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Craft–Before The Word Crafty

Craft--Before The Word Crafty

“Craft” can almost be seen as a bad word. The word drums up thoughts of Etsy.com and “flea markets” and “antique stores” that are actually just glue gunned items from crafters for crafters. The term is generally pejorative; however, where did that come from? This recent boom in creating things had to come from somewhere and Los Angeles had a large voice in contributing to the movement–the American Craft Movement.

As a part of Pacific Standard Time, The Craft And Folk Art Museum in Miracle Mile is currently showing Golden State of Craft: California 1960-1985, sharing the work of many and highlighting pieces from LACFAM founder’s Edith Wyle and Eudorah M. Moore, the director of Pasadena Art Museum’s California Design exhibition series. During this golden age of sorts, craftspersons were crafting lifestyle goods and slightly off art pieces that were ahead of their time. Now, looking back on these creations at this show, you see just how influential these “functional and non-functional” 75 objects are.

For more on Golden State of Craft, check out the Pacific Standard Time blog!

Above: Wishbone Chair, Arthur Espenet Carpenter, 1972. Wood. 22 x 31 1/4 x 22 1/2 in. Courtesy of Forrest L. Merrill and Tripp Carpenter.

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