Thursday is the first day of the American Craft Council Conference events. Technically, I suppose these are pre-conference activities. I have signed up for a tour on Thursday afternoon to The High Point Center for Printmaking and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. At the museum I hope to see my seder plate Eons of Exodus which is on display.
As you may know I will be blogging as often as possible during the next three days October 15-18 about my experiences at the Conference including the events, presentations, panel discussions, and speakers. The title of the Conference is "Creating a New Craft Culture." This is described as investigating "the inherent tensions between craft as lifestyle and craft as livelihood." This is an ambitious goal, but I do applaud that the Conference programming and presentations appear to be on target with the Conference theme.
You can find information about the presentations by CLICKING HERE. If you would like information about the speakers CLICK HERE. If you just want the quick overview of the entire Conference program CLICK HERE.
Emiko Oye will also be blogging at the Conference from her own perspective. You can find her blog at: http://blog.rewarestyle.com/.
We are both members of SNAG and the online communities of Etsy, Object Fetish, and Crafthaus. In addition I am on Facebook and Flickr. Check out the these sites NOW for more information about the 2.0 marketplaces and social networking sites. You may learn more background on the subjects and view some of the content to be addressed during this conference. I anticipate that these sites will be mentioned often during the speaker presentations and panels. Whether "craft is a lifestyle or a livelihood in the 21st century" it will definitely be on the Internet.
(All of these sites are FREE, but most require you to register as a member to participate. )
Some of the sites mentioned above are purely social networking (such as Facebook and Flickr). In comparison, Etsy is an online marketplace where buying and selling is a primary objective. Facebook and Crafthaus may be a combination of both social networking and online visibility or marketing depending on the artist.
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