Co:Operation GARNISH

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.

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An exhibition traveling to the following locations: 

  • Pop-Up during SNAG Conference, Boston - May 20-23, 2015 (details to follow)
  • Crafthaus, online exhibition (excerpts) - June 15 - July 15, 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 28, 2016
  • Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2016
  • New: April 1 to June 25, 2016 @ Thomas Mann's I/O Gallery, New Orleans

Additional venues currently under deliberation.


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. Each side considers itself superior to the other, seemingly not appreciating the clear advantages, benefits, and experiences each faction brings to the table. Quoting from Damian Skinner’s 2013 SNAG keynote lecture in Toronto:    

    We are all family. Sometimes, family members don’t speak with each other, but we still are one big family. Let’s recognize this fact.

      Can our field overcome family division and send a much-needed signal to the metals + jewelry community?

      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.

      Call for Artists (detail information)

      Entry Form & Checklist (includes downloadable pdf form)

      Deadline for submission entry: Feb 15, 2015
      (via DropBox to )

      Discussion Forum

      A Fresh Start

      Started by ROY Jan 3. 0 Replies

      Mindy Eshelman, a Hollywood Costume Designer and I, a metal artist, have been working on a collaborative "art garnish" since August.It has been a humorous way to rekindle an old friendship.The project has mutated many times, at the chopping block for months and, finally,I think the work is coming together!Never finished or editing:We are still brainstorming through texts, studio hook-ups and meeting at a local coffee shop.Continue

      Tags: #mindyeshelman

      Sean + Melissa, the continuing tale!

      Started by Melissa Cameron Dec 18, 2014. 0 Replies

      As I sizzled in the last post; the Co:operation Garnish experiment between Melissa + Sean Macmillan has already netted 2 neckpieces, in stainless steel and vitreous enamel with titanium hinge pins. These are the test pieces - a sort of proof of concept. The actual part that will allow Sean to work his magic was sent to the laser cutter earlier today.…Continue

      Tags: lead-ins, drop-outs, cutting, Australia, Slippery

      Step two - laser cut tests

      Started by Melissa Cameron Dec 12, 2014. 0 Replies

      So we began this project a little while ago now, and the last post left off when I was just at the point of deciding; "At what size/scale should the finished pattern be?"Cut to a few months later, and here are some images of the sample squares of pattern that I’ve had cut, checked out and then sent off to Sean to play…Continue

      Tags: lead-ins, drop-outs, cutting, Australia, Slippery

      On the power of collaboration - CoOp Garnish Interviewed on Klimt02

      Started by Brigitte Martin Nov 11, 2014. 0 Replies

      Co:operation Garnish - an interview with Rachel Timmins and Brigitte Martin on the power of collaboration.Editor: Sanna Svedestedt…Continue

      Tags: Garnish, CoOp, Klimt02, Sanna, Svedestedt


      Started by Melissa Cameron Oct 8, 2014. 0 Replies

      Well I've given one half of the game away, just by adding this post! So Sean Macmillan got in contact with me, over a month ago now, to see if I would be interested in collaborating with him for this exhibition, Co:operation GARNISH. After…Continue

      Tags: Macmillan, sculpture, jewellery, Sean, Cameron

      The Beginning of Our Collaboration

      Started by rachel timmins. Last reply by Roxy Lentz Oct 6, 2014. 1 Reply

      In the midst of Brigitte and I meeting via Skype to discuss this exhibition and all of the nuts and bolts that go along with doing something like this, we've also managed to carve out a little bit of time to talk about what we're making.  The idea has changed a few times, but we're finally settled!  Personally, I'm really excited about or collaboration.  It gives me the opportunity to do something that I missed the first time around... and I've regretted not participating ever since.  I'm not…Continue

      Tags: exhibition, metalsmithing, mixed, media, Co:Operation

      Exciting news: Thomas Mann Gallery has been added to the gallery lineup

      Started by Brigitte Martin Sep 26, 2014. 0 Replies

      Rachel and I are happy to welcome Thomas Mann's I/O Gallery in New Orleans to the roster of exhibiting galleries for the CoOperation Garnish project!You may have heard this announcement during yesterday's…Continue

      Tags: Orleans, New, venue, project, Rachel

      Co:Op Garnish Radio Interview Live on Sep 25

      Started by Brigitte Martin Sep 9, 2014. 0 Replies

      We are happy to announce that Rachel and I will be appearing on the wonderful Jay Whaley Metalsmith Benchtalk Radio Show. We will be talking about our Co:Operation Garnish project, how we came up with the idea, what the project is about and our plans moving…Continue

      Tags: Timmins, Brigitte, Martin, Rachel, garnish

      About Brigitte Martin

      Started by Brigitte Martin Aug 12, 2014. 0 Replies

      Brigitte Martin, a native of Germany, apprenticed with a German Master Goldsmith after working for Sotheby's and an international Contemporary Fine Art Gallery.In 2008, Martin created the international online social network CRAFTHAUS to foster camaraderie and professional exchange within the international craft community. As…Continue

      Tags: SNAG, call, artists, garnish, cooperation

      About Rachel Timmins

      Started by rachel timmins Aug 12, 2014. 0 Replies

      Rachel Timmins earned her MFA in Studio Art (Metals + Jewelry Concentration) at Towson University in December 2012 and her BFA from Buffalo State College in 2009.  Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions, both nationally and internationally, in venues like the National Gallery of Victoria,…Continue

