Contemporary Craft

WHAT: Transformation 10: Contemporary Works in Found Materials
WHERE: Contemporary Craft
WHEN: Through March 23

Why You Should Go:

Snake scales, soap, staples. Upcycled denim and discarded inner tubes. These are just some of the unexpected materials used by artists to explore themes ranging from violence to loss to prejudice.

In the hands of 26 inventive artists — all finalists for Contemporary Craft’s Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize — found materials take on new meaning and power in Transformation 10. Documenting one day of gun violence in the U.S. that saw 62 fatalities — prize-winning artist Melissa Cameron created gun-shaped jewelry made from metal containers collected from shooting sites.

Discover how artist Kate Kretz uses hand-embroidered hair from people who have experienced loss and why Michelle Stitzlein rescues materials from landfills to make textile art.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...