While in New York I visited the Museum of Art & Design [MAD] to see two fantastic exhibitions. One was showing the work of Joyce J Scott and the other was a large exhibition called New Territories which presented the work of contemporary design, art and craft from Latin America. Both were exceptional and provided some fascinating food for thought.
Scott works primarily with glass and seed beads [or at least this is what this exhibition focus’s on]. She is interested in storytelling through her art and raising our awareness and preserving the history of Black American Women (amongst other things).
When working with seed beads she uses a technique called Peyote stitching. I was transfixed by a video of her making while chatting and singing in front of the camera.
I was not aware of this technique prior to this exhibition but I have for several year been an avid collector of seed beads. This was something to explore.
I am in the process of watching an interview (by Sonya Clark) of the American Crafts Council, initially I enjoy the idea of a 1st person relationship with materials and allowing a body of work (in various mediums) to develop until a piece speaks to you in the language for which it was formed to convey. I will add to this as I progress further with the video.
Water Mammy 1: http://madmuseum.org/exhibition/maryland-murano#