Every year at the end of June, a special weekend takes place in the quaint and charming village of East Aurora, New York, which is home to the historic Roycroft Campus, a major center of the American Arts & Crafts Movement. Their summer season kicks off with festivities that celebrate the community’s roots in art, history and a simpler way of life. On June 24th and 25th, don’t miss your chance to visit East Aurora and immerse yourself in all things Roycroft and explore small-town America. In the heart of the village, the Roycroft Campus will hold their annual Art …
This was not an Arts and Crafts week for me, as I had other distractions, and so I don’t have any Art and Crafts stories to relate. But our local television station ran two short features relating to exercise workouts, something which has recently reentered my life, that caught my attention. The first offered suggestions on how to train your body and your mind to get up earlier than you typically do, so that you can use that extra time to exercise. The tips were pretty obvious: go to bed earlier; set your alarm just 10 minutes earlier, then keep …
As we well know from reading Frank Lloyd Wright, Elbert Hubbard, Gustav Stickley and others, the Arts and Crafts philosophy applies as much to our exterior spaces as it does to our interiors. Just as we have learned to prefer native oak over imported rosewood for our interior trim, there are guidelines to help us to achieve an Arts and Crafts landscape design as well. Here are a few I have picked up along the way that apply to selecting and using rocks to define planting beds and low retaining walls: Rocks look more natural than wood. Before starting your …
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Whether it be a museum with an Arts & Crafts collection, a nearby Prairie School home, a bungalow neighborhood, an Arts & Crafts gallery or a Frederick Law Olmstead park, just being able to add an Arts & Crafts side trip to our journey would add to our enjoyment and our education.
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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then how valuable is a video?
Here at ArtsandCraftsCollector.com we have been busy making brief, informative videos to educate and instruct viewers in a variety of aspects of Arts & Crafts collecting.
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We are currently in the process of collecting, organizing, identifying and displaying on this website as many Arts & Crafts shopmarks as possible. And like our Reference Library, we need your help. While we have documented the shopmarks of the major Arts & Crafts firms, we need for you to email us a photograph of any shopmarks you have from lesser known firms, along with a brief description of the piece.
As both a collector and a researcher, I have often wished there was one site where every book ever written on the Arts & Crafts movement was listed. Now that place exists. Together we can compile on this website a list of every book of interest to Arts & Crafts collectors. All you have to do is pull some of the books off your bookshelf (go for the less obvious ones – and check below for duplicate entries) and email me the title, author, publisher and most recent copyright date. I will sort them by category and list them here so that anytime you or anyone else wants to research anything relating to the Arts & Crafts movement, you will start your search here.
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