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Craftspeople - International

• Art Institute of Chicago

http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/artists

Lists the many thousands of artists, designers, craftspeople and photographers of all countries and periods whose work is included in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, with basic biographical information, i.e dates of birth and death and nationality, together with photographs of work by them in the collection.

• AKAR

http://www.akardesign.com/creators/artists.asp

A commercial site compiled by AKAR Gallary in Iowa City, Iowa. Contains profiles of modern craftspeople working in ceramics, fibre, glass, jewellery, metal, paper and wood. Includes photographs of their work.


Craftspeople - Women: International

• FemBio

http://www.fembio.org/english/biography.php/woman/notable-women

A well-structured, easy-to-use German-based database. It currently [2010] contains records on over 7,600 women working in all fields, countries and periods. Search in Occupation box for terms such as artist, designer, architect. Some of the entries are very comprehensive. See, for example, Ray Eames. Text is in English and German.


Craftspeople - Australia

Design & Art Australia Online

http://www.daao.org.au

Compiled by the DAAO based in at the College of Fine Arts in Paddiington, New South Wales. DAAO currently [2010] contains data on approximately 8,000 artists and designers who have worked, or are working, in all fields, media and periods in Australia.


Craftspeople - Canada

• Artists in Canada

http://www.artistsincanada.com/

Compiled by ArtistsinCanada.com based in Saskatoon, Sakatchewan. Contains profiles of in excess of 1,000 contemporary Canadian artists working in a wide range of media including ceramics, carving, crafts, folk art, graphic design, illustration, jewellery, painting, mixed media, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, and video art. Also includes a separate category of Aboriginal artists.

All artists can be searched by name, media type and province. Contains links to the artists' Web sites and examples of their work


• The Canadian Art Database: Artists File

http://www.ccca.ca/artists/index.html

Compiled by the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art/Centre de l'art contemporain canadien. Currently [2010] contains 44,838 images of images of work by 575 contemporary Canadian visual artists in all media including painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography, collage, mixed media, bookworks, audio-visual, film, performance work, conceptual work, and applied arts (fibre, ceramics, glass, metal, wood and furniture). Each entry usually contains the artist's CV.


• Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador

http://web.archive.org/web/20090826150023/http://www.craftcouncil.nl.ca/gallery/artist_list.asp

Compiled by the Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador (CCNL) in St. John's, Newfoundland. Contains profiles of over 90 members of the CCNL. The site also contains craft news, and details of exhibitions - past, current and forthcoming. The original page no longer exists, although the link was archived on the Wayback web archive which we've linked to above.


• First Nation and Maori Artists
 [Spirit Wrestler Gallery]

http://www.spiritwrestler.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=artist_index

Compiled by Spirit Wrestler Gallery in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Contains profiles of First Nation of North America and Maori artists working in all fields, with examples of their work.


• Native Artists

http://www.nativeonline.com/artists.html

Compiled by Native Online in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Contains biographies of contemporary First Nation artists in North America working in all fields, with links to their Web sites and examples of their work.


• Ontario Crafts Council - Portfolio of Makers

http://web.archive.org/web/20120518153749/http://craft.on.ca/index.php?a=Portfolio.portfolio_search_name

Compiled by the Ontario Crafts Council (OCC) in Toronto. Currently [2010] contains profiles of nearly 140 contemporary members of the OCC with examples of their work. The original page no longer exists, although the link was archived on the Wayback web archive which we've linked to above.

• Royal Canadian Academy of Arts / Académie Royale des Arts du Canada

http://web.archive.org/web/20131012024624/http://www.rca-arc.ca/en/about_members/since1880.asp

Contains profiles of the c.700 members of the RCA. Includes artists working in 20 visual arts disciplines including painting, sculpture, architecture, architecture, photography, craft, and filmmaking. The original page no longer exists, although the link was archived on the Wayback web archive which we've linked to above.


