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Craftspeak: The Bard Graduate Center Craft Oral History Project

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While history and tradition inform so much of contemporary craft, the history of makers themselves isn’t always a priority. It’s a realization that struck Bard Assistant Professor Catherine Whalen and inspired her to create the BGC Craft, Art, and Design Oral History Project, a massive oral history project of tagged and transcribed interviews seeking to document experiences and make connections across disciplines.
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  Creative Casting exhibition catalogue cover, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, 1963. Photo courtesy American Craft Council.
    Creative Casting exhibition catalogue cover, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, 1963. Photo courtesy American Craft Council.
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  Philippe Apeloig, Wole Soyinka: La maison et le monde, Fête du livre, Aix-en-Provence, 2007. Poster, 118 x 175 cm. © Design Philippe Apeloig. Read the interview.
    Philippe Apeloig, Wole Soyinka: La maison et le monde, Fête du livre, Aix-en-Provence, 2007. Poster, 118 x 175 cm. © Design Philippe Apeloig. Read the interview.
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  Ignacio Ciocchini CityBench (2011) manufactured by Landscape Forms/Studio 431. Read the interview.
    Ignacio Ciocchini CityBench (2011) manufactured by Landscape Forms/Studio 431. Read the interview.
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  Vertical slabs under consideration for a project by Nakashima, among the horizontal wood-piles of the Pole Barn. Photo courtesy of Mira Nakashima, George Nakashima Woodworker, S.A. Read the interview.
    Vertical slabs under consideration for a project by Nakashima, among the horizontal wood-piles of the Pole Barn. Photo courtesy of Mira Nakashima, George Nakashima Woodworker, S.A. Read the interview.
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  Paul J. Smith, Director Emeritus, Museum of Arts and Design, with his wood turnings and sculpture, 1958. Photos courtesy Paul J. Smith. Read the interview.
    Paul J. Smith, Director Emeritus, Museum of Arts and Design, with his wood turnings and sculpture, 1958. Photos courtesy Paul J. Smith. Read the interview.
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  Noodle Bowls (2011), handbuilt stoneware with slips and glazes, electric-fired or oxidation-fired, by Mary Barringer.  Photo: Wayne Fleming. Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail, Massachusetts, 2013. Read the interview.
    Noodle Bowls (2011), handbuilt stoneware with slips and glazes, electric-fired or oxidation-fired, by Mary Barringer. Photo: Wayne Fleming. Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail, Massachusetts, 2013. Read the interview.
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  Mary Sheppard Burton, The Secret Place/ Alice Phipps, Tell Me ‘Bout Series, 1994. Wool and twelve-thread-count linen, 43.75 x 52.25 in. Mary Sheppard Burton Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Zamora. Read the interview.
    Mary Sheppard Burton, The Secret Place/ Alice Phipps, Tell Me ‘Bout Series, 1994. Wool and twelve-thread-count linen, 43.75 x 52.25 in. Mary Sheppard Burton Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Zamora. Read the interview.

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