Since the late 1920s, the University of Georgia has offered instruction in ceramics, textiles and jewelry/metalwork. Through the individual visions, careers and craftsmanship of more than two dozen professors, UGA’s craft areas have thrived. This exhibition and its accompanying publication (to be published by the museum) will be the first to document the craft areas at UGA. In addition to celebrating this local heritage, the project will investigate the history of American studio craft through the lens of a public university. Artists represented include Earl McCutchen, Frances Stewart Higgins, Wiley Sanderson, Glen Kaufman, Robert Ebendorf and Gary Noffke.
Whether or not you go, American Arts and Crafts Textiles focuses on the colorful table linens, curtains, pillows, clothing, and other textiles of the American Arts and Crafts style—made famous by designers such as Gustav Stickley and Greene & Greene. This lavishly illustrated volume will delight the eye and become the standard reference on these treasures from our past.
Especially valuable are the book's rare photographs, some showing the textiles in period settings. There is a wealth of important historical information, and sections on needlework techniques and caring for antique textiles. The striking designs themselves and the interiors in which they are pictured will provide inspiration for decorators, designers, collectors, and needlecrafters alike.
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