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I am a metal and fiber artist recently retired from the mental health field where I worked as an art therapist with clients challenged by the effects of chronic mental illness and addiction. I hold a BFA in studio art, a MFA in painting, and spent a year in a textile program studying surface design. More recently I found a local jewelry arts school offering basic bench techniques and decided it was time to get serious about moving metal! Earlier in my career I was a graphic artist and typesetter who after completing an apprenticeship earned journeyman status as a commercial lithographer. I now consider myself a full-time metal and fiber artist.
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I devote much of my time and creative energy to gathering, understanding, and altering the materials, techniques, and esoteric language characteristic of the ancient past. I'm a devout textile junkie: a collector of worn tapestry and kilim remnants; aged hemp, flax, and linen salvage; bits of vintage crochet; and antique sari and tribal ten/belt fragments, each of which I recycle into my work.
I relish exploring the textures and forms offered via the needle arts (embroidery and tats!), and fully respond to the meditative process inherent in felt and paper making. I continue to evolve as an unconventional metalsmith, rendering one-of-a-kind hand forged, mixed metal jewelry paired with ancient bone, various fossils, semi-precious/raw gemstones, and found objects. I enjoy experimenting with new chemical and heat/fire patinas, and sometimes let the process speak for itself so that firescale and solder joins are exposed and become an integral part of the object/jewelry.
When I'm in the process of intuitively bringing together various materials as a piece beckons, the alchemical soup brewing around seemingly disparate properties starts to cool and coalesce revealing a unique and unified object.
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NEW: 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.
It is that time of year again, when the degree shows in Scotland all kick off. As usual, the roll is started by Dundee's Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design - DJCAD for short. Regular readers of my blog will know that Dundee is my favourite Scottish city and has been for many, many years, so it is something of a surprise to realise that until last…See More
I keep trying to write this blog and get it posted but I seem to run into self inflicted road blocks. I was hoping to have something running by Wednesday. First, I have 2 computers and Ive done bits and pieces on them both. Second, I cant seem to find a wifi hook up when I need it or when I have the draft I want to post. On top of that, there's been very little time away from the conference or visiting family for me to go onkine. Finally, when I was going to post this afternoon, the battery…See More
As part of NYCxDesign, the NYCEDC is sponsoring this fab event. All those interested in design and jewelry are welcome Please join us on May 21st - 7-9pm...Consumers, designers and jewelers from all over the world flock to 47th Street -the “Diamond District”- to find stone dealers, casting houses, raw materials, and inspiration. Join the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the 47th Street BID and CJ Recht for Hot Rocks and Heavy Metal, an evening of presentations and cocktails at…See More
- 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!