Instill - Material Matters 2014 - The School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University, UK

INSTILL- material matters offers an opportunity to experience the recent works by MA postgraduates from The School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University, one of the most important and internationally renowned contemporary jewelry programs in Europe.

Professor Jivan Astfalck, PhD:
Jivan Astfalck is a visual artist, jeweller and academic. Born in Berlin, where she was trained as a goldsmith, she has been living in London for more than 20 years. She obtained her MA in the History and Theory of Modern Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design and her PhD in Fine Art at the University of the Arts London. Dr Astfalck is Professor at the Faculty of the Arts, Design & Media (ADM), Birmingham City University (BCU) and combines her studio practice, which she exhibits internationally, with teaching as the MA Course Director for Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Product. In 2013 she became Director of the new Research Centre for Creative Making: S.T.U.F.F. (Sensuous Technologies Underpinning Fabulous Futures).

View the crafthaus online exhibition INSTILL - material matters 2014.

Crafthaus has been privileged to show work from the graduating jewelry classes of the Birmingham City University for the past 5 years in a row. Thank you Professor Astfalck for this wonderful opportunity!

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Deadline for the Spring, 2015:  November 3, 2014.

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1) The art work MUST in some way…

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Call: The 39th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show

Posted by Brigitte Martin on September 24, 2014 at 11:30am 0 Comments

The 2015 Show application process will open on December 4, 2014.  Deadline to apply to the 2015 Show is April 1, 2015 (late deadline: April 13, 2015, $25 late fee).

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The 39th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft…

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A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

Arriving at this message is the goal of this traveling exhibition opening at the SNAG conference in Boston 2015, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA - Aug 19 - Sept 20, 2015, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX - Oct 16 - Nov 15, 2015, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD - Dec 11, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2016.

DETAILS on exhibition premise, call for artists, submission guidelines.....

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Brigitte Martin commented on Jivan Astfalck's group Instill - Material Matters 2014
"Thank you, Ann. I cannot take credit for this show though. Professor Astfalck and her students put this up, not me. I'm sure they're happy to hear you find the work interesting! Thanks."
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Ann Davis commented on Jivan Astfalck's group Instill - Material Matters 2014
"Wow, that was a fun show, so diverse!  I'm going to have to come back when I have more time and read all the words, the ones I did read were so thoughtful! Thanks for putting this up and making us aware of it Brigitte!!"
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Since my last post, I've been on the south coast of England, variously in London, Folkestone and Brighton. What should have been a very relaxing weekend proved to be anything but, albeit in a good way. Very good, in fact, as it kicked off with seeing Kate Bush perform her "Before The Dawn" concert at the Hammersmith Apollo.…See More
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Instill - Material Matters 2014

  INSTILL-material matters “The year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning, but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.”  Hal Borland The School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University presents the thesis work by students of the MA in Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products course. The show celebrates the achievements of a group of exceptionally diverse individuals, with each piece on display offering an unexpected adventure through material that…See More
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Brigitte Martin commented on Jivan Astfalck's group Instill - Material Matters 2014
"Thank you for sharing your thoughts and reaction, Lieta! "
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Lieta Marziali commented on Jivan Astfalck's group Instill - Material Matters 2014
"Thanks for the invitation Brigitte! A very interesting show. My gut reaction was to first respond to the work of Tsai Chia-Ju (Sora). I started learning English from the age of 4 while growing up in Italy, and I was fully bilingual by the time…"
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Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making! Arriving at this message is the goal of this exhibition cooperatively arranged by Rachel Timmins and Brigitte Martin.Please join this group to stay informed !! This is the official exhibition blog.See More
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