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CALIFORNIA

CALIFORNIAexplores craft practices definitively Californian, from Native Americans continuing ancient traditions, to contemporary artists expressing new iterations of the art of the handmade.

BASKET WEAVER CORINE PEARCE
BASKET WEAVER CORINE PEARCE

Tracing the history of fiber in California begins with the indigenous Pomo people located in Northern California where basket weaver Corine Pearce is reviving ancestral Pomo basketry techniques.

METALSMITH RANDY STROMSOE
METALSMITH RANDY STROMSOE

Trained by the legendary Porter Blanchard, metalsmith Randy Stromsoe works, surfs, and lives a life of continuous inspiration on the Central Coast of California.

CABINET MAKERS JAMES AND JACK IPEKJIAN
CABINET MAKERS JAMES AND JACK IPEKJIAN

Turning to the Arts and Crafts movement classically embodied in California by Greene and Greene architects, The Gamble House, one of the finest examples of this work is explored, along with the handwork of renowned father and son woodworkers James Ipekjian and Jack Ipekjian, and the spectacular stained glass of the Judson Studios.

FIBER ARTIST DEBORAH CROSS
FIBER ARTIST DEBORAH CROSS

Winding through San Francisco’s Wearable Art movement of the 1960s, the fiber trail leads us to the elegant one-of-a-kind clothing by textile artist Deborah Cross in Santa Cruz.


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CALIFORNIA episode (1 min)

Silversmith Randy Stromsoe on his tools

Silversmith Randy Stromsoe on annealing

Melissa Leventon on wearable art & Deborah Cross on photo transfer

Curator Sherrie Smith-Ferri on Pomo coil baskets

Curator Sherrie Smith-Ferri on Pomo twine baskets

Weston Slaughter on living in the Thorsen House in Berkeley, California.

Melissa Leventon & Deborah Cross on Julie Artisans Gallery