Edi­tor’s Let­ter

Wel­come to the Arts & Crafts re­vival—now in its fifth decade and go­ing strong.

Arts and Crafts Homes - - CONTENTS -

TO­DAY’S ARTS & CRAFTS sen­si­bil­ity reaches past re­pro­duc­tions and even in­ter­pre­tive work. It has spread be­yond the cognoscenti, be­yond those who know the his­tory of the move­ment. Arts & Crafts tenets have been em­braced widely. These in­clude an un­der­stand­ing of the lo­cal and ver­nac­u­lar, an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of tra­di­tional skills, sus­tain­able prac­tices, and a pref­er­ence for “fewer, bet­ter things.” In both ar­chi­tec­ture and interior design, the cur­rent wave of Arts & Crafts is pro­duc­ing stun­ning, liv­able new houses.

The Arts & Crafts Re­vival is about 45 years old—and thus more en­dur­ing than the orig­i­nal Amer­i­can move­ment of the early 20th century. Con­tem­po­rary artists and crafts­peo­ple are pro­duc­ing work equal to and of­ten bet­ter than that of a hun­dred years ago. It’s im­pos­si­ble not to ap­pre­ci­ate the beauty and qual­ity of their tex­tiles, their pot­tery and tile, their work in metal and glass and wood. In com­mon with the orig­i­nal move­ment, to­day’s ar­ti­sans con­sider the pe­cu­liar­i­ties of place, use dis­cern­ment, marry design to craft, and of­ten work co­op­er­a­tively with other artists and trades­peo­ple. Their clients are look­ing not for what is trendy or for the cheap­est op­tion, but rather for a con­nec­tion to the maker.

If you are build­ing, adding to, or re­mod­el­ing a house in the Arts & Crafts spirit, the pages that fol­low will give you a vo­cab­u­lary of design. You’ll be in­tro­duced to the di­ver­sity of in­flu­ences: English, Scan­di­na­vian, Ja­panese; Stick­ley and Crafts­man, Prairie School, Cal­i­for­nia Bun­ga­low. You may be­gin to see where your house fits in (or at least where your tastes lie), and that will help guide your de­ci­sions.

En­joy this spe­cial is­sue ded­i­cated to the out­put of to­day’s re­vival—in­di­vid­u­als and com­pa­nies we’ve come to know through their com­mit­ment to a de­lib­er­ate Arts & Crafts ap­proach. Many were rec­om­mended over the years by our read­ers. Alas, we could have filled twice as many pages! Find more at art­sand­craft­shomes.com, in var­i­ous ar­ti­cle posts and in the Prod­ucts & Ser­vices sec­tion.

Pa­tri­cia Poore, Edi­tor ppoore@aim­me­dia.com 10 Har­bor Rd., Glouces­ter, MA 01930

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