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Fine Arts Faculty Afghanistan Carpet Project in Architectural Digest

Afghan carpet weaving project
Architectural Digest features Afghanistan carpet weaving project by Fine Arts Department Chair Meg Cranston and faculty member Liz Craft.

Common Cause

An extraordinary collaboration between American artists and Afghan weavers highlights the universal virtues of craftsmanship and creativity.
Los Angeles artist Meg Cranston wasn’t sure what to expect when she signed on for a visit to Afghanistan last year. “My first impression of Kabul was that there were a lot of guns,” she says. “But then I saw a functioning city, with beautifully dressed people doing normal things.” That juxtaposition of conflict and quotidian rituals symbolizes the crossroads now facing the Afghan people as they try to move beyond the long succession of wars that has ravaged their society. 
Joining Cranston on the trip were five other artists - Lisa Anne Auerbach, Liz Craft, Francesca Gabbiani, Jennifer Guidi, and Toba Khedoori - all from L.A. They’d flown in to meet with carpet weavers as part of a project initiated by AfghanMade, a nonprofit dedicated to revitalizing the country’s traditional industries and facilitating exports. A year earlier, the organization’s CEO, Lisa Sanchez, had reached out to Matthew Bourne, the London-based business partner of contemporary-carpet guru Christopher Farr, hoping to enlist their company as a high-profile collaborator in a venture that would spotlight the artistry of Afghan weavers. Read more here.