B.A. Harrington received
her traditional training in cabinet and furniture making at the North Bennet
Street School in Boston. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in wood, and a
master’s degree in Art History from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and is
currently assistant professor of Art and director of the Wood Center at Indiana
University of Pennsylvania.
Harrington’s practice involves intensive object
studies that regard historical furniture from her ancestral and vocational
lineage. Focusing on iconic early American forms made specifically for women,
she reclaims the furniture from the world of male production where it receives
much of its scholarly attention, to consider the objects in the historically
feminine, domestic world of their use.
Her essay on early New England Hadley chests was published in 2013 in a
collected volume on Women and the Material Culture of Death.
Her most recent
research interests explore a dialogue between new discoveries in cognitive
science and traditional craft practices. This investigation considers the
embodied knowledge associated with the acquisition of material-specific craft
skills, with the intent of developing new craft curriculum based in scientific
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