Wharton Esherick: Founder of the American Studio Furniture Movement
November 10, 2018
Mark Sfirri, an internationally renowned artist, sculptor, teacher and one of the foremost wood turners in the world, has been studying and researching Wharton Esherick since 2006. Sfirri has authored eighteen articles on history, design, and technique for a variety of craft publications and authored six articles on Esherick for Woodwork and Journal of Modern Craft. In this lecture, Mark discussed Esherick's journey from painting, to printmaking, to graphic design, and eventually sculpture and furniture, where he made his biggest mark.
Wharton Esherick (1887 – 1970) was an internationally significant figure in the landscape of art history and American modern design. As a sculptor, Esherick worked primarily in wood and extended his unique forms to furniture, furnishings, interiors, buildings, and more. Now recognized as the leader of the Studio Furniture Movement, Esherick saw himself as an artist, not a craftsman, and his concern was with form, not technique. He pursued his artistic vision in forms that might turn to furniture or other sculptural furnishings.
The Raymond Farm- Its Architecture, Landscape, and Dream
October 27, 2018
In 1938, with the outbreak of war in Asia, Antonin and Noémi Raymond returned to the United States after eighteen years of practice of architecture and design in Japan.
They purchased a farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with the dream to establish a home studio/design atelier— the New Hope Experiment. They renovated and added to the18th Century Quaker farmhouse, executed in the style the Raymonds had synthesized while in Japan — a crafted modern wooden interior within a colonial stone structure.
Raymond’s renovations seem so direct and effortless that one may not notice how challenging it is to create such a simple and compelling work. How did the Raymond’s create such harmony between Japanese and Western proportional systems? How did the Raymonds adjust the design principles and materials they utilized in Japan to accommodate western scaled rooms? Scholar in Residence, Maki Utsunomiya,studied the structural adjustments and design interventions that Antonin and Noémi made at the Raymond Farm, the spatial and sensual effects they create, and how they reflect Raymonds' philosophy of living in harmony with nature. With her background in horticulture as well as architecture, Ms. Utsunomiya mapped the farm’s natural vegetation to better understand the intimate relationship between the site, the environment, and the Farmhouse.
Woodblock Printmaking Workshop
September 15, 2018
The workshop led by artist Ananda Connolly, guided participants through the basics of relief printing. Participants started with designing and drawing an image, continued by transferring the image to the wood block, and finally printing their own miniature edition. Special attention was placed on paper type and selection, equipment use, and hand printing.
Materials included shina or birchwood blocks, water based inks, and Japanese wood cutting tools.
Lecture- The New Hope Experiment: An Investigation and Conservation Plan for the Antonin and Noémi Raymond Farm
September 1, 2018
The farmhouse at the Raymond Farm Center for Living Arts and Design was the topic of a Spring 2018 University of Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Master's thesis entitled The New Hope Experiment: An Investigation and Conservation Plan for the Antonin and Noémi Raymond Farm by Sara Gdula. This work has resulted in a comprehensive building chronology from the 1730s through the Raymond period, as well as an initial material condition assessment that can be used in future preservation planning. Sara discussed methods of investigation for this project, including an inspection of construction history, archival research, mortar analysis, infrared thermography, environmental monitoring, and analysis of the site's fasteners, hardware, and mouldings.
Summer Indigo Dyeing with Sayaka Toyama
August 25, 2018
Featuring instructor Sayaka Toyama from Curious Corners located in New York City, this workshop taught participants basic shibori (tie-dye) and itajime (wood-clamping) pattern making using Yamato Indigo, a natural-blend dye from Japan.
Instructor Toyama demonstrated different ways our newly created furoshiki could be used to wrap gifts, books, wine bottles, and more.
August 18, 2018
In partnership with the Bucks County Audubon Society, Diane Smith, Director of Education at BCAS, led a bird walk for all ages at the Raymond Farm Center. Since joining BCAS in 2004 as a volunteer, Diane has led countless bird walks, taught Beginning Birding at the Bucks County Community College and enjoys few things more than bringing the joy of birds to new enthusiasts. Visitors walked slowly and quietly through various habitats in search of our summer resident birds.
Yusuke Kamata: Recent Works
August 4, 2018
Welcoming our 2018 Summer Artist in Residence:
Yusuke Kamata’s recent artworks are based on his research of Japanese-Style Houses, which have been built around the world over the past century-and-a-half for several diverse reasons. His works consist of documentary videos and installation art pieces. Kamata is in the United States to study the work and history of Antonin and Noémi Pernessin Raymond, and their protégé, Junzo Yoshimura.
Born in 1984 in Kanagawa, Japan, Yusuke Kamata, graduated with a Master in Fine Arts in Inter-Media Art from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2013. His works have shown at several exhibitions such as “How Little You Know About Me” (2018), National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, “Windowology” (2017) , Spiral Garden, Tokyo, Japan, “Kaetemiru–Time For A Change” (2016), Aomori Contemporary Art Centre. His work exposes the distortion inherent in architecture and its history, and is built upon extensive research into the connections between war, the energy industry and modern history of Japan.
