FS2012: Design, Community & Sublime
Maine College of Art, June 14-16, 2012
The state of Maine boasts a long and distinguished history of craft and woodworking. These traditions have been passed down through generations of makers forging a uniquely powerful work ethic and sense of community. This trans-generational underpinning is still woven into the fabric of Maine’s culture. A tangible sense of community and shared history permeates life in this beautiful place.
The unforgiving coastline of Maine gave birth to communities of skilled shipbuilders, uniquely rugged and determined. The Shakers, in a tradition of simplicity and functionality, contributed to the style, in fact, the very grain of the state and the last of these communities in the country still calls Maine home. There are deeply held values in these life and work choices, those of the Shakers, the boat builders, and all those who coax wood: a fierce independence that is predicated on the strength of community and tradition. The Furniture Society’s 2012 conference, Design, Community, and the Sublime, celebrated these traditions and intersections of craft, community, and design in a setting of natural beauty and contemporary culture.