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 May 3, 2012

Aaron's Hammer

Blacksmiths' tools haven't changed that much over time.
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Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields interviews blacksmith Aaron Howard.

Technological advances have meant the tools of many trades are transient - evolving from year to year.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu April 19, 2012

A Mighty Welder

Metal artist Erika Koivunen at work with her welder
Credit William Howard/Pinterest

Contributor Gianofer Fields introduces us to metal artist Erika Koivunen.

What does it take to spot the hidden life in an object many of us would view as junk?

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu April 5, 2012

A Visit to Man Mound Park

Wisconsin's Man Mound is singular among effigy mounds.
Credit Sauk County Historical Society

Our It’s a Material World feature spotlights a singular effigy mound in Wisconsin.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu March 22, 2012

For Some, Art Is an Octopus Opening a Pickle Jar

Cathy Lybarger creates unusual glass art in her Madison studio.
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Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields interviews glass artist Cathy Lybarger.

For ages, people have pondered what exactly constitutes art.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu February 23, 2012

The Geographic Meaning of Objects

The Ortelius world map 1570
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields discusses the geographic meaning of objects.

Contributor Gianofer Fields brings us the story of how material culture meets sense of place.

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