March 1, 2008
A sampling of people and programs supporting the work of traditional artisans
We would be remiss if in our discussion of localism we failed to mention craft, the noble—one might now say defiant—commitment to making things by hand in a technological world. We surveyed creative communities throughout the country (and Mexico) and found thriving pockets of craft work made in a wide range of media, from fiber and glass to clay and wood, fashioned in an array of distinctive regional styles. Each approach represents a different view of craftsmanship, but all underscore the importance of supporting local talent. And while these artisans employ traditional techniques, they produce work that is contemporary and forward-thinking.