Vol. 13 No. 2
Fall / Winter 2018
Holding your copy of Studio, we hope that you’ve already noticed the most exciting aspect of this issue: we have expanded to 80 pages! Thanks to fantastic support from a Jean A. Chalmers Fund for the Crafts, we have added space in order to present writing from the Canadian Craft Biennial 2017 Writers’ Residency. This expansion is temporary (for now), but we proudly dedicate this space to the inventive and hard work of the residents. You’ll see a variety of styles and approaches, and we hope you’ll welcome the range of voices brought into the exploration of craft and design. Look for the backstory, and all the forward-thinking writing we have the pleasure to present.
In this issue we also continue our consideration of Function within craft and design. As always, we’re interested in celebrating traditional meaning whilst also uncovering new ideas. Therefore function here can mean drawing from the practical uses of fishing nets and domestic comfort (as in the work of Doug Guildford); but function can also mean treating clay bowls as sculpture (as in the work of Steve Heinemann); treating sculpture as an embodiment of personal experience (as Kathy Kranias does), or blending the function of technology and the handmade (as in the work of Iris van Herpen and Philip Beesley) as traditional craft leaps into the future. Function and creativity, embodiment and use, past and future, are all wrapped up in Nicole Bauberger’s capturing of voices in her Whitehorse sewing group. Function is multifaceted, and has many uses in craft and design.
All in all, this issue is packed with exciting content because there’s a lot going on in craft and design. We would love to expand to 80 pages permanently, but we’re just enjoying the extra space we have for now. All these amazing points of view and ideas make Canadian craft and design so rewarding. After all, trying to capture all these ideas is the function of Studio.
Leopold Kowolik, Gord Thompson, and Lera Kotsyuba
A personal reflection from Paul Epp.
Introducing contemporary rug-making in Iran.
Did You Know?
Michael Prokopow considers placemaking and the function of home. Read article
Two makers Functioning.
Under the Radar
Spotting lesser-known talent in Ontario – Jake Whillans. Read article
Review: Fait Main | Hand Made
Bruno Andrus reviews an exhibition from the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.
Review: Material Remains
Ray Cronin reviews a textile exhibition at the Mount St Vincent University Art Gallery.
Review: Mentor and Metalsmith
Bettina Matzkuhn reviews an exhibition at the Craft Council of BC.
in Studio with Zimra Beiner
The Function of Function
Voices of tradition and function in a Whitehorse sewing group are collected by Nicole Bauberger.
Heidi McKenzie reflects on the work of Steve Heinemann as he continues to challenge the meaning of function.
Working the Shore
Virginia Stephen meets with Doug Guildford whose practice reshapes functional objects and traditions from the maritime past.
Making, Material, Orientation
Kathy Kranias’s clay sculpture serves many personal creative functions. The maker explains.
Craft + Technology
Marie O’Mahony reveals the craft in the technological fashion of Dutch designer Iris van Herpen and Canadian architect/ artist Philip Beesley.
Andrew Rabyniuk discusses and reviews Cindy Baker’s performance. Read article
Julia Krueger and Heather Smith look at the craft of war art. Read article
I’m DONE Defining Craft
Mary Baumstark rejects the need to limit craft. Read article
3 Object Stories
Sarah Swan tells three tales of objects from the world. Read article
The Path We Mean To Build
Terri Fidelak and Katherine Boyer reflect on collaborating and transcending. Read article