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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.

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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 8, 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.

Premise:

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 cooperationgarnish@hotmail.com )

      Discussion Forum

      Getting the CoOp Garnish Show Ready for Boston!

      Started by Brigitte Martin Apr 22, 2015. 0 Replies

      Getting things ready for Boston is in full swing by now, all artists contracts have been sent out and Rachel and I are currently in the process of fine tuning the exhibition side of things.Priscilla Mouritzen and Mette Saabye "Objects of Desire", Wood, paint, string, various sizesAs many of you may have seen, CoOp Garnish will be part of the Adorned Spaces POP UP exhibition at the…Continue

      Tags: Priscilla, Timmins, Mouritzen, Mette, Saabye

      A Fresh Start

      Started by ROY Jan 3, 2015. 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

      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 SvedestedtIn the open call for Co-operation Garnish you describe a troublesome gap between artists from different backgrounds. Do you see this division as a global…Continue

      Tags: Garnish, CoOp, Klimt02, Sanna, Svedestedt

      25 e-mails

      Started by Linda Savineau Oct 13, 2014. 0 Replies

      Well, when initially Steve Shelby posted this:"This will be a challenge for me (1) because I have never done any kind of collaboration, and (2) I will be collaborating with someone whose work Ireally don't like, and if it's a good match-up, they don't like my work either! " ,I was really intrigued and I contacted him. And yes, after a few mails we decided we could hit it off as 2 totally different personae !.Now,some 2 months later, we've exchanged 25 mails, discussed 3 projects and we're…Continue

      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 forward.The radio show will be LIVE on air September 25, 2014 @ 6PM EST / 3 PM Pacific.…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 the site’s editor she works closely with the membership to help…Continue

      Tags: SNAG, call, artists, garnish, cooperation

      Entry Form & Checklist Cooperation GARNISH

      Started by Brigitte Martin Aug 8, 2014. 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

      Call for Artists "Cooperation Garnish"

      Started by Brigitte Martin Aug 8, 2014. 0 Replies

      An exhibition traveling to the following locations:  Pop-Up during SNAG Conference, Boston - May 20-23, 2015 (details to follow)Crafthaus, online exhibition (excerpts from core exhibition) - June 15 - July 15, 2015Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA - Aug 19 - Sept 20, 2015Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX - Oct 16 - Nov 15, 2015Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD - Dec 11, 2015 - Jan…Continue

      Tags: call, artists, cooperation, exhibition, crafthaus

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      Comment by Brigitte Martin on August 13, 2014 at 9:05am

      Rachel Timmins and I are thrilled to announce that another venue has just been added to the Co:Operation Garnish exhibition circle: Brooklyn Metalworks will be hosting the exhibition from February 5 to March 6, 2016. Thank you Erin and Brian!

      Comment by Kirsten Denbow on August 13, 2014 at 7:39am
      This sounds like an amazing challenge. Now to try and find someone to partner with!
      Comment by Steve Shelby on August 13, 2014 at 6:35am

      This reminds me of projects I've read about, like for instance an orchestra in Israel, made up of young Jews and Palestinians. It was a touching story. At least here, we are not killing each other over our artistic differences. This will be a challenge for me (1) because I have never done any kind of collaboration, and (2) I will be collaborating with someone whose work I really don't like, and if it's a good match-up, they don't like my work either! 

      Comment by Alison B. Antelman on August 12, 2014 at 10:39pm

      I have to admit, I get very confused with show descriptions. One one hand they are vague in order to evoke creativity in a variety of directions, on the other hand, I'm not clear is this is even applicable to my style of work. 

      Comment by Brigitte Martin on August 12, 2014 at 5:42pm

      Finding a partner is actually the fun part as far as I am concerned. Great way to do some research.

      Some artists may find it difficult to 'fit' their work within a predefined category, in those cases we suggest they aim to cooperate with an artist whose material choices are decidedly different from their own, i.e. someone works in metals mostly, how about teaming up with an artist who works with fibers predominantly,  enamels - CAD, functional - nonfunctional... The combination possibilities are endless. We hope that folks will genuinely stretch themselves to pick a partner whose work is outside their own comfort zone.

      Rachel and I will be cooperating on a piece too - just to give you an example - and we will blog about it right here in the weeks to follow.

      Comment by Linda Savineau on August 12, 2014 at 5:08pm

      Finding a partner will be more difficult than creating a piece of jewellery. But we like challenges, don't we ?

       

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