Almost Lost Arts: Traditional Crafts and the Artisans Keeping Them Alive


Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 6:00pm


Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Colorful fibers hanging with Almost Lost Arts across the image.

Free Discussion and Book Signing

Emily Freidenrich, Author and Journalist
Josh Luke and Meredith Kasabian, Founders, Best Dressed Signs

Margaret Shepherd, Calligrapher and Author

Narayan KhandekarDirector, Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, and Senior Conservation Scientist, Harvard Art Museums

What does it mean to be a maker, artist, or artisan in the twenty-first century? In her new book, Almost Lost Arts (Chronicle Books, 2019), Emily Freidenrich explores the work of twenty artisans from points worldwide who practice their craft using traditional techniques and analog technologies. Three Boston-based artists who specialize in calligraphy and handmade signs will engage in a conversation with Freidenrich and museum curator Narayan Khandekar to discuss the rewards and challenges of using slow, intentional processes in a fast-paced digital world, and to explore the significance of the human presence in objects or artwork.

Free admission, but seating is limited. Tickets will be distributed beginning at 5:30pm at the Broadway entrance. One ticket per person. Visit for parking and event details.


This event will be livestreamed on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC) Facebook page and the HMSC website. A recording of this program will be available on the HMSC Lecture Videos page approximately three weeks after the lecture.

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