I just listened to these presentations by John Cleese. What timing!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGt3-fxOvug&feature=player_embedded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VShmtsLhkQg

He talks about how you need to be in an 'open' mode that allows for time and play to be creative. And says you need to be able to switch to the 'closed' mode once you've made a decision in order to execute your idea. Anyway it is a fun watch.

He also brings up that creativity is not a talent but a way of operating. I do believe this. As many of you are saying, having inspiration isn't the issue - it's focusing on the execution that's your problem. People who believe they are not creative don't give themselves the freedom or space to be. They don't have the confidence to do it. Maybe the opposite is true also. Having the confidence in an idea to see it through. It's also discipline. I think if you can visualize a piece - after the creative process of coming up with the idea - it can become a matter of going through a different process of making it.

Another good discussion is how to recognize a good idea. AND, who is to judge if it's not?

Anyway, more later.

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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.

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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.

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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