Last night's Craft in America series focused on "Family". I watched this episode, surrounded by objects from my own family of makers. Both my home + studio is surrounded by the work of my Grandfather, who built and designed everything from the chair I sit in to the work table I create LADYFITS upon. I'm fortunate to live + work in a space that witnessed my family's generation of creatives. Great energy fills these spaces almost like creative ghosts of past projects. I may not understand fully the craft behind woodworking, but I admire the objects that surround me. I can't ask my Grandfather questions about his woodworking process. Instead, I work around connecting his sketches, lists, placeholders in books, and stories from people. It's a separate journey I take as I work to understand a portion of my Family craft, living among the space of its history.
This episode allowed the viewer to follow various families of makers. It also gave a time for the viewer to reflect on their own generational craft and how it communicates to them. For me, this episode provided a reflection time with my craft family; their roots, heritage and the community that encompassed it.
LADYFITS always communicates back to my heritage in some way: Czech + Cedar Rapidian + Iowan + Maker + Collector + Historian.....
|GRANDFATHER'S WORK, LOVER OF NATURE|
|GRANDFATHER'S WORK: SOME OF MY FAVORITE CHAIRS|
|LADYFITS IN STUDIO|