Object Lesson-work by Leah Gauthier

Leah Gauthier’s 2012 and 2013 series Mending Season facilitates delight and trepidation. Leah’s hand acts on produce from her garden as a pre-Raphaelite fairy; stitching, grafting and mending vegetables into precarious marriages and relationships. The idea of mending is challenged. Do these living beings want to be linked together with this red stitch? Are they…

Our Mending Moment

By Laura Fenton The history of mending is as long as the history of cloth. Mending is an art of preservation. When garments or linens become worn, they are repaired or reused. In times and places when material is a valued commodity, a garment is mended over and over again. A good seamstress can hide…

Object Lesson- a Winter Hat by Jordana Munk Martin

The practice of making is a deep and spiritual process. If you practice as an artist, making is for the sake of making on a daily basis. This habit will follow you into other areas of your life. Jordana Munk Martin is a trained painter and sculptor, her practice has evolved into knitter, advocate and…

Donald Judd Chairs-Object Lesson

On the ground floor of 101 Spring Street next to a desk that was left by a textile manufacturer are four wooden chairs placed in a row. Similar in material and scale, each one has a specific manner in which the spindle comes down into the seat, and each differs in the mathematics of the…

Mending/Melding-Object Lesson-Daniel Costa

I had spied the work of Daniel Costa long ago in a Li Edlekoort post.  This young European designer has a great sense of juxtaposition and balance. This rug project done for Dutch design week last year investigates artisan methods combined with commercial practices, proof that the two can co-exist. This post was originally an archive post…