allied craftsmen of san diego: hands on design
March 30–AUGUST 18, 2024
Juried by Guusje Sanders
This juried exhibition will present work that exemplifies the diverse materials, expertise, and strength of creativity of the Allied Craftsmen of San Diego, the oldest professional organization of craft artists in Southern California, and to contribute to a broader community appreciation of contemporary craft.
"Cultural traditions combined with the tactile and sensory experience of the handmade are what connect us on a personal level to craft. From knowledge being passed down through generations, the smell of wood, the feel of clay, and the communal experiences of textiles, our humanness resonates through these art forms. In the array of disciplines – including woodworking, ceramics, metalworking, and fiber arts – we find ways to share stories of our history and experiences.
Hands On Design pays homage to the rich craft traditions that flourish in San Diego and celebrates the skilled hands and creative minds of the Allied Craftsman of San Diego.
Founded in the mid-20th century, the Allied Craftsman of San Diego emerged as a collective dedicated to preserving and advancing traditional crafts. This exhibition is a testament to their commitment to artisanship and the timeless artistry of working with one's hands. The wide range of works and stories presented here highlight the vibrant and dynamic crafts community present in San Diego."
–Juror Guusje Sanders
Guusje Sanders, originally from the Netherlands and residing in the United States since 2006, has over a decade of experience in the art world. In August of 2023, she joined Mingei International Museum as Curator. Prior to this position, she worked as Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, San Diego, formerly Lux Art Institute, where she worked on over 50 exhibitions. She has a Master's in Exhibition and Museum studies from the San Francisco Art Institute and a Bachelor's in Art History from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Celebrate with us on March 30, 2024
Artwork pictured at the top of the page: Judith Christensen, Definitions and Descriptions, 2023. Coffee filters, ink, bamboo, wood, paper clips, 72" x 6.5" x 80".