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.”
MakeUseOf: 5 Sites to Find DIY Crafts and Projects for Kids and Teens. “Whether you’re the parent of a teen or a younger child, you need to complement their book-based education with hands-on projects. These free websites have a collection of DIY crafts and projects for kids of all ages.”
Kashmir Life: JTFRP to prepare artisan database of over 4 lakh craft artisans in JK. I think JK and J&K in this case are Jammu and Kashmir, in India. And of course one lakh is 100,000. “First of its kind, Jhelum and Tawi Flood Recovery Project (JTFRP) is going to prepare a comprehensive artisan database of more than four lakh artisans associated with different crafts in the state.”
Fuller Craft Museum: Fuller Craft Museum Launches New Digital Archive of Permanent Collection. “The Permanent Collection at Fuller Craft Museum spans the major craft media of wood, metal, glass, ceramic, and fiber, and includes a diverse range of object classifications, from baskets and jewelry to furniture and outdoor sculpture. The Museum began collecting craft objects in the early 1980s with new works grants from the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, and ramped up in 2003 when the Museum’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to shift the focus of the institution to contemporary craft. Now, with nearly 800 objects in our collection and close to 500 emerging, mid-career, and established artists and creators, Fuller Craft represents a wide range of talent and style in contemporary craft.” The archive will be updated over time.