Editor’s Let­ter

Arts and Crafts Homes - - CONTENS - Pa­tri­cia Poore, Editor ppoore@aim­me­dia.com 10 Har­bor Rd., Glouces­ter, MA 01930

The Arts & Crafts Re­vival is a liv­ing evo­lu­tion that is pro­duc­ing great new work.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO, an­tiques deal­ers ruled the roost and “re­pro­duc­tions” were heresy. How things change! I know that the cur­rent Arts & Crafts Re­vival, which has al­ready gone on longer than the orig­i­nal move­ment in Amer­ica, is pro­duc­ing work equal to and of­ten bet­ter than that of a cen­tury ago. What a plea­sure it is to see the prod­ucts of today’s de­sign­ers, artists, and crafts­peo­ple. 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. And so we bring you a spe­cial is­sue ded­i­cated to the out­put of today’s re­vival. Th­ese peo­ple and com­pa­nies are, in gen­eral, those we’ve come to know through their com­mit­ment to a de­lib­er­ate Arts & Crafts ap­proach. Many have been rec­om­mended over the years by our read­ers. We could have filled twice as many pages! (Find more at art­sand­craft­shomes.com, in var­i­ous ar­ti­cle posts and in the Prod­ucts & Ser­vices sec­tion.) The pages that fol­low are full of beau­ti­ful things—a beauty that’s more than sur­face deep. Ob­jects are im­bued with what their mak­ers know, re­flect­ing their phi­los­o­phy and deep knowl­edge of the orig­i­nal Arts & Crafts move­ment, their hard-won skills, and their own in­ter­pre­ta­tions. The re­vival is a liv­ing evo­lu­tion. Most house­hold­ers can’t af­ford to fur­nish an en­tire house with the hand-made and the very best. But we can ap­pre­ci­ate all of it, and maybe save up for a spe­cial piece that’s mean­ing­ful to us. For the rest, sim­ple de­sign and nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als that age well do the job. This wave of the Arts & Crafts move­ment has pro­duced stun­ning new houses and a wa­ter­shed mo­ment in kitchen de­sign. It has ral­lied for the lo­cal and the ver­nac­u­lar, for smaller homes, for bet­ter build­ing prac­tice, and for a mantra of “fewer, bet­ter things.” A gen­er­a­tion of crafts­peo­ple and small busi­ness own­ers has learned to in­te­grate life and work, mov­ing in the di­rec­tion of con­scious liv­ing. And they make won­der­ful stuff.

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