Things have begun in earnest now - well at least as earnest as they get at a collaboration event.

Harvey wore a carefully selected non-matching socks every day

Humour plays a big role in collaboration, building relationships and generating playful projects.

An oarsome bench takes shape

And talking, lots of talking.

Woodturner Beth Ireland, carver Jeanette Rein talking over a project with Jack Nichols

 

Techniques are demonstrated and shared

And everyone relaxes into the relationships and the work.

I have begun work on two projects. One is a project started by Kelly - to transform a gnarly piece of wood into the head of a creature. The other - to take the gourd I selected from the resource table and turn it into a lamp - I propose laminating the veneers to form wiggly jellyfish like tentacle legs. Kelly’s friends Miriam and Dan - both know Kelly through Bucks Community College - join the lamp project. This tenuous connection - the college friends of the person who agreed to give me a lift - leads to a precious collaborative experience.

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Ross, are there also projects going on across media, e.g. a furniture maker working with a ceramicist?

Yes Brigitte, there are - this collaboration is fairly woody (!), but as you will see - there are some cross-media collaborations taking place. Each collaboration I have attended seems to have its own culture of how much cross media collaboration it occurs - which partly depends on the disciplinary mix of the attendees. This one - in common with CollaborationAu has a lot of woodturners - so there are a lot of woody projects. The CollaboratioNZ is many more strongly cross-media projects, and I believe that will be the case at Emma also.

Oops - has many more ... :D

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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, Thomas Mann's Gallery I/O April 1 - June 25, 2016.

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

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Rachel and Brigitte got started on their own cooperation. Follow along and comment.

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