      Tags: pug, timmins, craft, artist, bio

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      Comment by Brigitte Martin on March 6, 2015 at 3:07pm

      Rachel Timmins and I are very pleased to announce the 18 collaborative artist pairings for the Co:Operation Garnish Core group:

      Suzanne Amendolara & Dan DiCaprio,
      Christiana Byrne & David Lee
      Adriano Castoro & Tithi Kutchamuch
      Catherine Chandler & Sonya Scott
      Brian Ferrell & Jillian Moore
      Emily Gill & Jaime Sawka
      Peter Hoogeboom & Maia Houtman
      Nicole Jacquard & Annie Fensterstock
      Satomi Kawai & Nikki Couppee
      Thomas Mann & Wayne Werner
      Bruce Metcalf & Evin Dubois
      Tom Muir & Caitlin Skelcey
       Mette Saabye & Pernille Mouritzen
      Linda Savineau & Steve Shelby
      Olga Starostina & Corey Ackelmire
      Billie Jean Theide & Brooke Marks-Swanson
      Rachel Timmins & Brigitte Martin
      Aric Verrastro & Randy Long

      The above artist group represents the CORE GROUP of the garnish exhibition project. This is the part of the exhibition that will travel to every single gallery location (unless a piece gets sold on the way).

      Thank you again to all the artists who worked jointly together and committed to this project. It was a great pleasure seeing all your work and we look forward to an exciting exhibition cycle.

      Rachel Timmins & Brigitte Martin

      Comment by Brigitte Martin on February 26, 2015 at 12:19pm

      Rachel and I have finally FINISHED jurying the Core Group for the Co:Operation Garnish exhibition! This specific group will travel to every single exhibition location: San Francisco, Baltimore, Brooklyn, New Orleans, San Antonio and Boston!

      Jurying this part of the exhibition was not easy and we do not envy the galleries for the jurying that they will all need to do in order to individualize their own Garnish Exhibitions. Y'all made the jurying process really tough! We have a total of 18 very diverse pieces chosen out of over 80 collaborative entries that we received. Applicants can expect their e-mail notifications from us by the end of next week and we'll also post the list of names for our Core Group of Garnish Collaborators with some promotional images next week as well. Just tying up some last minute lose ends right now. Notification for artists and galleries will go out next week.

      Thanks to everyone who took on this challenge! Your positive responses are truly overwhelming - in the best way!

      Comment by Brigitte Martin on February 16, 2015 at 8:45am

      The CoOperation Garnish deadline was yesterday and Rachel​ and I are swamped with the many wonderful projects you folks created collaboratively over the past months! Entries came in from all over the US, Canada, South America and Europe, with many people working across city/state/country borders. Very impressive job you guys! We are currently wading though bucket loads of entries putting things together for the jurying phase which comes up next. Thanks so much to all who submitted, we hope you enjoyed the project. We will send out your individual entry confirmations asap.

      Comment by Steve Shelby on February 1, 2015 at 6:03pm

      Thanks Rachel. I agree about third person; I never have felt comfortable writing that way, but some venues require it. Now I have some sense of direction. I think we'll both write our own version, then do whatever mix and match editing we can bot agree on.

      Comment by rachel timmins on February 1, 2015 at 5:44pm

      Steve:  The joint statement can be whatever is most comfortable for each of you.  In my opinion, it would make sense for the statement to reflect how your project went.  For example, if there was a lot of back and forth, perhaps the statement is written that way - like a conversation.  Personally, I've always thought that 3rd person was weird for statements - but we would never judge work or the statement submitted based on that.  Basically, it's open - we just want to read about how your collaboration went.  :)

      Comment by Steve Shelby on February 1, 2015 at 5:28pm

      Linda Savineau and I are getting our project near completion, and working on the entry. Neither of us can quite get a handle on what is wanted for the joint statement. Should it be written so it appears to be narrated by a third party talking about the two artists, or in first person, with each artist writing about it from their individual point of view? Do any of you have a good example of such a joint statement?

      Comment by Brigitte Martin on January 25, 2015 at 9:08am
      Update: The first few entries have started to come in, Rachel and I are very excited! The other great news is that our project has definitely spread well beyond US/Canada participation. We received info and inquiries from Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, UK, Germany, Holland, Argentina and just this morning: India! Seems like makers are truly eager to work together and overcome their differences. We couldn't be happier and prouder. Carry on!!
      Comment by rachel timmins on September 26, 2014 at 6:55am

      Anne - there is still time! The deadline for completed work is in Feb. :)

      Comment by Anne Morgan on September 26, 2014 at 6:12am

      I'm a little late to the party but this sounds fab. Wondering if I'll be able to find someone to work with in time?

      Comment by Brigitte Martin on September 20, 2014 at 11:15am

      Rachel Timmins and I are very excited about our upcoming Jay Whaley Metalsmith Benchtalk radio interview on Sep 25 @ 6PM EST / 3 PM Pacific! We got busy working on our project this week and will be able to share some exciting news for CoOperation Garnish - so do listen in!
      The show is free and will be archived on blogtalk radio as well as on iTunes in case you cannot listen live.

      Any questions - just ask.


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