by Kate Nixon While this summer season has been more restricted than in summers’ past and Arts and Crafts enthusiasts are chomping at the bit for something exciting, rest assured there are online and on-site programs opening up to help salvage your summer and create some mask-adorned memories. We’ve got the latest on both online and on-site tours and classes for the collecting community who are determined to keep celebrating and learning about our country’s Arts and Crafts legacy. Keep reading to find out what tours and classes have just opened up… Virtual Offerings from The Stickley Museum …
The design philosophy of simple elegance applied even to the seats of Arts and Crafts chairs. Unlike tufted Victorian velvet, Arts and Crafts designers opted for leather, although not always brown. By the time many Arts and Crafts chairs reach us, however, their original leather has often been replaced with something less appropriate. Returning a chair to its former original appearance is not a project which automatically falls to a professional upholsterer, as I can demonstrate today. The first step in this project is to remove all of the tacks and staples used by previous upholsterers to …
by Kate Nixon While there are plenty of historical sites in modern day that were influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement, the idea of a true Arts and Crafts communal society was rare in the United States. The ideas of communal living and the dependency of proceeds raised by selling community-made goods might not have been popular country-wide, but the philosophies of the Arts and Crafts movement were without a doubt alive in the tiny area of Woodstock, New York in the early 1900s, where the colony of Byrdcliffe attempted to create a way of living inspired by …
June 6th, 2020 - Virtual class: "Nature is always beautiful": Louis Comfort Tiffany, American Art Glass, and the Cult of Nature. 1-2pm EST. For more info, http://stickleymuseum.org/programs/online-classes/dashboard/276.html
June 11th, 2020 - Fine and Decorative Arts Auction, Online. Heritage Auctions. For more information, https://fineart.ha.com/c/search-results.zx?N=3166+793+794+792+2088+4294946053&type=hero-left-art-open-13156-FDA-tem052220
June 12th, 2020 - 20th Century Design Auction. 10 AM EDT. Skinner Auctioneers. For more info, https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/3399B
June 13,2020 - Virtual class: "Art considered in its Application to Life": European Design in 1900. 1-2pm EST. For more info, http://stickleymuseum.org/programs/online-classes/dashboard/276.html
June 14th, 2020 - Decorative Art Auction online, Treadway Gallery. 11 AM EDT. For more information, visit Treadway Gallery online at https://www.treadwaygallery.com.
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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