'Craft In America: Nature'
(DVD / PG / 2017 / PBS)
Overview: CRAFT IN AMERICA, the Peabody Award-winning documentary series, is an inspirational journey to the artists, objects, techniques, and origins of American craft. NATURE celebrates the beauty, inspiration, and future of the American landscape and challenges viewers to reassess their relationship with the natural world.
DVD Verdict: Up next in this highly respected 'Craft In America' series is NATURE. NATURE features artists who explore the beauty and wonder of the natural world around us. Artists include sculptor Patrick Dougherty, fiber artist Mary Merkel-Hess, woodcarver Michelle Holzapfel, book artist Catherine Alice Michaelis, and glass artist Preston Singletary.
By emphasizing the profound connection between art and society, NATURE continues a hallmark of Craft in America: positioning artists as participants in larger global concerns while at the same time honoring them as pure visionaries. The women and men profiled in this hour are first and foremost artists, but in their direct inspirations from the environment, they are part of the important on-going conversation about the future of this planet.
First up is internationally acclaimed sculptor Patrick Dougherty of North Carolina who is committed to environmental issues, and his large scale installations stimulate the imagination and invite exploration.
Next we watch as Woodcarver Michelle Holzapfel uses New England's hardwoods to create work that honors Mother Nature at her finest, inspiring fanciful creations - sculpted boxes, bowls, and unusual trompe l'oeil pieces.
Iowa fiber artist Mary Merkel-Hess makes sculptural works with paper, reed, and paint, creating Landscape Reports that impart a sense of place and containment.
Then Preston Singletary captures the motion and magnificence of wild creatures in molten glass, which he then embellishes with symbols and designs from his Tlingit heritage.
Lastly, in Shelton, Washington, Catherine Alice Michaelis designs and prints broadsheets and books that are tactile, thoughtful, sensual, and imaginatively folded paper sculptures.
Oh, and if you were not aware, 'Craft in America' is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the exploration, preservation and celebration of craft and its impact on our nationís cultural heritage. This DVD features subtitles in English (SDH). This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.