My name is Heather Skowood. I've been making predominately metal jewellery for many moons. Last year after I moved studio I never reconnected my torch due to there not being adequate ventilation in my basement studio and becoming more and more frustrated with the mining companies practices. I will reconnect my torch again, hopefully later this year but meanwhile I'm scouring the world around me for more things to play/create with safely.
Oh Goody! 2Roses likes to play in this sandbox. Our biggest challenge is that EVERYTHING is grist for the mill. Someone said, "Trash is simply a failure of imagination". Growing up in the midwest we'd see a fair amount of imaginative sculptures made from discarded items (farm implements, appliances, cars etc) Then in college we discovered the Dadaists. It led to a rapid descent into the trash heaps and back alleys of America where we continue to find inspiration to this day.
When I started making jewelry I was a full time precious metal snob. Recycled? Bleh! Found objects? Phhht! I also didn't have much fun :(
I would like to say that I came to recycled and found objects for the good of the Earth and all that but in truth I came to using "other" materials because the price of gold and silver was just too dam high. So I started to experiment with plastics, found objects, and one of my childhood passions...making things from aluminum foil. I had already worked with resin (my teacher is the "Epoxy Queen"--an Ebendorf quote) but I really didn't start smiling till I discovered how I constructed my work. In my metal only days it was a sketch, maybe a soldering outline, then go ahead and make. With found objects and other materials I find myself either collecting "things" that I hope to one day use and/or making small pieces in a variety of material that I hope to one day use. This way I have a small warehouse of found and made objects that I can choose from and play with.
Sometimes I miss the metals only days but that's just doubt sticking it's nose in trying to tell me that jewelry = precious metals and stones. Silly doubt!
All I know is I am having more fun. I'm playing. To me that's what it's about.
There's nothing more fun than taking a pile of discarded stuff and creating something magical. I've always been into found plastics, and the last couple of years LEGO has been my material of choice, re-interpreting historical jewellery into a modern-day context. My Lalique recreation, "Cygne Noir", just opened at the re/PURPOSE exhibition here in SF (see photo). I also run an Accessorize with Toys workshop along with jeweler Shana Astrachan, where we provide found toy and game parts, findings, and tools and help kids and adults make cool jewellery. See our fan Frances here from our gig at Makerfaire.
Hello I am Alison Bailey Smith, I live in the Wirral in the North West of England but I am from Scotland where I studied at Edinburgh College of Art, I have lived in Australia, Canada and America.
I have been working with recycled materials for about 20 years and have recenlty moved away slightly from my staple diet of working with reclaimed coloured wire from old televisions and wrappers from sweets (Lollies, candies) and crisps (chips) to working with plastic packaging for a cheap range of jewellery called "Junk Jewellery" and sculptures from recycled metal from the building trade.
I'm Julie Belfiore. I focused my thesis work in school around the subject of addiction, and as a smoker, I found the use of the contents of my ashtrays to be an important exploration of my jewelry.
Treasures from Taiwan - a crafthaus online exhibition...
Treasures from Taiwan - a crafthaus online exhibition shows contemporary metal art and jewelry from 11 Taiwanese contemporary emerging artists. Treasures from Taiwan will be highlighted on Crafthaus as an online exhibition from May 8 to June 7, 2013.
December 5, 2014 at 10am to December 7, 2014 at 5pm
The Society of Arts and Crafts is pleased to announce that the application period for Craftboston Spring 2014 and Craftboston Holiday 2014 opens on May 30th. Presented by The Society of Arts and Crafts, Craftboston Spring and Holiday are New England’s premiere juried exhibitions and sales of contemporary craft. They are mission-driven events that serve to support excellence in crafts by encouraging the creation, collection, and conservation of the work of craft artists, and by educating and…See More
For the next 13 months we'll discuss the trials, triumphs, and tribulations of exhibiting in art shows as emerging artists and established artists. Exhibition coverage will be balanced with tips on how to strategically build a legacy over a length of time, in a way that makes sense to your individual goals as an artist. Join us each month! There will be surprises around every corner, with photos, videos, SNAG conference coverage, and occasional interviews by rising artists!See More
"Hi John. I love your flute. I worked at a job for 23 years making keys and the metal parts for contrabassoons. Unfortunately, there was no creativity involved. The upside is that I learned a huge amount about working with metal and making tools."
"It is a good article. It's a bit disappointing that the 3 artists they interview are men when it was so obvious that 90% of the Trunk Show exhibitors were women. I'd like to do a blog or two on the influence of women in the arts and how it…"
"Hi Rebecca. I have had probably a 50% success rate entering juried exhibitions, which I think is actually pretty good. I don't do shows where you go and peddle your wares from a booth. The exhibitions I've been in are held in art museums…"
"Interesting conference - I learned a lot. My favorite presentations were historical - one on innovations in tool capabilities since antiquity and the resulting impacts on jewelry, another on the development of manufacturing equipment for the jewelry…"
- by Rebecca Rose. 2013, SNAG/crafthaus Scholarship Recipient
For the next 13 months we'll discuss the trials, triumphs, and tribulations of exhibiting in art shows as emerging artists and established artists. Exhibition coverage will be balanced with tips on how to strategically build a legacy over a length of time, in a way that makes sense to your individual goals as an artist and maker.
Join us each month! There will be surprises around every corner, with photos, videos, SNAG conference coverage, and occasional interviews by rising artists!