Sustaining Self/Practicing Interconnectedness Open Air Yoga Workshop
August 4, 2018
Yoga + Meditation Workshop with Elizabeth Fullen with acoustic music provided by Kyle Sparkman
Participants joined Liz Fullen for a two-hour open-air yoga workshop, that left them feeling reset and refilled. Following the yoga session, Liz guided the class through a gentle and grounding meditation practice.
Liz Fullen is a trained yoga and meditation instructor. She has studied and practiced yoga for over 10 years and has been teaching for five. She instructs the foundational practices of yoga that help us to gain self-mastery.
Sheltering Millions: Refugee Architecture and Urbanism
July 21, 2018
Expelled from home by war, persecution, failed governance or natural disaster, refugees flee toward safety with few possessions and little protection from the elements. What types of shelters and camps protect the world’s sixty-plus million refugees, where, and with what provisions for their individual, communal, and often long-term needs? Moderated by Joshua Lessard, this presentation explored past and existing refugee shelters and camp environments from a design perspective, and ideas for improved prospects.
The presenters are professors emeriti of architecture, Brooke Harrington of Temple University and Judith Bing of Drexel University, in Philadelphia. Currently they are both Center Associates at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, and Visiting Scholars at the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT, in Cambridge. They live in Cushing, ME.
Drawing From Nature/ Field Drawing at the Raymond Farm
July 14, 2018
Inspired by the nature around us and visitors spent a lovely summer afternoon sketching outside the Raymond Farm Center. Guests enjoyed the beauty of the farm house, its surrounding pond, unique barn, vibrant trees, and roaming chickens. Special thanks to the Philadelphia Sketch Club for coming out and sharing your wonderful sketches.
Artist Nura Petrov Workshop: Kinetic Memory & Walks as Art
July 7, 2018
Participants in Nura’s workshop had the opportunity to investigate drawing as a means of recording experience and invoking kinetic memory. Instead of relying on traditional pictorial illusion, lines and shapes realized in the process of going for a walk will become the substance of the work. The resulting charts/diagrams of individual experiences were superimposed on each other to create a communal art work, each thread gaining importance as it relates to the whole, becoming in the process a visual object beyond the walk itself.
Nura Petrov: Ideas and Images in Conceptual Art: Utamaro Revisited
After the house tour, Nura presented a slideshow of original paintings and sculptures whose theme is a revisit to Utamaro’s work. Kigawa Utamaro was an 18th century Japanese artist whose woodcut prints were a source of inspiration to many western artists including Toulouse Lautrec and Mary Cassatt
DETAILS, details: Residential Architecture Assembled/the Prose and Poetry of Construction
June 30, 2018
A one-day symposium on the history, theory, and evolution of modern residential architectural detailing, from the early 20th century to contemporary architecture today. In Celebration of the 80th Anniversary of the Publication of Antonin and Noémi Raymond’s Architectural Details (1938)
Speakers & Topics
Edward R. Ford: Intolerance: Craft in the Age of Digital Perfection
Ken Tadashi Oshima: Culture, Climate & Craft in Antonin Raymond’s Architectural Details
Michael Cadwell, FAIA: Strange Details: Carlo Scarpa, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe & Louis Kahn
Christian Schittich: Contemporary Details: Europe + Asia
Simon Tickell: Moderator Panel Discussion & Q & A: the Prose & Poetry of Construction
Crafting Makgeolli: An Introduction to Korean Rice Wine
June 16, 2018
Brian Romasky introduced guests to the world of home brew makgeolli, a Korean "rice wine." After an informative lecture about the history and culture of the drink, Brian walked guests through the process to make their very own batch to take home. Guests were then invited to a tasting to compare home made makgeolli versus a commercial product.
The Art of Japanese Flower Arranging : Mother’s Day Ikebana
May 12, 2018
This workshop, led by Ikebana Master Junko Miura introduced guests to the history of ikebana - the art of Japanese flower arranging. She demonstrated basic cutting and arrangement techniques focusing on Moribana style. Guests then created their own arrangements using seasonal dogwood branches and peonies.
The Art (& Science) of Structural Engineering with Alex Stadel, PE
November 4, 2017
This lecture for provided an overview of the engineering fields and explored how understanding materials, forces, and forms can lead to innovative engineering solutions. Alex Stadel is a licensed professional structural engineer for Keast & Hood Structural Engineers in Philadelphia, PA
Fall Color : Painting from Nature
October 21, 2027
Local Plien Air artist Jane Ramsey led an afternoon full of paints, pastels, color pencils and plenty of inspiration from the Bucks County fall foliage.
First Annual Fall Soirée
October 7, 2017
Guests enjoyed a beautiful evening in the Raymond Farm House. The event commenced with a VIP tour of the Raymond Farm Center, which included a talk by our Artist in Residence, Mirimam Carpenter, and featured live french jazz by the Hot Club of Philadelphia, delicious small plates prepared by Chadd Jenkins, formerly of Little Fish in Philadelphia, and a silent auction, which included a Stool by Nakashima Woodworkers, original pieces by Miriam carpenter, Jane Ramsey's Water Color of the Raymond Barn, along with books, gift certificates to local businesses, and museum experiences.
September 30-October 1
The Bucks County Audubon Society's annual Art of Barn Tour featured the 18th century barn on the Raymond Farm. The public was encouraged to explore the Raymond Property and Farmhouse.
Painting by Jane Ramsey