Art of Masks: The craft of protection
Garland magazine presents Art of Masks, a discussion about handmade responses to the pandemic, as featured in the latest issue of The Journal of Modern Craft and makers around the world.
In 2020, curator Caroline Kipp organised a series of conversations to reflect on the way that scientists, historians, artists, designers and craftspeople engaged with the making and wearing of masks during the pandemic. This raised issues of the materiality of sanitisation, adornment at a time of social distancing, and how the mask has become a canvas for political, social and cultural identity. We hear from contributors and others who have reflected on the creative value of mask-making and its histories. This is the inaugural collaborative event between The Journal of Modern Craft and Garland/Reinventing the Wheel, that Garland aims to run three times a year, coinciding with the publication of each issue of The Journal of Modern Craft.
Caroline Kipp, whose series of talks inspired the issue of JMC, is Curator of Contemporary Art at The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
Alison Matthews David is the Graduate Program Director for Ryerson University’s MA Fashion program. She is the author of Fashion Victims: The Dangers of Dress Past and Present (Bloomsbury), and Killer Style: How Fashion Has Injured, Maimed and Murdered Through History (Owlkids).
Kate Kretz is a visual artist, trained as a painter. She holds a BFA from State University of New York at Binghamton, and an MFA from the University of Georgia.
Maegen Black is the Director of the Canadian Crafts Federation and North American President for the World Crafts Council.
Anna Battista publishes one of the most prodigious craft platforms around, Irenebrination, looking at the world through a textile and fashion lens.
Professor Andrew Groves is the founder and director of the Westminster Menswear Archive, whose curator is Danielle Specher.