20 October 2006

Houston blogs

In addition to Sandra (see below), there are others blogging from Houston:
Amy Shaw and Jae Kim are there and possibly blogging.
The ever-insightful Dennis Stevens is also blogging.
If I find more, I'll post them. To those there - enjoy.


  1. I want to know what others think of the Houston Conference. I felt that it was controlled so that the predertermined outcome would succeed. There were many intelligent thoughtful people in the audience who wished to speak and were never heard. The panelists didn't even communicate with each other. The conference consisted of presentations without interaction. Let's have a real conference!

  2. craft research

    Houston calling Dundee, Houston calling Dundee! Come in Dundee.
    Looking at the future of crafts. Well, it's not the future as we know it, that's for sure! It was very interresting to listen to the different accents and drawls, the nuances of differing local cultures between those in New York, San Fransisco, and far off exotic places (for us) The ideas were just as different. The leaders in the craft world accross the Pond, are administrative - gallery owners, curators, collectors, sellors and historians of 'art', very few 'makers' and most of them had little to do with their practice now that they were involved in the business and political side of it all. Educators appeared to be the ones most likely to be involved in practice. Where was the craft? Well, in the galleries were examples of well known 'artists' of craft or was it craftsters, or artists using craft as a medium, or craftspersons (dirty word) doing craft art? Terminology was bantered to and fro between intellectualized rhetoric which was a mirror - so it seemed - of the craft world. Crafts appears to be devided into the 'hobbyists' the 'DIYists' and 'homecrafters' none of which had their work underpinned by intellectual rigour. Jump the great divide and you find yourself among those who do not want to be craftspersons, but are all referred to as 'artists'. It appears that if you do any form of art; be it electronic based, craft based, paint based, installation based or anything else that demonstrated intellectual rigiour, you are an artist - no longer a craftsperson. Is this the way forward? To revert to the age old terminology, ie art being all encompassing and therefore artist being the executor of the personal vision through whatever medium he/she wishes at the time? Could that be retrogressive or progressive? There were no answere. Many questions, some timid ones from practitioners and students right at the end - but no answer.
    The networking, contacts, laughter, penetrationg discussions, and comments over meals were probably the most important aspect of the conference. There was much to think about! Many email contacts to be maintained, and sleep to be caught up on.
    Houston signing out Nanu, nanu!

  3. Thanks for the mention! I posted about the conference today (didn't blog from Houston) and will post more subsequently... -Amy

  4. ekvdr5:53 pm

    Hello Santafewild, I tend to agree with you. However, I think that if people WANT to say something they feel deeply about, then they MUST get up and say it even though they feel intimidated, uncomfortable, controlled or just frustrated. The 'real' conference was i the chatting, the networking, end of day coffee or drinks, and the great new friends. Have your say on the blog. Lets hear what you want to say! We can 'conference right here! :-)

  5. Another way to comment -- write a letter to the ACC and encourage them to publish some of the feedback in an upcoming issue of American Craft.