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Craft in America & Preston Singletary

See the latest PBS Episode of Craft in America featuring Preston Singletary. 

The air date has been announced for the latest “Craft in America” episode, featuring Preston Singletary. Make sure to check your local listings for “Craft in America: Nature” airing Friday April 21st, 2017 to see an interview with Preston about his art.


In May 2016 the award-winning PBS show “Craft in America” filmed at the Preston Singletary Glass Studio in Seattle, WA. The team filmed a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse at the different phases of creating pieces in blown glass, interviewed Curator Miranda Belarde-Lewis about Tlingit culture and received greater insight directly from Preston Singletary on his art.

Visit the “Craft in America” website to explore past episodes, featured artists and to learn more about this award-winning series.

See Singletary’s Artist Page


 

Craft in America’s mission includes:

“…To document and advance original handcrafted work through programs in all media, accessible to all. We are dedicated to the exploration, preservation and celebration of craft, the work of the hand, and their impact on our nation’s cultural heritage.”

 

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Visiting Artists to the Preston Singletary Studio

In late December the Preston Singletary Studio was pleased to host visiting artists Djambawa Marawili and Gunybi Ganambarr, along with Kade McDonald (Hanging Valley) from Australia. The artists collaborated on several unique glass pieces during their week-long visit.

In late December the Preston Singletary Studio was pleased to host visiting artists Djambawa Marawili and Gunybi Ganambarr, along with Kade McDonald (Director of Hanging Valley) from Australia. The artists collaborated on several unique glass pieces during their week-long visit.

Preston Singletary met Ganamburr in 2015 when Singletary visited Australia while taking part in a cultural exchange hosted by the United States Embassy.  While touring the country they forged a connection and planned on having the Australian artists visit Seattle in the future.

Djambawa Marawili is known as a leader in of the Madarrpa Clan as well as a renowned artist. His art resides in several museum collections and he is recognized as an activist in his community.  Marawili works in several mediums including “sculpture, bark painting and linocut, Marawili also produced the first screenprint image for the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Printspace”. 

Gunybi Ganambarr is noted for his innovative work with found materials.  The Australian wrote; "When Ganambarr was a young man, senior Yolngu artists recognized his ability and ensured he had the skills and knowledge to create the extraordinary bark paintings on show. These wonderfully complex and technically brilliant barks sit alongside new works that exploit the potential of materials found around mining sites. Using the layered webs of lines fundamental to traditional Yolngu painting and the incising of lines that characterizes Yolngu carving, he has reclaimed the insulation panels and rubber belts discarded by miners and transformed them into panels that combine traditional image-making with an enhanced sense of visual depth and tangible space. Ganambarr's work epitomizes the innovative and exploratory nature of contemporary Aboriginal arts practice.” Ganambarr ‘s work has also been exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum.

This recent meeting between all of the artists to the Preston Singletary Studio focused on exploring different mediums, learning the glassblowing and design process, and working on new pieces collaboratively, the first of which is titled "Warrukay". 

 

Warrukay

Warrukay
Blown and sand carved glass
29.75” x 4.5”

 

  

 

 

 

 

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The Latest “Family Story Totem”

The latest in the "Family Story Totem" series is almost complete. 

Introducing the newest “Family Story Totem” in cast lead crystal, the final in this series of three monumental totems representing Singletary’s great grandmother and her pet bear cub that she had as a child.

Stay posted for more photos of this work as final touches are completed and installation begins. Also, stay tuned as the next series of monumental lead crystal totems by Preston Singletary are announced! 

 

 

Family Story Totem, Detail  

Above Images: Approval visit by the artist at the Czech Republic Studio, where the "Family Story Totem" was cast.

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Craft in America

In May 2016 the PBS show “Craft in America” filmed at the Preston Singletary Glass Studio in Seattle, WA and filmed a behind the scenes look at Preston Singletary and his art process. 

In May 2016 the PBS show “Craft in America” filmed at the Preston Singletary Glass Studio in Seattle, WA. The “Craft in America” crew got a special look at the art glass process, interviewed Curator Miranda Belarde-Lewis about Tlingit culture and received greater insight from Preston Singletary on his art. A distinct focus was given to pieces that will be featured in the “Raven and the Box of Daylight” solo exhibition at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA to be presented in 2018.

Craft in America’s mission includes:

“…To document and advance original handcrafted work through programs in all media, accessible to all. We are dedicated to the exploration, preservation and celebration of craft, the work of the hand, and their impact on our nation’s cultural heritage.”

Preston Singletary will be included in the “Nature “episode of “Craft in America”, which is currently in production and will air within the next few months. Visit the “Craft in America” website to explore past episodes, featured artists and to learn more about this award-winning series.

 

 

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Art & Music: Khu.éex’

An inside look at the music of Khu.éex', where Preston Singletary plays bass. 

Art & Music: Khu.éex'

The band Khu.éex' is the brainchild of artist Preston Singletary and legendary innovator Bernie Worrell (previously of Parliament-Funkadelic).

Khu.éex' features spoken word, Native storytelling, and singing, performed with an experimental approach with rock/funk aspects. Our band also performs in traditional regalia and NW coast masks.

Khu.éex' will be raising funds via an Indiegogo campaign starting on Monday February 1st 2016 and ending April 1st, 2016.

 

Contribute to our Indiegogo campaign to help bring Khu.éex's debut album, “The Wilderness Within” to life on double vinyl right now at: https://www.indiegogo.com/at/khuee

Share our story with your friends!

See the Indiegogo Campaign Video


Band Members

Bernie Worrell – Keyboards - (Cherokee) A respected elder who has African American and Cherokee ancestry. He has played with countless musicians over the years, but most notably as the founding member of the legendary Parliament-Funkadelic. He has previously played with the Talking Heads and has released many solo records over the years.

Preston Singletary – Bass - (Tlingit) Singletary has become synonymous with the relationship between European glass blowing traditions and Northwest Native art. He is also involved with “A Little Big Band” a Native folk and soul band.

Captain Raab – Guitar - (Blackfoot) Raab has played in the band Red Earth, out of Albuquerque, which is a Native Funk rock band.

Clarissa Rizal –Vocals - (Tlingit) Rizal is a multi media artist and weaver who performs spoken word and can sing traditional Native songs. She has been essential in providing guidance in explaining the songs from a traditional context.

Gene Tagaban –Vocals - (Tlingit) Tagaban performs spoken word, traditional singing and storytelling, as well as playing flute. He is also an influential storyteller, trainer, speaker, mentor and performer within the community.

Skerik – Saxophone- An avant-garde sax player who plays in notable projects including Critters Buggin, Garage a Trois and NW supergroup Mad Season.

Stanton Moore – Drums - An accomplished drummer based out of New Orleans, and has played with a wide variety of musicians. Moore is also noted as the founding member of Galactic.

Nahaan –Vocals - (Tlingit) An up and coming Tlingit speaker who has been dedicating his time to learning the Tlingit language. He has been composing his own Tlingit songs and rhymes in Tlingit.

Randall Dunn - Producer, Audio Engineer - A highly respected producer who has worked with legendary jazz musicians such as John Zorn and Eyvind Kang.


Stay Connected & Share The Khu.éex' Story:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Koo.eex
Website: www.alittlebigband.com/#!khueex/c206u
Live performance video: https://vimeo.com/149459197

Contribute to the Indiegogo Campaign until April 1st , 2016: https://www.indiegogo.com/at/khueex

 

 

 

 

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