The future needs a new relationship with making. A forward-thinking, backward-looking, sideways-stepping kind of making. A making born of the imaginative use of skills. Something like fixing. The Future of Fixing is an open source exhibition and program that promotes engagement with making and repair. It is a call for integrating fixing in our day to day life and for reflecting on attitudes to fixing in the future.
Practitioners have long observed the relationship between sound and weaving. Appalachian master weaver Lou Tate (1906-1979) remarked how the weaving draft pattern resembles the five line musical staff. Contemporary artists continue to investigate this intersection, mining the connections between sound and weaving for material, visual, and conceptual properties.
The curators of The Box posed a unique challenge to a select group of artists. Take five readymade materials purchased at the dollar store and create three wearable pieces of jewelry. Each artist received a box containing five standard sizewhite envelopes, a small white towel, three white erasers, three CDs, and a can of Diet Coke. The materials were chosen because they are all white and echo a metaphorical blank page.
An exhibition showcasing the work of eleven artists who effortlessly integrate video into their studio practice.
An exhibition examining the legacy of craft-based industry (textiles, pottery, and furniture) in Western North Carolina and its influence on artists and designer-makers working in the region today.
Spaces of Production is a series of three artist-led projects focusing on community engagement. The selected artists all come from a different making background and include ceramic artist Michael Strand (Fargo, ND), soft guerrilla textile activist Carole Frances Lung (Long Beach, CA) and conceptual metalsmith Nick Dong (Oakland, CA). Schedule Michael Strand, ceramic artist (Fargo, […]
Curated by Danny Orendorff, 2013-2014 Curator-in-Residence and Interim Programs Director for the Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, MO, Loving After Lifetimes of All This considers the connections between craft, (self-)care, and survival, as well as how intergenerational apprenticeship functions within historically disadvantaged or underserved populations.
The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) is now accepting applications for a series of 24-hour gallery take-overs intended to provoke conversation, expose process, and invite public participation. Back to the Drawing Board will take place at Benchspace, CCCD’s gallery and workshop, during the summer of 2015. These one-day take-overs, aim to make visible the invisible creative process and provide a venue for experimentation, collaboration, failure, and innovation.
Gee’s Bend: From Quilts to Prints examines the work of four, well-known Gee’s Bend, Alabama, quiltmakers: Mary Lee Bendolph (b. 1935), Loretta Pettway (b. 1942), Louisiana P. Bendolph (b. 1960) and Loretta Bennett (b. 1960) and their recent exploration of the art of printmaking. Since their first appearance at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston […]
Recent economic reports speculate that a third industrial revolution, shaped by digital technologies, is underway. Ctrl + P investigates the implications of such technologies on the making of sculptural and functional objects in the 21st century.
A new generation of makers is taking shape. Since 2006, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design has annually awarded a total of $150,000 to ten undergraduate seniors working in craft. The Windgate Fellowship provides essential resources and experiences to the next generation of makers at an influential stage in their careers. To this day, […]
ILSSA, or Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts, is a membership organization for those who make experimental or conceptual work with obsolete technology. For this exhibition, the Center will see its galleries turned into a project space as ILSSA members converge for their first conference. This ‘Working Group’ will occur on July 6th and the […]
The spoon is a very humble object. Like most functional items, it often goes unnoticed. But if we take the opportunity to look closer, a useful beauty emerges from these overlooked utensils. Indeed, it is in the details that we find a vast array of subtle, and at times not so subtle, differences – a […]
Textile artist and designer Ismini Samanidou seeks to understand her encounters with beauty through crafting woven surfaces and installations. Utilizing both mechanical jacquard looms and hand weaving techniques, her creative process becomes a way to document her own story. She often photographs her travels and reinterprets them with thread. Themes of transience, decay, and history […]
The year 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the development of studio art glass in America. To celebrate this milestone, The Center for Craft,Creativity & Design presents “Harvey’s Legacy: The Next Generation of Studio Glass in Western North Carolina”, an exhibition of work by studio glass movement founder Harvey K. Littleton as well as exceptional […]
Using self-portraiture as a visual base, Lia Cook’s current practice incorporates concepts of cloth, touch, and memory. With her use of a digital loom, digital pixels become thread as she weaves images and creates monumental works that blur distinctions between computer technology, weaving, painting, and photography. In spring 2010, Cook participated in a residency at […]
Co-curated by Katie Lee and Tom Loeser, this exhibition explores the work of nine furniture makers and sculptors who use the technique of bending wood in innovative, unusual and eloquent ways. Wood bending is typically accomplished through one of three approaches:steaming, laminating or greenwood bending. Steaming requires the application of heat and moisture to allow the wood fibers to bend and slide against each other.
“Common Threads” explores the fiber art of four artists – two from India and two from Western North Carolina – who work with other individual artists or businesses to create work that is both innovative and viable to the marketplace. This exhibition shares information on the unique artistic processes of these four artists and highlights how collaboration has expanded their opportunities.
The Asheville Reef is a part of a collaborative project that was created in 2005 by Margaret and Christine Wertheim of the Institute For Figuring in Los Angeles. The project emerged out of several intersecting threads, mathematics, marine biology, feminine handicraft, collective art practice, and environmental concerns regarding the plight of living reefs.
This exhibition features studio craft artists working in residence at EnergyXchange, located in Burnsville, NC, and Jackson County Green Energy Park, located in Sylva, NC.
CCCD is fortunate to have many regionally and nationally known artists participating on its board. Because of their commitment to making art and making a difference on a broader level by serving on our board, we would like to celebrate and showcase some of our board’s creative talent.
“In Sunshine or In Shadow” is the title of the piece created by Tasmanian artist Patrick Hall along with 18 students from UNC-Asheville, Western Carolina University, Appalachian State University, Haywood Community College and Blue Ridge Community College during an International Artist Residency that took place in May 2009 at Marshall High Studios in Marshall, NC.
This solo exhibit features a series of work by sculptor and mixed media artist Loren Schwerd, currently an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Louisiana State University. An opening reception will take place Thursday, Jan. 21st from 5-7 pm. Additionally, the artist will give a lecture on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 6 pm at UNC Asheville Owen Conference Center.
The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) is pleased to announce the inaugural recipients of the Materials-Based Research Grant. Of 46 applicants, three project teams will receive $10,000 each to pursue mutually beneficial innovation in Craft and STEM research, including exploring the effects of farming practices on the material properties of bone china, crafting […]