Thank You New York City!

Did you know?  There’s a plan afoot to change all that scary looking, scary feeling and sometimes truly scary street scaffolding over the streets of New York City!!  On occasion we’ll see a travel article with the headline “Tips for Women Traveling Alone” but never one for safely navigating those dark cavernous sidewalk tunnels. Now, from a design competition created by Dovetail Design Strategists led by Susanna Sirefman, comes something better than tips.  A solution by Urban Umbrella.  Tricky, spooky sidewalks lit by overhead LED lights, easier access to stores even with a stroller, 180 degree visibility and smooth surfaces that don’t catch or scratch not only ease a woman’s mind of what might be hiding in the shadows but they’re practical.  Replacements for the ugly sidewalk sheds are easily and inexpensively installed structures that improve ease of foot traffic for shoppers and stores alike – and they’re beautiful!

(Reference article – Gina Bellafante, Big City, New York Times, 8/25/19)

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Who Gets Called Artist?
Not the usual question “Who gets to call it Art?”.  This one goes more to the heart of the matter, “Who gets called Artist?”  As we move beyond the myth of the hero who establishes individual identity and embrace the universality of the creative artist within, craft is moving from stepchild to museum sought artwork.  And it is often women who leading the change.  The centerpiece of the “Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art” show and the cover of its book is a pineapple!  The artist, Mr. Madrigal, openly acknowledges his mother, Elisa Madrigal Martinez, who stepped away from village pottery to embellish on the basic craft to create the astonishing pineapples that are claiming a place as sculpture in museums today. (see below) The significance of crafts entering conversations about art is to impact culture, to challenge stereotypes at the fundamental level of archetypes.  As canvas changes from the flat stretched surface to anything turned into a narrative, the focus of art shifts from craft to art.  Embroiders, ceramicists, weavers, basket makers, miniaturists, even obscure scrimshaw carvers, and engravers recently featured at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England, and many others who just make it because they want to, are changing cultural myths around the exclusivity of who gets called artist.