DESIGN & HISTORY: THE PAST IS ALWAYS PRESENT 6 Sessions | $25/session | Location: Zoom Online Classroom Saturdays at 1:00 PM Eastern Time | January 23 – February 27, 2021 The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms https://www.stickleymuseum.org/design-history-the-past-is-always-present/ Diptych with the Coronation of the Virgin and the Last Judgment (French), ca. 1260-70. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Week 1: Reimagining the Gothic: Roots of a Revolution There is no period more appropriate to begin the historical precedents of the Arts and Crafts movement than the Gothic, a new expression of religious sentiment that flourished in Europe during the 12th to 15th centuries. It …
This year’s virtual 34th National Arts and Crafts Conference is a far cry from what our conference and show looked like in 1988, or what any conference or show looked like three decades ago. Long after vaccines, face masks, and stringent sanitary measures will have enabled us to move past this deadly rampage, life will not simply return to how it had been back then. Just as forecasters predict that a percentage of business air travel will forever be erased by a continued reliance on Zoom, some aspects of a virtual Arts and Crafts Conference may also remain in …
As I mentioned in today’s Little Journey, the first National Arts and Crafts Conference was held at the historic Grove Park Inn in February of 1988. It featured thirty antiques dealers and one craftsman, that being metalsmith Michael Adams of Aurora Studios. Each year, as the conference grew in popularity, the number of exhibitors increased proportionally until we maximized the available show space at the famed resort hotel. From the beginning, we separated the antiques dealers from the contemporary craftsfirms, simply because the artists and artisans were so skilled that it was often impossible to distinguish their work from …
October 3rd, 2020 - The Craftsman: The Life and Work of Gustav Stickley “There is Properly No History; Only Biography”: The Life and Work of Gustav Stickley Online class. The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. To register, please visit https://www.stickleymuseum.org/learn/programs-for-adults/
October 3rd - 31st, 2020 - Ruskin, Roycroft, and the Arts and Crafts Conference. Announcing the collaboration between The Roycroft Campus, The Ruskin Society of North America, and The Guild of St. George in creating an international virtual Conference to tell the story of Ruskin and Hubbard in the establishment of the world-wide Arts and Crafts Movement. For more information, visit https://www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com/ruskin-roycroft-conference/
October 9th - 12th, 2020 - The Antiques Dealers Association / Historic Deerfield Online Antiques Show. Free to the public! Expect to find more than 1,000 objects representing the best in American (and some European) antiques, fine art, folk art, Americana, Native American, and other decorative arts. Hosted over Columbus Day weekend, the online show opens October 9 at 10 am and continues through October 12 at 10 pm EST. For more information, please visit https://adadealers.com/html/online_show.php
October 10th, 2020 - The Craftsman: The Life and Work of Gustav Stickley “Devoted to the New Domestic Art”: Craftsman Homes and the Birth of Stickley’s Empire. Online class. The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. To register, please visit https://www.stickleymuseum.org/learn/programs-for-adults/
October 17th, 2020 - The Craftsman: The Life and Work of Gustav Stickley “The Cultivation of Human Sympathy”: Stickley’s Early Factory and the Ideal Workshop. Online class. The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. To register, please visit https://www.stickleymuseum.org/learn/programs-for-adults/
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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