CNET: Etsy encourages sellers to make face masks. “As the US struggles to fill a coronavirus-driven demand for more personal protective equipment, Etsy, the online seller of homemade goods, is encouraging its network of sellers to make face masks. The move comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an updated set of guidelines on wearing face coverings in public, including homemade face masks.”
InDaily: Fighting COVID-19 isolation and frustration with craftivism. “An open-access Stitch & Resist project by Adelaide’s Centre of Democracy encourages people to pick up a needle and thread and cross-stitch messages about social and political issues – including the COVID-19 crisis.”
Crafts Magazine: Free access to Crafts Magazine’s 50 year archive. “At Crafts magazine, their thoughts are with all readers and contributors at this challenging time. To help brighten up isolation, they’re offering you all free access to our digital edition for a month. You can dig into every issue from the magazine’s history – from the shiny latest editions to forgotten hits from the 1970s, 80s and 90s – to while away the hours and be inspired.” This is like museum-level crafts. Sculpture, textiles — I even saw some really impressive umbrellas in one of the 1970s issues.
KVAL: UO museum works to digitize collection of fragile Native American baskets. “Close up and through a camera – that’s what’s happening quietly behind the scenes at the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History….Teams from the museum are digitizing the UO’s entire collection of historic Native American baskets, a project made possible through grants from the State Heritage Commission and other sources.” There’s a video news story that goes with this — about two and a half minutes — that’s worth watching.
DigitalNC: Publications from the Penland School of Craft now available!. “Thanks to our new partner, the Penland School of Craft, we now have course catalogs covering the years 1939-1962, nine issues of the Grapevine campus newsletter, several issues of the Mountain Milestones pamphlets from 1932-1962, Annual Reports from 1998-2015, and the student publications The Story of the Penland Weavers and the Weaver’s Hornbook: Tale of What Is Weaving Where. The Penland Line, a newspaper published by the staff of Penland for the Penland and wider craft community, is also now on DigitalNC.”
Hindustan Times: Online exhibition ‘Crafted in India’ to showcase handicraft heritage. “The exquisite basketry of Angami Nagas from Nagaland, Bell Metal Craft of Payyanur in Kerala, the centuries old ‘Mata Ni Pachedi’ textile art of Gujarat and several other crafts of India are now part of Google Arts and Culture platform.”
WLOS: Blue Ridge National Heritage Area gets grants for craft trails project. “Craft artisans across the mountains are getting a big boost. The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is getting $125,000 in grants to launch a system of driveable craft trails in 25 Western North Carolina counties.”