From the (home office) desk of Executive Director Vonda Givens: Gustav Stickley established Craftsman Farms as a physical expression of his Arts and Crafts vision—a place where his concepts about living would be given substance, tested and shared with his audience. I’ve been thinking about this vision for Craftsman Farms as we adjust to closing its doors to the public. In our initial (newly remote) meetings, the museum’s staff discussed how to be the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms in a new way. How do we take what we treasure as a multi-sensory experience and shift that experience …
I’m not sure if it has anything to do with our self-imposed Stay At Home order, but last week I found myself more than just casually interested in a piece of Arts and Crafts furniture being offered at Brunk Auctions here in Asheville. Now, it is safe to say I have been attending auctions since I was 18 years old, so they have always been a part of my adult life. I have sold items through auction, I have bought items through auction, and I have come away from auctions empty-handed, so I was slightly bemused at myself for …
by Kate Nixon We at ArtsandCraftsCollector.com recognize that due to the changing landscape, collectors have grown confident and comfortable by buying pieces online that in the past they might have only bought in person at a gallery or shows. The transition into online purchase has surpassed its rare status into the norm; in the spring of 2019, a US Department of Commerce report showed the total market share of online U.S. retail sales was higher than general in-store sales for the first time in history, aided by the ease and usability of the online shopping environment and a growing …
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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