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Combat Paper Workshop by Drew Cameron
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Craft Garden
1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, free
Artist Drew Cameron has been showing his art in the “United by Hand: Work and Service” exhibit since early February, along with Alicia Dietz and Ehren Tool, to pay tribute to U.S. veterans. It’s also a way, without making too many waves, to raise awareness about the history and current state of war culture in the United States. Cameron will show how to repurpose plant-based fibers from donated military uniforms and civilian clothing and will turn those scraps into handmade paper. When it’s all said and done, selected sheets of the finished paper will be displayed in the gallery through May 27.
One of the funniest episodes of the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm involves Larry David, aiming to score points with his love interest’s flamboyantly effeminate son Greg, buying the seven-year-old a sewing machine to the dismay of Greg’s mother, who hasn’t yet come to terms with her son’s likely sexuality. Compounding David’s faux pas, Greg uses the machine to make his mother’s (Jewish) friend a baby-blue pillow sham emblazoned with a purple swastika—a symbol he gravitated toward when observing David absentmindedly doodling it, along with Hitler mustaches, on a magazine ads. Continue Reading »
Spring, while brief in Texas, always sneaks up on us. Azaleas and bluebonnets are blooming, but only for a short time. And it’s one of those rare seasons when being outside in Houston can be just plain pleasant. So between dining al fresco and enjoying walks around the park, we found a few other exciting activities to help you make the most of the season, from festivals and freebies to shows and new openings.
Every month, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft invites the public to partake in a bit of hands-on fun. The April 1 session is with artist Lisa Hardaway where visitors can create a hand-woven bookmark. After you make your piece, stroll through the gallery to see what’s on display.
When you think about craft, in contrast to art, you might think about the traditional and the familiar. On this week’s Art Beat, we preview two exhibits where everything old is new again. Produced by Stacee Hawkins and broadcast March 3rd, 2017 on Stafford METV.
There are gloves the size of a fingernail, tiny pottery vessels, tiny silver tableware or tools barely exceeding the height of ten stacked pennies. There are objects, many and very diverse, and they all demonstrate something: that art does not understand size and discipline and that miniature crafts need their space in museums. The ‘Pocket Museum ‘ show, which can be seen until March 18 at the Artist Hall of the Houston Center For Contemporary Craft , is proof of this.
Published on 02/14/2017
The exhibition aims to explore and reflect on the increasing importance that small objects are acquiring in contemporary culture so characterized by its attachment to the material. To do this, brings together the work of five artists, Jon Almeda, Althea Crome, Sean Donlon, Nash Quinn and Marco Terenzi, who work respectively ceramics, fiber, glass, metal and wood, explained in the web of the sample .
The bet of Pocket Museum is to move to a physical environment these crafts that we habituamos to see in virtual galleries and to grant them the protagonism that they deserve far from the models of which they are usually part. One of the strong points of the exhibition revolves around the fascination that the process of creation of these objects produces. For example, Almeda ceramic vessels are made with a five-centimeter mechanized wheel; And the tiny gloves of Crome are made with fine silk thread that can include 80 stitches in 2.5 centimeters.
Opening Reception for “Pocket Museum”
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Hello! Cuteness alert. When we heard about the new “Pocket Museum” exhibit, we had no idea that meant itty, bitty, tiny, little objects and tools. Working with ceramic, fiber, glass, metal and wood, the five contributing artists give us a contemporary look at this timeless art form. The reception also celebrates the opening of two other exhibits: “United by Hand: Work and Service by Drew Cameron, Alicia Dietz, and Ehren Tool,” which pays tribute to U.S. veterans; and “Future Tradition: Melissa Cody,” an exploration of Navajo art by a fourth-generation weaver.
Three U.S. military veterans-turned-artists turn their own—and others’—stories into art.
AFTER SIX YEARS IN THE U.S. ARMY, including a period on the ground in Iraq in 2003, Drew Cameron was thrust back into civilian life. He struggled with anxiety, alcohol and, simply, finding his purpose. Then, in 2007, he took a papermaking workshop, cut up his uniform, and turned it into paper, a therapeutic experience that inspired him to co-found the Combat Paper Project. Continue Reading »