“Everywhere it’s the same, and everywhere it’s different: two hands with five fingers each (and other body parts), and a continuous loop of string”

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Birender Kumar Yadav ✿ Presencing the keepers of the kiln - Our March Laurel goes to Birender Kumar Yadav for his terracotta installation in homage to brick kiln workers, one of the highlights of the Indian Ceramics Triennale. 
Sana Balai ✿ A champion of inclusivity for International Women’s Day - Pamela See creates a papercut installation in honour of a woman who has helped acknowledge the diverse communities of Logan City.
Weaving Sumba’s history into the fabric of the world - Paul v Walters tells the inspiring story of MANAMU, a studio for woven steel jewellery on a remote Indonesian island.
Gee’s Bend: Does it matter who made it? - While an accessible range of craft products for the mass market is good in principle, it shouldn't hide how it was produced.
The thinker-maker in Iranian contemporary craft - Narges Marandi, Atefe Mirsane, Farhang Parsikia and Zahra Mottaghi reflect on the changing meaning of "craft" in Iran.
Library - You are invited to peruse the more conceptual articles published in Garland. Ask questions and consider answers.
Breath of the Fire Dragon 稻草香火龍 - Angela Sim shares the story of Singapore's fiery ceremony that farewells the dragon after its sojourn in our world.
Aleisa Miksad ✿ Bacchic ceramics - Our February laurel is awarded to Aleisa Miksad for a vessel that bristles with Dionysian energy.
Efficacious Intimacy ✿ Learnings from the Jugaad Project - Join Urmila Mohan and authors to discuss a new book of the Jugaad Project that considers the material basis of religious and political beliefs.
Is “Make Stories, Not War” more than a cute catchphrase? - Now bloody wars are emerging around the world, we need to find ways to bring people together, rather than inflame division.
Craft Communities talk on 19 February - You are invited to a presentation about an important new book on the value of craft in bringing people together.
The Kintsugi Collection: The resilient beauty of Jaipur weaving - Rahul Kapoor celebrates a collection of handwoven rugs designed by Vikram Kapoor and woven by local artisans on over 1,200 looms.
Saya Yamagishi ✿ Talismanic chintz - Our first laurel of 2024 goes to a Japanese lacquer artist who is enchanted by the arabesque patterns of medieval manuscripts.
Yusra Tanveer ✿ Weaving forgetfulness - The inaugural winner of the Ruby Ghuznavi Prize is a textile artist from Karachi whose work expresses the fickle nature of memory.
The Bahari bag: Holding onto the craft wisdom of Itak Sein - Atri Priyamanaya from HANDEP tells how they drew on the unique fibre weaving knowledge of a Dayak elder to revive the beautiful basketry techniques of Central Kalimantan, resulting in a stylish bag.
Barefoot garden - Take off your shoes and explore stories about the creativity of touch.
Pam Hall ✿ The Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge - Enjoy a podcast from Newfoundland about an art project based on place-specific know-how.
Urmila Mohan on The Jugaad Project - This podcast interview reflects the role that anthropologists of material culture can play in supporting a diversity of beliefs and practices.
Skol ✿ The Nordic forest - “The forest is not a resource for us, it is life itself.” – Indigenous Sámi proverb Almost 70% of the geography called Sweden’s surface is covered by forest, therefor an interesting diversity of relations to the forest both today and historically exists here something that also in present within the crafts. Today, we see how as a result of the “green transition”, the forest is becoming increasingly politicised with with separate interests that cut through the forest with drastically different perceptions on its life and value. Christine Zetterlund Please enjoy a walk through stories from Scandinavia. ✿ ✿ Like the article? Make it a conversation by leaving a comment below.  If you believe in supporting a platform for culture-makers, consider […]
Money is everything, not: Can culture survive capitalism? - Traditional cultures are endangered by a world where money is increasingly necessary to survive. We consider the exodus of Nepal's youth and glimmers of hope in the South.




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