New directions 2010

The most prevalent of the new currents is the shift towards craft in design: taking traditions like knitting, appliqué and embroidery, mouth-blowing and hand-throwing, to different levels. At its simplest, you'll see beautiful hand-embroidered or cut-work textiles, while elsewhere, it's a matter of pushing the boundaries of craft completely. Examples include the work of Ricochet Studios in Vancouver, which toys with our perception of ceramic, or the glass designer-artist Jeff Zimmerman in Brooklyn. The former has created a stir with its porcelain milk cartons (similar can be found at The ...

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