Craft In America is a truly wonderful program that never ceases to be a source of inspiration and strength. This Craft In America Landscape episode hits particular close to home for me. The topic of the Landscape is a subject matter I returned to in my own work many times. In a similar vein to PBS’s Art 21: Art in the Twenty First Century documentary series, what the artists say and they way they relate to their work and subjects resonates with me.
What I particularly like about Craft In America is the focus on the process of craft, a practice and tradition of creating, and the balance point between technique and inspiration, to create something that has value in our experance with it.
To make art you develop an infallible technique and then place yourself at the mercy of inspiration.
In this episode: Craft artists depend on their natural environment for both materials and inspiration. This hour looks at the processes through which natural materials become finished works of craft, and what deeper messages may be contained therein. Featured artists include Jan Yager, Kit Carson, David Gurney, George & Mira Nakashima, Richard Notkin, and Timberline Lodge.