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

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

      Sean + Melissa, the continuing tale!

      Started by Melissa Cameron on Thursday. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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

      Entry Form & Checklist Cooperation GARNISH

      Started by Brigitte Martin Aug 8. 0 Replies

      Co:Operation Garnish - Submission Form Can't copy/paste the form ? Request emailed .doc or pdf formats from: cooperationgarnish@hotmail.comI. Information about applicant team: A) Name: Address: email: website: phone: B) Name: Address: email: website: phone: I. Title of Artwork:   II. Media: III. Dimensions (in inches): IV. Photo Credit: _________________________.The submitting artists grant full permission for their images to be used in all promotional efforts the exhibition…Continue

      Tags: Brigitte, Timmins, Martin, call, artists

      Comment Wall


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      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.

      Comment by rachel timmins on September 13, 2014 at 11:23am

      Hey Katja!

      There are no limits on quantity.  Please know that if there is limited space but juror's want your work in the exhibition, we (they) may only ask for certain work from the series.  I hope that makes sense.

      Comment by Katja Toporski on September 13, 2014 at 11:09am

      Hello Rachel and Brigitte,

      I have a question regarding quantities: is each collaborative pair allowed to make one piece or can there be a grouping of pieces? Especially if they are not giant sized? 

      Comment by Linda Savineau on August 26, 2014 at 3:55pm

      Great idea!

      Comment by The Justified Sinner on August 26, 2014 at 11:08am

      "The party of the third part, being forthwith referred to as 'The Artist', hereby declares...!"

      Comment by 2Roses on August 26, 2014 at 11:04am

      Can't wait to see what kind an artist's statement he comes up with.

      Comment by The Justified Sinner on August 26, 2014 at 11:01am

      Excellent! Lawyers seem to spend their days arguing and being in opposition, so a good choice.

      Comment by 2Roses on August 26, 2014 at 9:24am

      We're teamed up with a lawyer. The only exhibition he has done is in a courtroom.


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