Gianofer Fields

Material Culturalist

Gianofer Fields is a freelance producer and reporter for NPR, BBC and Madison's WORT Community Radio. She says, “Once you seriously consider the objects you use to fill your emotional and functional needs, you will never see those things the same way ever again. From delightfully intriguing to dangerously obsessive, objects affect our daily lives. They creep into our subconscious. They say volumes about who we are or wish to be, without uttering a single word.”

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A souvenir is usually something someone brings back from somewhere they paid a visit. But what happens when the somewhere no longer exists? That's the question material culture contributor Gianofer Fields sought to answer in her latest "It's a Material World" segment.

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Madison students pranked a city using a lot of Styrofoam, a lake, and the Statue of Liberty.

Building Community with Molten Metal

Feb 2, 2013
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When Lake Effect's material culture contributor Gianofer Fields was a kid, her father worked at Pelton Steel Casting Company in Milwaukee. Very simply put, casting metal is the process of melting iron, pouring it into molds, and letting it cool. Her father was a Finish Grinder and it was his job to clean up the cast objects after they were pulled from the molds.

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Yevgeniya Kaganovich is a jewelry maker and metalsmith who applies the techniques of her trade to other media.

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This summer the Chipstone Foundation challenged artists from all over Wisconsin to use just one tool to create a work of art. Contributor Gianofer Fields has presented some of their stories in recent months in our It’s a Material World series.

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This artist's canvass is his own body.

For the past several months, Lake Effect's material culture contributor Gianofer Fields has been asking artists throughout Wisconsin a simple question: if you had only one tool at your disposal to practice your craft, what would it be? For some artists, who already use only a select few tools in creating their art, it was an easy choice; others simply couldn't - or wouldn't - choose.

It's that time of year when college/university students are experiencing the joy of a short holiday break and the dread of writing their final papers.

For our Material Culture contributor Gianofer Fields, the struggle isn't writing the paper. It's picking a subject. 

For her, the passion is studying a variety of objects...the pain is picking just one. In this weeks It's a Material World segment, Fields seeks guidance from an expert,  historian Dr. William Moore, of the University of North Carolina – Wilmington.

He suggests some remarkable ceremonial chairs to be at the center of the latest installment in our It’s A Material World series:

She Who Is Not to Be Named

 If you don't carve your pumpkins, someone will. 

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As a student of material culture, Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields examines the meanings behind objects - what they signify historically and to an individual. But what happens when the meaning of a treasured object is hidden and lost to time?

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