Thursday, November 05, 2009

Annie Get Your Glue Gun!

Craft is hot and the pleasures of DIY (Do It Yourself) are beyond measure. Take stock of the trend by reviewing such texts as Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft and Design with its accompanying, soon-to-be-released-on-DVD documentary (by two Milwaukee artists/film-makers). Of related interest, check out Craft in America (and accompanying video series) and the insightful broadcast from Wisconsin Public Radio’s “To the Best of our Knowledge” program “Reconsidering Crafts”.

For the DIY crowd (Do It Yourself) and indie craft artisans, there are any number of titles from campus library collections (many to be found in Steenbock stacks) that can inform your creative endeavors. Run a search of the MadCat catalog (try a “Words Anywhere” search) on your craft or hobby-of-interest or speak with your librarians for assistance. Should titles from our campus collections be out to other users, do consider searching the UW System or Madison public library.

Should you be looking for that fun and original item for yourself or for a gift, save the date for Madison’s own Craftacular. Many of these craft artists, in addition to others nationally and internationally, also enjoy a Web shop presence through Etsy.*

*Note: I have supplied this information merely for fun and interest. I do not profit personally from such endeavors.

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