- Carol Sedestrom Ross worked tirelessly to support the American craft movement. Credit: George Little Management.
The craft community lost one of its biggest champions when arts advocate, teacher, consultant and author Carol Sedestrom Ross died unexpectedly June 14 of a heart attack. “Carol was the mover and shaker in the craft field,” says Josh Simpson, who co-founded CERF+ with her in 1985. Ross was well known for her work as director of craft marketing at George Little Management, where she developed the Handmade division at the New York International Gift Fair. In 1975, she founded American Craft Enterprises. She also served as the senior vice president of its parent organization, the American Craft Council. Over the course of her career, Ross worked as a craft consultant, served as a juror for numerous craft events and helped the Craft Organization Development Association (CODA) develop its first survey to measure the economic impact of crafts on the national economy.
Justine K. Vaughn of Justine Artwear died of liver cancer at a hospital in Libertyville, Ill., July 20. She was 59. Vaughn was a dedicated fiber artist who emphasized color in her hand-dyed vests, tops, jackets and scarves. “Color plays a dominant role in life,” she said. “Justine Artwear is clothing that captures the fluency of color and the essence of imagination.” Vaughn was a longtime exhibitor—and perennial favorite—at the Buyers Market of American Craft, which is produced by The Rosen Group, NICHE magazine’s parent company.