So back in March there was an incredibly juicy conversation (here and here) over on Imogene's blog that got started after a talk Bruce Metcalf gave at the SNAG conference about "alt craft" pissed a lot of people off. The resulting conversation went far and wide - bringing up etsy, punk rock, the internet, art school and other ivory towers, what the heck the word "craft" is s'posedta mean anyway, "high" versus "low" craftsmanship, taste versus kitsch, and even macrame.
While I'm kicking myself for missing this blip in my blogiverse the first time around, the good news is there's gonna be a round 2. Bruce Metcalf is talking with Chanel Kennebrew at the Craft Council this Thursday, July 24. Should be a really lively discussion! From the Craft Council, with many thanks to Margaux Lange:
Explore the complicated relationships among the broad spectrum of craft makers today in this dialogue between jeweler, educator and writer Bruce Metcalf and Chanel Kennebrew of Junkprints, an indie craft artist, graphic designer and Etsy seller. July 24, 6-7 p.m., reception to follow. The Summer in the City Salon Series is made possible by the support of Leatrice S. Eagle, with additional support from Etsy. The event will take place at the American Craft Council located at 72 Spring street in NYC, 6th floor.