Art & Crafts: Scenes from CraftBoston

Art & Crafts: Scenes from CraftBoston

Tara Bellucci
Mar 29, 2011

It was a feast for the eyes at the Seaport World Trade Center, where the 10th annual CraftBoston Spring show was happening all weekend. Presented by the Society for Arts & Crafts — the nation's oldest non-profit craft organization — the show featured one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces by artists, artisans and students. Here are just a few of the talented exhibitors:

1 & 2. The work of Massachusetts College of Art student Cynthia Kozdeba caught my attention almost immediately. Studying both sculpture and architecture, she has merged her two passions in this gorgeous ceramic tile series featuring floor plans, cross sections and aerials of the Duomo in Florence (terra cotta) and the Alhambra in Granada (white clay).

3 & 4. What drew me to this piece by Brooklyn artist Cyril Montoya was the metal shadow incorporated into the design. What made me melt was Cyril's inspiration, a desire to create a desk specifically for the lost art of love letter writing. Awww!

5. Bart Niswonger's booth was bright and inviting, luring you to touch his tactile custom furniture. Fresh off the Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York, Bart displayed pieces made from locally sourced domestic hardwood and candy colored urethane plastic.

6. At first glance, Joe Bagley displays beautiful high contrast art prints of buildings and nature. On closer inspection, you realize it's all hand-cut black paper. The level of detail, particularly on this piece of the Custom House, is jaw-dropping, and frankly gave me phantom hand cramps. As one of the Craft under $100 booths, Joe had silhouettes of a less complex nature (dogs, bicycles, origami) for $15 - $45.

7. Deb Kracht's ArtHead booth was another that brought a big smile to my face. I'm fascinated by reclaimed objects repurposed as art, and the JunkHeads were just that. Old tin pillboxes and metal whisks become more than the sum of their parts, they're art with personality.

Images: Tara Bellucci

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