American Craft

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Last week I stumbled upon this article “The old crafts find new hands” that was published by LIFE Magazine on July 29, 1966. The article touches on the American craft revival of the ’60s, “The whole movement runs startlingly counter to the drift of our times. Working with the simplest of tools (no electrics), using the oldest of materials (no plastics), tending all the work himself from design through execution, the American craftsman today is busier and more highly regarded than he has been in almost a century”. This statement rings as true then as it does today in a way. More and more artisans and craftsmen are working with their hands doing pottery, weaving, woodworking, metalworking, and more. And most importantly, they are receiving the respect support for their craft that they deserve. By buying a bag, bowl, or blanket that is hand-crafted by an artisan or group of artisans, you are supporting a movement that may always be present, but will need the support of the consumer to survive.

You can read the whole article here. All the photos in the article were taken by Nina Leen and show leaders in the American craft revival in the ’60s.

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