Lacquer/Graft

This work utilizes disposable products made of wood, paper, and bamboo in combination with metal. Tasting spoons from the ice cream shop and chopsticks from the take out counter are reconfigured with silver flatware. Coffee cups from the morning fix and paper plates from the family picnic are segmented and realigned with silver constructions. The lacquer that covers them imbues these everyday throw-away items with a sense of renewed importance and purpose.

Traditionally lacquer was used as a means of preservation and decoration, and silver for its durability and beauty. Because lacquer is derived from trees and silver is a mined element, they are fitting materials to speak to environmental issues concerning non-reusable objects.

Grafting is a growing method where tissues of one plant are encouraged to fuse with another. In this work the grafts are physical and metaphorical, combining craft traditions with wasteful consumerism as a consideration of how valuable resources are handled.

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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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