A’ Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Award Winners

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Micro Matter by Rosa de Jong 1

Micro Matter by Rosa de Jong

Micro Matter by Rosa de Jong

Micro Matter by Rosa de Jong

Eyelash Stand by Naai-Jung Shih

Eyelash Stand by Naai-Jung Shih

Eyelash Stand (detail) by Naai-Jung Shih

Eyelash Stand (detail) by Naai-Jung Shih

As you may already know, the A’ Design Award & Competition is a very large and one of the world’s leading design competitions. Judged by academics, prominent members of the press and successful professionals around the world, awarded designers are the minds behind frequently very compelling projects. Further, there are many categories (100 of them, in fact) covering just about every facet of modern design. Registration for the award is now open. You can find out more and register here.

In the meantime, however, we take a look at past winners of one category: Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made design. This category encompasses works of art, crafted designs and ready-made objects as well as installations and functional sculptures. The Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design category would be of particular interest to professional and young artists, designers, design galleries, design and arts departments, and other art, craft and design oriented institutions in the creative industry around the world and all are encouraged to submit.

In addition to a trophy, invitation to a gala celebration in Italy and numerous other perks of a lengthy prize package list, award winners are also offered the opportunity to exhibit their work, a free service, and make their work available for purchase free of any commission. You can find the full award package and more information on the A’ Design Award & Competition at http://www.designaward.com.

Can your art, craft or ready-made design hold its own against these past winners? If so consider registering now here.

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Paul Brainard’s My Body is a Grave

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October 17

Walking up to the brick façade of an industrial NYC building, the rumble of a freight elevator vibrates through the entrance until it creeeeeaks to a halt on street level.  The gate lifts.  Paul Brainard pushes one foot down onto the bottom half of the freight elevator door so I can climb inside.  Genial and quick, he leads me through a warren of artists’ studios, every space is spilling over with the alchemical instruments of the artist: tools, canvases, and paint.  Nestled against a large window is Paul’s studio with a drawing table and painting shelf.  After a few pleasantries, he reaches into a plywood painting rack and rotates with a golden frame that catches the evening light in a bloom of yellow.  The drawing inside is so thick with gunmetal tone graphite it hardly resembles paper.  Underneath glass, some images are suspended like intricate seahorses, in a thought-space, thick and transparent, like gelatin.  Other images appear to dance languidly on the metallic ground. Paul talks briefly, painfully, about how both his parents passed away this year.  He shows me a tattoo on his arm from an old New England gravestone rubbing.  Everything, the language, people in his life, and images in his drawings, are appearing and receding like a tide.  Paul addresses this topic we all eventually face with a solo show, My body is a grave, opening October 6th at the Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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