New-to-me, from The Verge: The Archive Saving Home Sewing History From The Trash. ” The Commercial Pattern Archive is one of the few projects in the world that safeguards these documents that are fragile, easily forgotten, and born to die. A labor of love and insistence on the part of a small team of historians, costume designers, archivists, and hobbyists, the archive began in the 1990s and includes a physical stash and digital database of English-language patterns unparalleled in its scope and depth. CoPA is home to around 56,000 physical patterns going back to the 1800s, along with books, pamphlets, journals, and other related material.”
Microsoft News: This museum is using AI to remind us of all the threads we have in common. “On the INTERWOVEN website, a single click on the image of a mid-19th-early 20th century Kashmiri shawl fragment with the paisley motif leads one on a cultural odyssey that takes you to dozens of places where the motif appears. This includes a church in Britain, a chasuble from Italy, and a cloth panel from ancient Persia among others.”
Australian Ceramics: The Complete 60-Year Archive Of The Journal Of Australian Ceramics Is Now Available!
Australian Ceramics: The Complete 60-Year Archive Of The Journal Of Australian Ceramics Is Now Available!. “The Australian Ceramics Association is delighted to announce that the digital archive of The Journal of Australian Ceramics has now been completed in collaboration with publishing services provider Exact Editions, dating back to 1962. Individuals and institutions can subscribe for unlimited and fully-searchable access to over 170 back issues and counting, with new issues published three times a year.”
Click2Houston: Beat winter break boredom with free DIY activities. “Vanessa Raponi is a Product Development Engineer with Spin Master. She and her team has created a new website called the Future of Play with free activities that teach kids how their favorite toys are made through easy DIY activities. The website walks you through one of these fun at-home projects and explains the science behind each…”
Exact Editions: The full digital archive of Embroidery Magazine is now available. “Exact Editions has joined up with The Embroiders’ Guild, the UK’s leading education charity promoting embroidery, to digitise the complete archive of its membership publication, Embroidery Magazine which includes the whole archive of Embroideress Magazine. Dating back to 1932, the new archive is available for individual and institutional subscriptions and is seamlessly available across web, iOS and Android devices.”
MakeUseOf: 6 Useful Things You Can Create With Your Old Floppy Disks. “Of course, there are tons of other creative uses for floppy disks, from lunch boxes to earrings. A quick search on Pinterest or Google for ‘recycled floppy disk’ will throw up more results than you can shake a stick at. But the six examples shown here provide a range of awesome projects from quick and easy, to challenging but worth it!”
MakeUseOf: The 6 Best Free Sites for DIY Arts and Crafts. “Sometimes, it’s nice to take a little time away from our devices and do something different. But it’s not always easy to find an activity interesting enough to keep us occupied for long enough. Why not give your creative side a chance? Here, we look at six free websites that offer fun and affordable DIY arts and crafts ideas to keep your mind as well as your hands busy.”
Wilton House Museum: Black Craftspeople Across the Virginia Landscape. “The Black Craftspeople Digital Archive seeks to enhance what we know about Black craftspeople by telling both a spatial story and a historically informed story that highlights the lives of Black craftspeople and the objects they produced. This fall, the BCDA will launch the Virginia portion of the archive and map. Together, we will dive into the lives of these Virginians, learn their stories, and understand how they shaped the landscape and material culture of the state.” October 21.
Fayetteville Flyer: New website showcases items created by NWA makers. “A new website launched recently featuring products made exclusively by makers in the Northwest Arkansas area. The new site… features works of local art, jewelry, furniture and other products for the home, toys, t-shirts, and all types of items in between.”
NEW Online Exhibition: Rarely Exhibited Greek Pottery (University of Missouri Museum of Art and Archaeology)
University of Missouri Museum of Art and Archaeology: NEW Online Exhibition: Rarely Exhibited Greek Pottery. “This online exhibit, in two installments, illustrates examples from the Museum’s extensive collection of Greek pottery, most of which has not been exhibited in recent history. The first installment encompasses the Bronze Age to the Orientalizing period, ca. 2700–530 BCE.” The quote is from the PDF announcement.
Seton Hall University: Ceramics Exhibit Launched on Google Arts and Culture . “The Walsh Gallery has launched a new exhibit in Google Arts and Culture featuring some of the highlights of Seton Hall’s collection of ceramics. The exhibit draws from Wang Fang-yu’s Asian Art collection and Herbert Kraft’s Archeology and Anthropology collection to show connections between material cultures widely disparate in both time and place.”