Susan Hutchinson North Carolina
Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina
BA/Sculpture, Berea College, Kentucky
In preparation for a series of lectures to the CanIron Conference in Calgary, I undertook a brief historical study of several related art movements. These ranged from the 1850s in Europe to 1920s America, specifically Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco. Each of these movements has in its turn been maligned by Fine Art circles, but I believe this era has significant relevance to modern society; certainly, these styles have relevance to my work and personal inspirations. In retrospect, I found that my benefit was greater than anticipated from this historical reflection.
If Fine Art and Traditional Craft were to be placed on a continuum, I would migrate further toward the Art edge, while still honoring my Craft background.