The Art of Masks


15 April 2021

Lisa Shepherd, How Much?, Brain-tanned buckskin, glass beads, tin jingles, cotton fabric, 25cm x 21cm x 6cm

The eighth Reinventing the Wheel talk focuses on the craft of protection, as featured in the latest issue of The Journal of Modern Craft.

Social media was filled with people wearing their own handmade masks, often in showy patterns, images that bespeak anxiety and pride in equal measure. This was just one way that a nation on lockdown began turning to craft, as if by ancient instinct.

Glenn Adamson, Craft: An American History, Bloomsbury, 2021.

The next event in Reinventing the Wheel expands on the Art of Masks series that appears in the current issue of  The Journal of Modern Craft (14.1, April 2021). In 2020, curator Caroline Kipp organised a series of conversations to reflect on the way that scientists, historians, artists, designers and craftspeople engaged with the making and wearing of masks during the pandemic. This raised issues of the materiality of sanitisation, adornment at a time of social distancing, and how the mask has become a canvas for political, social and cultural identity. We hear from contributors and others who have reflected on the creative value of mask-making and its histories. This is the inaugural collaborative event between The Journal of Modern Craft and Garland/Reinventing the Wheel, that we aim to run three times a year, coinciding with the publication of each issue of The Journal of Modern Craft.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Caroline Kipp
  • Alison Matthews David
  • Kate Kretz
  • Maegen Black 
  • Anna Battista 
  • Andrew Groves & Danielle Specher

Registration essential here.

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