The popularity of spoon carving has exploded over the past few years. Virtual carving meetups and the fact that you don’t need a whole woodshop to successfully create a functional and beautiful spoon have made this craft accessible for everyone. Join us with artist Kate Hawes to discuss their Spoon Gram Project, a carvers relationship to the material, and what it means to build community. We’ll also tackle the phenomenon of spoon swapping. Don’t miss this fascinating talk.
Kate Hawes is a woodworker and emerging craft writer based in the Catskill Mountains of New York. They are a 2022 graduate of the Masters in Critical Craft program at Warren Wilson College. Their research interests include spoon exchanges in carving community, the material agency of wood in craft practices, and the phenomenon of dullness in tool use. They have a certificate in cabinet and furniture making from North Bennet Street School, and completed a residency at the Anderson Ranch Art Center. They have taught woodworking at Peters Valley School of Craft, Makeville Studio, the American Folk Art Museum, and the now defunct Crafts Students League.
Brianna Harden co-founded NYC Spoon Club with Ben Gancsos in 2018 as a community meet-up for urban greenwood workers to gather and share knowledge and resources. By trade, Brianna works as an independent graphic designer with a focus on print design, web design, and branding. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
This event is free to the public. The Center for Art in Wood interprets, nurtures, and champions creative engagement and expansion of art, craft, and design in wood to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of it. A suggested donation of $5 per person enables us to provide programs and exhibitions throughout the year.
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