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The MASSC Jewelry Challenge

Posted by Angelina Ciulik

The Metal Arts Society of Southern California invited its membership to enter into a jewelry challenge as an avenue to participate and push themselves. Each of the participants received identical kits with materials which in the end would be bent, hammered, stretched, soldered, riveted and morphed into the finished pieces. They were given a timeline of 6 weeks to complete and return the finished piece. Photos were taken of everybody’s pieces and a luncheon was held for the members to vote on their three favorite pieces. The event was very successful and I’m proud to say that my entry received honorable mention.

I take a lot of in progress photos so I’d like to show you how I went about creating my locket.

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Retracing my steps: Explorations in Fiber Sculpture at Arrowmont

Day 4 at Arrowmont

- blog post by Amber O'Harrow, 2014 Arrowmont / crafthaus Workshop Scholarship Recipient

Day 4 was an exciting day of gut experimentation.  We started by looking at and handling some of Pat Hickman’s work.

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Morgan Herrin - Carvings in 2 by 4s

Posted by Brigitte Martin on July 23, 2014 at 2:00am 0 Comments

Based in Richmond, Virginia artist Morgan Herrin transforms the most humble material—laminated construction grade 2x4s—into spectacularly detailed figurative sculptures. His choice of imagery is surreal: a noble 15th century knight melts into a network of…

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Midsummer

Posted by The Justified Sinner on July 21, 2014 at 6:48am 0 Comments

Brighton Beach Scene

As usual, I've relocated to the South Coast for the summer and have been doing very little to do with work. Since my last post, I've had my friend and fellow-jeweller,…

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Game Changers: Fiber Art Masters and Innovators

Posted by Brigitte Martin on July 14, 2014 at 9:30am 0 Comments

A rich feast of color radiating from a large, handwoven tapestry of alpaca wool; an elegant choker necklace delicately twined and forged with 18K and 22K gold; a cosmic quilt, woven from mylar and holographic film; a Whisker Organ made of real cat whiskers, which play lovely organ music…

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Hella Jongerius: Craftsmanship in Industrial Design

Posted by Brigitte Martin on July 13, 2014 at 3:30pm 1 Comment

Four Seasons

Year: 2007

Material: Porcelain, glaze, hand-painted decorations, fabric, embroidery

Dimensions: Various, highest point of jug: 26 cm

Commission: Nymphenburg, München

Production: Nymphenburg

Category: Unlimited…

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Daniel Agdag - Sketching with Cardboard

Posted by Brigitte Martin on July 11, 2014 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Daniel Agdag on sculpting with cardboard:

"It began as pure necessity. I had a small space to work in and it was a very convenient. I just needed a blade, a ruler, some cardboard and a cutting…

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Kevin Coates Video

Posted by The Justified Sinner on July 10, 2014 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

I'm on holiday just now and for the first time in years actually have a holiday to take with no classes to teach. It is quite a luxury and I'll be spending the next few weeks entertaining a metalsmith friend from the USA, Madelyn Smoak and there will definitely be blog posts about that. In the meantime,…

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Gillian Bates - Seascape Embroidery

Posted by Brigitte Martin on July 10, 2014 at 3:18pm 0 Comments

Gillian Bates is a UK-based textile artist who specializes in embroidery to capture memories of seaside Britain. Her work is done as if she’s drawing with needle and thread instead of a pen, as she makes her mark by using a freehand…

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Jeremy Mayer - Typewriter Assemblage

Posted by Brigitte Martin on July 10, 2014 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

I was born in Northern Minnesota in the US of A in the 1970's. I moved to Northern California in 1990. I have no formal art training.

I disassemble typewriters and then reassemble them into full-scale, anatomically correct human figures. I do not solder, weld, or glue these assemblages together-…

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The Barber and his Tools

Posted by Brigitte Martin on July 7, 2014 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

When you hear the word 'barber shop' and think of 4 men singing in close harmonies you are correct but still missing a large part of the story. The profession of barbering is actually quite old and much more interesting. Archeological studies indicate that some crude forms of…

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Rule the World!

Crafthaus Online Exhibition

RULE THE WORLD

Friends of Carlotta Gallery, Zuerich, Switzerland

What are the adornments of dictators, despots, and the plain delusional? What do they need in order to let their real personalities shine through? What tools do tyrants have to show that they are in charge? See for yourself!

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Grandpa Wooley

"LOOK", Brooch
Internet photocopy of Gerard Depardieu and Vladimir Putin,
Plexiglas, fabric, imitation leather, yarn, wood, silver brooch

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Holland Houdek

"Submammary Pectoral Plate (Side View)

Fabricated copper sheet, pierced, silicone breast implant, Swarovski crystals, bead-blasted, patina (2014)

Statement for 'Hyperbolic (Implants Series III)':
This series focuses on medical implants, the body, and embodied experience. These hand-fabricated objects glorify the highly individual and personal nature of prosthesis and surgeries, while evoking notions of memento mori and the fragile nature of the human form. Using real medical implants as inspiration, I have re-invented and exaggerated these devices for imagined bodies. The intention is for viewers to consider their own physicality and to visualize the absent anatomies implied by the work.

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