By Mara Parker
San Diego State University’s Art Council Ambassadors, a philanthropic group dedicated to supporting the School of Art + Design, awarded its annual faculty development grants this past summer to two assistant professors at the school, Kerianne Quick (Jewelry and Metalsmithing), and Adam Manley (Furniture and Woodworking). Quick and Manley received a total of $1000 to pursue a collaborative publishing project.
While working this summer as artists-in-residence at Haystack Mountain School of Craft, an international craft school located in Deer Isle, Maine, Quick and Manley designed, printed, and hand-bound the inaugural issue of Craft Desert, an art journal. Paul Sacaridiz, Haystack’s director, was a guest writer, contributing one of the journal’s first essays.
Quick and Manley hope this unique art “zine” will bring to light the complex and diverse world of human production, as well as foster curiosity and prompt new awareness about how and why we create.
According to Quick and Manley, there is currently no print publication dedicated to the crafts as an expanded practice, which focuses specifically on the Southwest. Their goal with Craft Desert is to fill the void, to expose people to artists from, or who are working in, the Southwest desert region, and to provide a new lens through which to understand craft in the contemporary landscape.
Quick and Manley are grateful for the funding opportunity provided to them by the Art Council Ambassadors to fully realize their project. “We had the time and space to dig deep into the content and design of the zine, which allowed us to build something refined and whole,” said Manley. “This project will carry on for years thanks to our strong start and our ability to execute our vision in a setting of supportive art making like Haystack.”
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