During A Salute to the Arts and Crafts Movement (February 23–28) we celebrate a style that first developed in reaction to Industrial Age and the emergence of mass manufactured consumer goods. Like the Folk School, the Arts and Crafts Movement celebrates craftsmanship and skill. In England during the second half of the 19th century, Arts and Crafts designers sought to improve standards of design, which they felt had been compromised by mechanization.
Designers created simple forms and often used medieval, romantic and natural motifs. Many of the classes offered during this week at the Folk School incorporate motifs, designs and techniques that were popular during the Arts and Crafts Movement.
Resident Blacksmith, Paul Garrett teaches an intermediate/advanced class on Arts and Crafts Ironwork for smiths looking to expand their skills in styles of Greene & Greene, Stickley, and Roycroft. Susan Bach teaches Tiles in the Arts and Craft Style for clay enthusiasts to try their hand at decorative tile making.
If cloth and sewing are more your passion, try Dee Dee Triplett’s Spectacular Stitchery or Louise MacDonald’s Designing the Traditional Wholecloth Quilt. Both class focus on a wealth of natural motifs popular during the Arts and Crafts era. Did you know that Floorcloths have been used since the middle of the 18th century and were popular during the Arts and Crafts Movement? Make your own rugs, table runners, and placemats in Vyvyan Rundgren’s class Painted Floorcloths.
Whatever craft calls to your creative soul, come celebrate the spirit of handmade and fine craft during Arts & Crafts Week.
More Salute to Arts & Crafts Week Classes:
Chip Carving – Beginning to Intermediate • Leon Harkins
Nuno Felt for Color and Texture • Geri Forkner
Hammered Copper in the Arts and Crafts Tradition • Michael Houser
Beginning Clawhammer Banjo • Annie Fain Liden Barralon
Arts and Crafts D-handle Bookcase/Bookrack • Dana Hatheway
Fusing “Wright,” Inspired by Frank Lloyd • Karen Reed
Hollow Forms with Lids & Finials • Rudolph Lopez
Gardening Baskets • Beth Hester
The Lost Art of Vellum Binding • Gian Frontini
Cory Marie Podielski is a freelance graphic designer, photographer, and writer for the John C. Campbell Folk School. She has been writing for the Folk School Blog since 2012 and enjoys interviewing artists, musicians, and craftspeople. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the banjo, dancing, printmaking, playing in clay, and assisting in Folk School bread baking classes. podielski.com