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Chicago, IL Public Art
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Craft/work is a lecture series and gallery exhibit that investigates the relationship between art and craft.

Chicago, IL Public Art
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What is Craft/Work? 

Craft/Work is a month long exhibit at Beauty & Brawn Gallery that aims to jump-start a conversation about the sometimes fraught relationship between Art and Craft. The project will include a series of six bi-weekly lectures and demonstrations by participating artists/crafters in which they explore their own work, inspirations and technical skills.

Why is this important?

There's a divide- "crafters" make things we use while "artists" create pieces that represent a concept. But sometimes they overlap- sometimes a quilt or an embroidery engages in a conversation about culture or history or gender. We feel like we're missing an accessible vocabulary with which to talk about this phenomenon without hackles being raised and toes being tread upon. It feels like such a waste of awesome creativity! What is it about our culture and our histories that have created such a divide? Is the separation still important? How/why are we still holding on to it? This exhibit and lecture series will push some of the boundaries between art work and craft work, and create a welcoming space where makers can start talking about their work in a new light.

Who are we?

We are artists, crafters and teachers. Although we come from different artistic backgrounds, we find ourselves continuously negotiating the divide between art and craft; especially within the realm of textiles and how it effects and is effected by gender.

What will your money do? 

 Although we have a free gallery space for the show, we need to pay rent for the workshop series leading up to it. We also need funds for workshop supplies, and to offer small honorariums to the artists giving talks. Your money will help this project to be a productive experience for everyone involved, ensuring that all of our events can be free and open to the public. And also fund snacks: because snacks are imperative. Obviously.

How can you get involved?

The more voices we have, the more interesting the conversation: we want to hear from you! Submit a piece to the show! We’ll have a call for artists coming out imminently! Are you in Chicago? Attend the workshop series! Not from the Chicago area? Not to worry! The lectures will be recorded as podcasts and made available to the public! Engage with social media! Craft/work can be found on Tumblr, Twitter (craftworkshow), and Facebook.

Thanks so much for reading! We'd love it if you would spread the word about this project to people who might be excited and want to support it!

Rewards! 

Here are mockups of just some of the AMAZING awards you can receive for supporting this project! 

Craft/Work Pins and Magnets 

Get a great set of 6 magnets or a selection of two pins, depending on your reward level!
Get a great set of 6 magnets or a selection of two pins, depending on your reward level!

Craft/Work Tote Bag

Hand silk screened, eco-friendly, fair labor tote from ecobags.com
Hand silk screened, eco-friendly, fair labor tote from ecobags.com

Craft/Work T-Shirt

Hand silk screened union made unisex t-shirt!
Hand silk screened union made unisex t-shirt!

Craft/Work Pillow

Hand silk screened 16" x 16" envelope style pillowcase!
Hand silk screened 16" x 16" envelope style pillowcase!

Risks and challenges

In whatever capacity possible, Craft/Work is definitely going to take place in April of next year. Your support allows us to fulfill all of our community-based goals listed above. As experienced craft producers and vendors we feel like we've given ourselves a generous timeline for producing and shipping our rewards but we recognize that life happens. While we expect to ship most of our rewards way before the estimate it is possible that this might not be the case.

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    5 backers

    Supporter: Will be thanked on our project's webpage and gallery signage.

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    10 backers

    Hand block printed Craft/Work postcard. Will also be thanked on our project's webpage and gallery signage.

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    7 backers

    Pre-entry to all Craft/Work events including launch party and opening event at Beauty and Brawn Gallery, Chicago. Mingle with the organizers and artists at a Kickstarter only reception!

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    6 backers

    One Craft/Work exhibit poster and two hand-made pins!

    Plus pre-entry to all Craft/Work events including launch party and opening event at Beauty and Brawn Gallery, Chicago, and thank you's on website and signage.

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    6 backers Limited (14 left of 20)

    **NEW** One set of six 1" Craft/Work refrigerator magnets! Plus pre-entry to all Craft/Work events including launch party and opening event at Beauty and Brawn Gallery, Chicago, and thank you's on website and signage.

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    20 backers Limited (80 left of 100)

    One hand-printed Craft/Work eco-friendly tote bag! (Fair labor and organic cotton from ecobags.com!)

    Plus pre-entry to all Craft/Work events including launch party and opening event at Beauty and Brawn Gallery, Chicago, and thank you's on website and signage.

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    3 backers

    One hand-printed and sewed Craft/Work 16" x 16" pillow cover. (Fits easily available pillow form of your choosing.) Envelope closure. Machine washable.

    Plus pre-entry to all Craft/Work events including launch party and opening event at Beauty and Brawn Gallery, Chicago, and thank you's on website and signage.

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    6 backers Limited (44 left of 50)

    Hand-printed (by us!) American and union made (by the UFCW!) Craft/Work T-shirt! Unisex style. We will follow up with you to confirm size.

    Plus pre-entry to all Craft/Work events including launch party and opening event at Beauty and Brawn Gallery, Chicago, and thank you's on website and signage.

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    6 backers Limited (19 left of 25)

    Swag Bag! One hand-printed T-shirt, one hand-printed tote-bag, one Craft/Work exhibit poster, one block printed post card and two pins!

    Plus pre-entry to all Craft/Work events including launch party and opening event at Beauty and Brawn Gallery, Chicago, and thank you's on website and signage.

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    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    **NEW** Private Lessons! - One three-hour workshop on the craft of your choice from either Rachel or Nora! Learn block printing, knitting, embroidery, sewing, book binding, or get some help on a project that's driving you crazy. Plus pre-entry to all Craft/Work events including launch party and opening event at Beauty and Brawn Gallery, Chicago, and thank you's on website and signage.

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    0 backers Limited (20 left of 20)

    Custom embroidery! We will work with you to establish design/imagery that will fit inside an 8" wooden embroidery hoop. Hand embroidered by either Rachel or Nora.

    Plus pre-entry to all Craft/Work events including launch party and opening event at Beauty and Brawn Gallery, Chicago, and thank you's on website and signage.

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    1 backer Limited (3 left of 4)

    Custom block print! Rachel will work with you to create a custom 8" x 10" hand-pulled linoleum print based on a photo or imagery of your choice. You can receive one print on museum quality print paper.

    Plus pre-entry to all Craft/Work events including launch party and opening event at Beauty and Brawn Gallery, Chicago, and thank you's on website and signage.

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    0 backers Limited (4 left of 4)

    Gangbusters! Pretty much everything: 1 block printed Craft/Work postcard, 2 Craft/Work pins, 1 Craft/Work exhibit poster, either 1 tote bag OR 1 pillow cover, 1 t-shirt, and either 1 custom embroidery OR 1 custom block print.

    Plus pre-entry to all Craft/Work events including launch party and opening event at Beauty and Brawn Gallery, Chicago, and thank you's on website and signage.

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Funding period

- (30 days)