Extreme Craft Roadshow comes to Omaha Tuesday

Garth Johnson / ExtremeCraft.com

Garth Johnson is a ceramic artist, educator and writer. And of particular interest to readers of this blog, he is also the author of 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse: Remake, Restyle, Recycle, Renew, a collection of exciting and inventive work created from existing materials.

He will be bringing The Extreme Craft Roadshow will be at Peerless Gallery on Tuesday, June 12, to share some of the highlights of artists he has written about for the past seven years at his website, ExtremeCraft.com.

The Extreme Craft Roadshow is a slide presentation showing some of the “greatest hits” of the website that aims to change the way you think about art and craft. You’ll see a giant pink bunny on a Swiss mountaintop, exciting works of prison craft, knitted graffiti and much much more. You’ll find out about the risks that Polish grannies face just for practicing their craft. You’ll learn how craft can be used as a weapon to combat Nigerian email scammers, and you’ll even find out how craft can save the lives of Tasmanian penguins.

Craft means different things to different people—it’s about tradition, materials, hands, hearts and stories. Craft is an incredible Trojan horse that can be used to sneak ideas and concepts into objects that will shatter the expectations of the viewer. The Extreme Craft Roadshow will expose you to craft that is by turns witty, mind-blowing, provocative, rude, and of course…extreme.

The lecture is at Peerless Gallery in Midtown Crossing, 3157 Farnam St, Ste. 7108. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the lecture at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.