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Back to the Future: IFAM Invests in Sustainable Cultural Traditions

By RoseMary Diaz
July 31, 2019

“My Heart is in the Art”—the resounding theme for the world’s largest gathering of indigenous folk artists, folk art collectors…

Fileteado Porteño: Preserving the iconic street art of Buenos Aires

By Gaby Herrera Stern
June 19, 2019

It’s been years since I’ve walked the cobblestone streets of Buenos Aires, but the sights and sounds of the city…

The Intelligent Hand

By Todd Oppenheimer
June 6, 2019

For many anthropologists, their work involves delving into obscure corners of humanity’s past; for Trevor Marchand, a Canadian-born anthropology professor…

Mexican Craftsmanship and Frida Kahlo

By Joanell Serra
May 2, 2019

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, we want to spotlight one of Mexico’s most iconic artists, Frida Kahlo. Although known…

A Crucible for Tomorrow’s Trades

By Todd Oppenheimer
April 18, 2019

The nation’s largest non-profit facility dedicated to education in the industrial arts runs out of a seemingly simple warehouse in…


Fewer, Better Things

By Gaynor Strachan Chun
January 24, 2019

How much do you know about the objects you surround yourself with in your everyday life? For most of us,…

Crafting a Snow-Covered Castle: The Modern Snow Globe Maker

By Amy Adams
December 12, 2018

As she hikes amongst limestone, pine, and the remains of Polish castles, Paulina Ciepał imagines holding it all in the…

Our Moment of Thanks

By Todd Oppenheimer
November 20, 2018

It’s easy to see the world as a very troubled place these days, especially if, like us, you are based in the western United States. Record-breaking wildfires have become almost the new norm in this region, to say nothing of the growing vitriol between the political left and right, both here and abroad.

Crafting a More Human Future

By Erla Zwingle
October 17, 2018

Exhibition “HOMO FABER” The intriguing title of this monster exhibition of European craftsmen and women, shown in Venice, Italy, during…

Finding Your Ikigai in Craftsmanship

By Gaynor Strachan Chun
September 19, 2018

The Japanese have a term for what we as human beings search for in life and it’s called Ikigai, or…

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Our Summer Issue , on "Artisans of the World" is now winding up. If you missed it, it offers several new short films, along with compelling new feature stories such as "Argentina’s Textile Crusader" and "Mexico’s Master Guitar Makers." You'll also find shorter articles on our blog, and a handful of new audio stories (now available through some of the top streaming services, with more channels coming soon).

Craftsmanship Podcasts

We recently launched our first series of audio stories, narrated by several of San Francisco’s American Contemporary Theater (A.C.T.) MFA students. More will be posted in the coming weeks.

Coming Soon

Many of you have asked us about work-shops, studios, and schools where you can learn a craft or hone skills in your chosen craft. While doing our research, we discovered that a comprehensive source for this information does not yet exist. So, we are setting out to create one. We will bring you more details soon.