The IFAM Virtual One World Gala & Auction features handpicked items from private collections, unique, one-of-a-kind pieces from Market artists, and one-of-a-kind experiences. The auction will open at 7 a.m. MDT on Wednesday, July 8th, and remain open through 9:30 p.m. MDT on Friday, July 10th. A full preview of all items and experiences will be available on Sunday, July 5th at 12:00 pm (MDT).
Please see the schedule below. Our presentations will be streaming for free on this page unless otherwise noted. Be sure to register for the Gala and Auction. It’s Fast, Easy, and Free!
Sunday, July 5, 12:00 pm (MDT)
Auction Preview Goes Live. Click here.
Artist Keynote Talk: Anita Reddy, India
The not-for-profit and artisan-owned Society DWARAKA PLUS (Development of Weavers and Rural Artisans in Kalamkari Art) was founded in 1998 by Anita Reddy along with her father Dwaraknath Reddy to revive the dying hand-painted art form of kalamkari, build a sustainable platform for the artisan communities and empower women with livelihood programs along with rejuvenating the entire region (Srikalahasti of Andhra Pradesh, South India) DWARAKA PLUS’s artists are experts in the ancient traditional form of Kalamkari, a medium native to both Iran and India by which fabric is painted entirely by hand. Free
The Future is Handmade Fundraiser with Li Edelkoort, Philip Fimmano, & Keith Recker
Join us for an inspiring webinar and fundraiser for the International Folk Art Market. Hosted by IFAM board member Philip Fimmano and IFAM’s creative director Keith Recker, this webinar will tell the stories of several artisans from around the world. Li Edelkoort, 2017 IFAM Honorary Chair, will join the panel to share her vision of how contemporary design can be inspired by the emotion and magic of craft; before presenting her 2020 forecast for fashion and textiles in an inspiring 30-minute audiovisual that celebrates humanity’s cultural connections.
Streaming and viewing details for the Future is Handmade will be forwarded through email confirmation after registration. Trend Union is producing the event and will provide the link. Tickets are $25 (100% supports IFAM). Here is the link to register: www.edelkoort.us
Wednesday, July 8, 12:00 pm (MDT)
Artist Talk: Porfirio Gutierrez, Mexico, The Importance of Innovation in Folk Art
Porfirio Gutiérrez is a proud descendant of many generations of Zapotec weavers from Teotitlán del Valle in Oaxaca, Mexico. At age 12, His father, who was already a master weaver, saw his potential and took every opportunity to help him develop and refine his artistic skills as a weaver. Stories told by his elders about cultural rituals, ceremonies, and the Zapotec way of life in the past, have influenced his personal expression through art. His work has now been shown in eight countries on four continents. While primarily an artist, Gutiérrez also lectures on Zapotec weaving and natural dyes at universities, arts foundations, and museums. Free
****Online Auction Opens at 7:00 am (MDT)
Thursday, July 9, 12:00 pm (MDT)
Folk Art Matters Presentation: Craft Informs Design: A Conversation with Peter Speliopoulos and Paul Andrew
As part of the International Folk Art Market “Virtual One World” event, Lauren Lancy from THE KINDCRAFT will moderate a conversation with Peter Speliopoulos and Paul Andrew on July 9th about the importance of folk art and how craft has informed their design processes throughout their careers. Peter Speliopoulos is a multidisciplinary artist creating ceramics and home objects for Peter Speliopoulos Projects which is based in New York. His influences are founded in his experience as a fashion designer, creative director, and costume designer for opera and dance. Paul Andrew is an English fashion designer who designed alongside iconic fashion designers before launching his eponymous footwear line. He is now the Creative Director at Salvatore Ferragamo and lives between Florence, Italy and New York City. Free
***Online Auction Continues
Friday, July 10, 12:00 pm (MDT)
Artist Talk: Rashmi Bharti, India, Avani Earthcraft
The Economics of Happiness, Self Reliance, and Sustainability
Avani Earthcraft was founded in 1997 by Rashmi Bharti. For over 20 years, Avani has revived traditional textiles, many from the Shauka community, a nomadic group known for thulma— semi-felted woolen blankets — and chukta, a type of rug. Today, Avani Earthcraft works hard to preserve these and other traditional styles while introducing new, economically, and environmentally responsible products, as well as harvesting natural dyes from local plants. Avani Earthcraft’s careful production processes use only clean energy and organically sourced material. Free
Friday, July 10, 7:00 pm (MDT)
IFAM Virtual One World Gala Presentation
Join IFAM for a special video presentation featuring artists from around the world and other special guests. Nothing can replace the magic of our Friday Night Opening Party, but we hope that you will join us in your best “Folk-Art-Fancy” clothing and accessories as we celebrate IFAM together. Register Here for the Auction and Gala
***Online Auction Continues until 9:30 pm (MDT)
What was born out of Santa Fe as a small grassroots organization focused on one event a year has grown into a nonprofit empowering international folk artist year-round. IFAM continually improves and expands its programs to meet the challenges that folk artists are facing in the global marketplace.
Since 2004, the International Folk Art Market, Santa Fe, has hosted more than 1000 master folk artists from 100 countries in the world’s largest exhibition and sale of works by master folk artists. Artist earnings have exceeded $34 million and impacted more than one million lives in the communities they represent. Our Mentor to Market Education Programs (M2M) provides important business and marketing skill-building workshops, peer-to-peer learning, and long-term support for folk artists.
Where IFAM Santa Fe provides a place for all of us to gather, learn, celebrate our shared humanity, and appreciate what brings us together once a year, Folk Art Matters, a series of lectures, films, artist workshops, and special sales events, is a way to invite audiences year-round to experience the deep cultural impulses that shape IFAM and inform the creation of folk art from around the world.
Ultimately, IFAM offers folk artists a respected place in the global marketplace to gather and share their handmade traditions and to create economic, social, and individual empowerment. Allied with the world’s master folk artists, your support of IFAM results in communities around the world having clean drinking water, education for girls, improved health care, and thriving folk art traditions.