Crafts - Denmark

• Danish Crafts

http://web.archive.org/web/20081212013517/http://database.danishcrafts.dk/FMPro?-db=adr.fp6&-format=/webprofiler/profil_all_uk.html&-lay=kh_preview&-sortfield=adr_efternavn_fornavn&Adr_KH_Status=Ja&-max=25&-find=

Compiled by Danish Crafts, the Information Centre of Danish Crafts and Design. Currently [2010] contains profiles of 480 craftspeople in Denmark with examples of their work. The site also includes Danish craft news and details of details of exhibitions and events. The original page no longer exists, although the link was archived on the Wayback web archive which we've linked to above.


Craftspeople - Hungary

• Artportal.hu

http://artportal.hu/lexikon/muveszek/

Compiled by artportal.hu. Contains profiles of many thousands of Hungarian artists active in all media since c.1900. Text in Hungarian. Entries translate into English quite well using the Google translation service.


Craftspeople - Iceland

• UMM

http://english.umm.is/UMMenglish/Artists/

Compiled by UMM in Reykjavik, Iceland. Contains profiles of many hundreds, possibly thousands of contemporary artists working in all media in Iceland. [Text in English and Icelandic].


Craftspeople: Ireland

Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720-1940

http://www.dia.ie/

Compiled by The Irish Architectural Archive/Carltann Ailtireachta na hÉireann in Dublin. The Dictionary of Irish Architects contains biographical and bibliographical information on architects, builders and craftsmen born or working in Ireland during the period 1720 to 1940, and information on the buildings on which they worked. It was created and compiled by Ann Martha Rowan and currently contains over 5,200 entries
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Craftspeople - New Zealand

• Dictionary of New Zealand National Biography

http://www.dnzb.govt.nz/dnzb/

Contains over 3,000 biographies of deceased New Zealanders who have "made their mark" on the country, includes bookplate designers, calligraphers, cartoonists, carvers, commercial artists, craftsmen and craftswomen, embroiders, engravers, fabric printers, film-makers, graphic designers, illustrators, jewellery designers, painters [listed as artists], photographers, potters, scenic artists, sculptors, silversmiths, spinners, stained glass artists, stamp, coin and medal designers, tapestry makers, typographers, war artists, weavers


• First Nation and Maori Artists

http://www.spiritwrestler.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=artist_index

Compiled by Spirit Wrestler Gallery in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Contains profiles of First Nation of North America and Maori artists working in all fields, with examples of their work


Craftspeople - UK

• Art Workers Guild - Current Members

http://www.artworkersguild.org/members/

Contains contact details, e.g. links to Web sites of current members of the Art Workers Guild in London, listed by specialism, e.g. architect, archivist, art historian, blacksmith, bookbinder, calligrapher, cartoonist, decorative artist, design historian, filmmaker, furniture designer, glass artist, graphic designer, illustrator, interior designer, jewellery designer, landscape architect, medalist, mural artist, painter, potter, quiltmaker, sculptor, stained glass artist, television designer, typographer, weaver and wood engraver.


• Art Workers Guild - Past Members

http://www.artworkersguild.org/downloads/AWGpastm.pdf

Past members Art Workers Guild in London 1884-1984, listed by specialism [see above]. Contains details of when they were a member and their dates.


• Commission a Craftsman

http://www.commissionacraftsman.com/search.asp?type=people

Compiled by Commission a Craftsman, a London-based crafts agency. Currently [2010] contains profiles of over 120 contemporary craftspeople with examples of their work. You can search the site by name and discipline. Commission a Craftsman also issue a regular newsletter.

• craftscotland Maker Directory

http://web.archive.org/web/20110903075239/http://www.craftscotland.org/Maker%20Directory/Crafts-Makers-AtoZ.html

Compiled by craftscotland, based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Contains profiles of over 1,300 contemporary Scottish craftspeople with examples of their work. The site also contains Scottish craft news, and details of exhibitions. The original page no longer exists, although the link was archived on the Wayback web archive which we've linked to above.


