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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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Saving Face: The Legacy - and Mystery - of Face Jugs Endures

Face Jug, Miles Mill Pottery, Edgefield, SC, 1862-70. Chipstone Foundation.
Credit Gavin Ashworth

Contributor Gianofer Fields interviews Claudia Mooney, curator for the Chipstone Foundation, about face jugs.

As a student of Material Culture, contributor Gianofer Fields spends a lot of her time studying objects. However, in this installment of "It’s a Material World," it seems the object has its own agenda, albeit a somewhat ambiguous one.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat June 30, 2012

Master Goldsmith Finds Master Solution to One Tool Challenge

Wisconsin goldsmith Missy Howard says she has an emotional attachment to her tools.
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Contributor Gianofer Fields interviews master goldsmith Missy Howard.

A couple of weeks ago, our Material Culture contributor Gianofer Fields asked us a unique question: What single tool would you use to help you get through a normal day? Chances are, for most of us, we couldn’t imagine being limited to just one item.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Pliers Plus Wire Equals...Bonsai?

A copper bonsai tree, a la Wisconsin artist Kevin Iris
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Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields interviews sculptor Kevin Iris.

During the course of a day, most of us use more than one tool to get what we need to get done…done. But what if you had to finish a normal day's work - with just one tool?

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Potter Preserves Legacy of Face Jugs - Whatever It May Be

Historic face jugs were a slave-era craft, and typically featured large eyes, noses and wide mouths. Sculptor Michael Bayne recreates one here.
Credit Michel Bayne

Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields interviews master potter Michel Bayne about face jugs.

History is full of stories in which people are repressed – kept from expressing themselves freely.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Turning Discarded American Clothes into Gorgeous Haitian Garments

What should we do with all our leftover textiles and clothing?
Credit Joost Nelissen/Flickr

Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields interviews art professor Carol Frances Lung about textiles.

We don’t often give a lot of thought to our clothes or where they come from.

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