Material Culture

Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat October 20, 2012

Man's Search for Family History Depends on Unusual Clue

A unique rosary is one man's only link to his grandmother's past.
Credit Gianofer Fields

Contributor Gianofer Fields introduces us to a man searching for the history behind a family heirloom.

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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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat October 6, 2012

'Rooms of Wonder' Exhibit Offers Curiosities of the Past

Madison artist Martha Glowacki brings the curiosities of the past to life in a permanent exhibit at the MAM.
Credit Courtesy of the Milwaukee Art Museum

Contributor Gianofer Fields interviews Madison artist Martha Glowacki.

Knick-knacks, tchochkis, collectibles...whatever you want to call them, there are objects we love to collect.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Walking the Fine, Sometimes Blurry Line Between Work and Creativity

"Chor" by Madison electrician and artist Chris Murphy
Chris Murphy

Contributor Gianofer Fields interviews artist Chris Murphy.

The truth behind the phrase “starving artist” scares a lot of otherwise artistically inclined folks away pursuing an arts career.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu September 6, 2012

'It's a Material World' Explores a Unique Back-to-School Supply

Meet Madison seamstress Thuy Nguyen - and her supplies.
Credit Gianofer Fields

Contributor Gianofer Fields interviews Madison seamstress Thuy Nguyen.

It’s a special back-to-school edition of our It’s A Material World series.

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

A Beloved Machine Goes on the Fritz

Contributor Gianofer Fields' beloved washer is on the fritz - here's its "brain" in the capable hands of repairman John.
Credit Gianofer Fields

Contributor Gianofer Fields interviews the repairman who has come to save her washer.

Material culture explores why objects have meaning to us. For our contributor, it's because it does her wash.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Fri August 10, 2012

An Artist, a Tool & a Purpose

Madison artist Kelty Carew uses her etching skills to create art - and memorials.
Credit Gianofer Fields

Contributor Gianofer Fields introduces us to Madison artist Kelty Carew.

Objects play many roles in our lives. Some are functional. Some are ornamental. But, there are things - objects - that touch us on an deeper level.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Lions & Tigers, But No Bears: A Trip to Wisconsin's Big Cat Rescue

The Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue staff and volunteers care for more than 30 lions, tigers and leopards.
Gianofer Fields

Contributor Gianofer Fields takes us to the Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue.

What happens to animals are discarded like objects that no longer entertain?

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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.
Credit Gianofer Fields

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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