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Chicago School Teaches Mosaic as Art, Not Craft

By Jason Kreke

As students sit nearby hammering pieces of glass or stone, Karen Ami works on a colorful mosaic of yellow, green and orange that she’s designing in conjunction with Columbia College. As she talks, she fits in pieces, remarking on how the color gradually changes and the way the fluid lines go beyond simple stick-and-glue approaches. Read the Rest…

Sara McIntosh Revives the Art of Shoemaking

By Patty Wetli

Stepping from Winchester Avenue into the cobbling studio of Sara McIntosh, which also doubles as the Chicago School of Shoemaking, feels a bit like visiting one of those historical colonial reenactment communities (*cough* Williamsburg *cough*), minus the actors in period costumes. But while the tools of the craft are virtually the same as those used Read the Rest…

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