• Crafts Study Centre

http://www.csc.ucreative.ac.uk/index.cfm?articleid=3899

The Web site of the Craft Study Centre at the University of the Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey, England. Contains biographical information on numerous UK craftspeople with examples of the work and archival data.


• Crafts Council

http://www.photostore.org.uk/seSIMP.aspx?TYPE=MAKER

An index of over, 1,000 UK makers included in the collection of the Crafts Council in London, England. Contains résumés of varying lengths of each of the maker, together with photographs of their work.


• Society of Designer Craftsmen

http://www.societyofdesignercraftsmen.org.uk/members.php?c=members

A list of members of the Society of Designer Craftsmen [prior to 1960 known as the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society] with is some cases examples of their work and links to their web site.


Craftspeople - USA

• Artists Research Group Oral History Project

http://artistsresearchgroup.com/interviews.php

The project was initiated in 1988 by Hunter College in New York and focuses on artists and crafts people associated with the New York School. The transcripts of 20 interviews undertaken for the project are available on-line.


• First Nation and Maori Artists

http://www.spiritwrestler.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=artist_index

Compiled by Spirit Wrestler Gallery in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Contains profiles of First Nation of North America and Maori artists working in all fields, with examples of their work.


• Iowa Women Artists Oral History Project

http://www.lucidplanet.com/iwa/Artists.htm

The Iowa Women Artists Project records and preserves the voices of women artists in Iowa reflecting on their lives and their artwork. Artists working in all media are included. Each entry contains a biographical sketch, photographs of their work, a statement by the artist, and audio clips.


• Museum of Arts and Design, New York

http://collections.madmuseum.org/code/emuseum.asp?style=browse&currentrecord=1&page=index

A catalogue of the crafts collection of the American Craft Council's Museum of Arts and Design [formerly the American Craft Museum] in New York City. Contains biographical information on many of the craftspeople, together with photographs of their work.


• Native Artists

http://www.nativeonline.com/artists.html

Compiled by Native Online in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Contains biographies of contemporary First Nation artists in North America working in all fields, with links to their Web sites and examples of their work.


• Smithsonian American Art Museum

http://americanart.si.edu/collections/search/artist/results/?q=65

Contains basic biographical information about the many thousands of painters, sculptors and craftspeople whose work is included in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.


• Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art Oral History Project.

http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/oralhistories/

The Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art Oral History Project originated in 1958 and now includes interviews with many hundreds if not thousands of US artists, designers, craftspeople, photographers, arts administrators and educators. Transcripts of many of these interviews are now available online.


• The White House Collection of American Crafts

http://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/online/whc/whc-noframe.html?/exhibitions/online/whc/

Assembled in 1993, the White House Collection of American crafts, features 72 works by 77 of America's leading craft artists working n ceramics, fibre, glass, metal, and wood, today, each of whom are profiled. The 72 objects in the collection have been installed in various locations throughout the White House in Washington, DC.

• Vermont Crafts Council

http://www.vermontcrafts.com/index.html

Compiled by the Vermont Crafts Council in Montpelier, Vermont. The craftspeople, studios and workshops are listed by media with examples of their work and links to their Web sites. The site contains craft news and details of current and forthcoming craft exhibitions events in the state.


Craftspeople - Women: USA

• Iowa Women Artists Oral History Project

http://www.lucidplanet.com/iwa/Artists.htm

The Iowa Women Artists Project records and preserves the voices of women artists in Iowa reflecting on their lives and their artwork. Artists working in all media are included. Each entry contains a biographical sketch, photographs of their work, a statement by the artist, and audio clips.


Craftspeople - USA - Maryland

• Maryland ArtSource

http://web.archive.org/web/20041021094411/http://marylandartsource.net/index.html

Compiled by Maryland ArtSource/The Baltimore Art Research & Outreach Consortium. Contains profiles of individuals who have made a significant contribution to the cultural history of the State of Maryland. Artists can be viewed by medium/discipline and name. The categories include Architecture, Crafts, Decorative Arts, Design, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, and Works on Paper.