here at ArtsandCraftsCollector.com we have been busy making brief, informative videos to educate and instruct viewers in a variety of aspects of Arts & Crafts collecting.
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We are currently in the process of collecting, organizing, identifying and displaying on this website as many Arts & Crafts shopmarks as possible. And like our Reference Library, we need your help. While we have documented the shopmarks of the major Arts & Crafts firms, we need for you to email us a photograph of any shopmarks you have from lesser known firms, along with a brief description of the piece.
As both a collector and a researcher, I have often wished there was one site where every book ever written on the Arts & Crafts movement was listed. Now that place exists. Together we can compile on this website a list of every book of interest to Arts & Crafts collectors. All you have to do is pull some of the books off your bookshelf (go for the less obvious ones – and check below for duplicate entries) and email me the title, author, publisher and most recent copyright date. I will sort them by category and list them here so that anytime you or anyone else wants to research anything relating to the Arts & Crafts movement, you will start your search here.
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