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R & Company invites makers from around the country to showcase their hands-on talent

New York gallery R & Company recently opened Objects USA 2020, an ambitious exhibition that revisits a landmark, historic exhibition of American studio craft, which was originally mounted back in 1969. For the new exhibition, the gallery is presenting 50 objects by makers from the first exhibition alongside 50 objects from contemporary makers. Think Wendell Castle and Sheila Hicks in conversation with Katie Stout, the Haas Brothers, and Roberto Lugo.

Earthenware Vessels by Doyle Lane (1960s-70s). Photo © Joe Kramm; courtesy of R & Company

To accompany Objects USA 2020, Zesty Meyers, founder of R & Company, has developed a wonderfully inclusive social media initiative called #WithOurHands. Makers from across the country, both known and unknown, are invited to upload 15-second videos that showcase “their hands in action.” In other words, each video captures an American maker in the act of making, using artisanal processes.

Charmed by the project, we connected with Meyers to learn more. Here’s the video of our conversation.

Enjoy a virtual tour of Objects USA 2020 in the Design Miami/ Shop here.

To check out the delightful #WithOurHands submissions, head to @objects_usa on both Instagram and TikTok.

Submit your video to #WithOurHands! Left: video by Andi Kovel. Right: video by Ebitenyefa Baralaye. Courtesy of R & Company

Joyce Lin's #withourhands video has garnered over 2 million views on TikTok. Courtesy of R & Company