The Arts & Crafts Research Studio is an interdisciplinary art, craft and design studio. It is a platform for creative research, and collaborative integrated art, design and craft projects. Founded by Andrew Cornell Robinson with creative partners Sigfrido Holguin, and Fred Frelinghuysen, and a rotating group of visiting artists, designers and collaborators.
ACRSTUDIO works with a diverse group of practitioners with a common interest in making work that explores craft materials, and narratives about people, places and things found in lived experiences. Founded in 1994, the studio serves as a platform to support art projects, and our research interests. We are artists, designers, musicians, historians, writers, technologists, teachers, gardeners, curators, cooks and farmers with a common interest in creating platforms for exchange of shared experiences and creative ideas.
We collaborate in the spirit of open inquiry through integrated approaches to art, craft, and design. We use various media to create work that has the potential to open new methods of making and things. We are interested in notions of transformation through revising our assumptions about history, identity, voice and value. Through an open inquiry and revisionist approach to research and making, new narratives emerge that inform the elements and principles of form, concept and craft. Our work often provides a playful collection of tools, images and artifacts for makers and our audiences to engage with objects, images and stories that invite dialogue and empathy.
ACRSTUDIO has created projects in conjunction with the Sheila Johnson Design Center, The Ross Museum of Art, the Bruce Museum, the United Kingdom’s Craft Council in London, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Clemente, Artists Equity, Parsons School of Design, the Agastya Foundation, in India, and Urban Zen D.O.T. in Haiti.