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Creatures from the Deep

San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Design reopened in their new permanent home in Dogpatch, at 2569 Third Street on April 6, 2013.  Dogpatch is an area of the city abutting industrial waterfront buildings, but it is also near some Michelin recognized restaurants–perhaps it is best described as a neighborhood in flux. CORALS One of the the inaugural exhibits is Creatures From the Deep by renowned jewelry artist Arline Fisch.  This is an installation depicting vibrant, larger than life jellyfish, intricately constructed from knitted and crocheted cooper wire to mimic the fluid movement of the wondrous creatures.  This shimmering collection invites visitors to marvel at the elaborate beauty of the imaginary underwater world. Paper Lanterns Arline Fisch, well known for her textile techniques and elegant jewelry designs,has practiced her craft for more than 50 years.  Her work melds jewelry, sculpture, and clothing, and she incorporates the structure of textiles and fiber craft into metal-based pieces that are often inspired by ancient cultures and the natural world. Fisch is the recipient of numerous honors, including an honorary doctorate from Skidmore, a gold medal from the American Craft Council, the Lifetime Achievement Award in Crafts from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and multiple Fulbright fellowships to travel to Uruguay, Vienna, and Denmark. She has been a trustee of the American Craft Council, a founding member and president of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, and a trustee of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and is represented in numerous collections and exhibitions around the world.   Black Sea Nettle This exhibit is organized by the Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin and will only be here to June 23, 2013.  So, if you’re planning a trip to San Francisco,  put a visit to the Museum of Craft and Design at the top of your must see list.

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