Colleen Baran
  • Female
  • Greater Vancouver, BC
  • Canada
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Colleen Baran joined Mark Fenn - Studiofenn's group

Tales From the Tool Box - Chapter Two

Thank you for viewing this on-line exhibitionThis exhibition is a showcase for narrative work.I would like to personally thank all the makers who took the time to submit work for this on-line exhibition. Image Left: DualityMaker: Younha JungImage Credit: Kathleen BrowneSee More
Jun 2
Colleen Baran liked Brigitte Martin's blog post Glenn Adamson on New York and London’s Distinct Museum Cultures
May 5
Rachel Suzanne Smith and Colleen Baran are now friends
May 3
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Apr 28
Colleen Baran joined Olivia Shih's group

Reconstructing Our Second Skin: Gender in Contemporary Jewelry

In this crafthaus blog, I explore the intersection between gender and jewelry with a three-prong approach: interviewing artists who do not shy away from words like “gender issues,” “feminism,” and “sex”; analyzing the work of said artists and the reach of their work via questionnaires; and reinvigorating conversation about gender in jewelry by putting together an online exhibition.See More
Apr 27
Colleen Baran liked Harriete Estel Berman's blog post How is Jewelry Selected for a Museum Collection?
Feb 24
Colleen Baran liked Jessica Calderwood's blog post Flora & Flesh: Jessica Calderwood at R|R Gallery
Jan 19
Colleen Baran liked Erin Cora Turner's photo
Nov 12, 2015
Colleen Baran joined JUNK: rubbish to gold's group

JUNK: rubbish to gold Exhibition

THIS CRAFTHAUS EXHIBITION IS NOW ARCHIVED AND THE AUCTION OVER.IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TAKE PART IN OUR NEW ONLINE EXHIBITION AND AUCTION PLEASE GO TO  www.rubbishtogold.comARCHIVE:JUNK: rubbish to gold playfully explores ideas of exchange, bartering, gathering, earning and giving by putting on display the entire process of creating the ‘work-of-art’.All works available to bid on via a silent auction right NOW.     Partnering charities supplied the masses…See More
Nov 10, 2015
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Nov 3, 2015
Colleen Baran liked Kim Eric Lilot's photo
Nov 3, 2015
Colleen Baran joined Atelier Hg's group

2013 Beijing International Jewelry Art Biennale

A look back at the exhibition in Beijing and 2013 Beijing Design Week.Group Host: Ezra Satok-WolmanSee More
Oct 6, 2015
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Nov 11, 2014
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Greater Vancouver, Canada
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Studio in Greater Vancouver, Canada
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Jewellery maker.

Colleen has exhibited in eleven countries such as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway and the USA and been published in a few more including China, Austria and Italy.

Recent projects include a daily ring project; in 2010 she made 365 rings as an experiment in recycled, alternative and repurposed materials. Starting Jan 1st and ending Dec 31st she experimented with materials such as elastic bands from around morning newspapers and produce to twist ties to recycled straws.

Related to this project, Colleen curated her first exhibition, ‘Ring a Day’ at Punch Gallery in Seattle which was part of the SNAG (Society of North American Goldsmiths) annual conference. The exhibition featured 365 rings by 65 international artists and was juried from 17,000 photos.

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At 12:09pm on February 17, 2016, Brigitte Martin said…

Thanks for signing up again with crafthaus.  Your membership is valid through March 15, 2017.
Now that you’ve successfully re-registered you can get even more involved. This means, you’re not just getting the whole crafthaus picture... you are a part of it. Your contributions via blogs, photos, and discussions will enrich our open crafthaus environment immensely, so please let us know what’s going on in your art life! Don't hold back! 

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At 2:46am on October 3, 2014, Kate Bajic said…
Hi Colleen, thanks for your friend request!
At 2:45pm on August 31, 2011, Dianne Karg Baron said…

Hi Colleen!  Nice to see you here!  Thanks for the friend request!

At 8:06am on June 7, 2011, Karine Rodrigue said…

your work on the rings is very entertaining!

At 8:03pm on April 26, 2011, Paul McClure said…

Really enjoyed your work at the HFC opening last week. Our work is side by side :-)

Hope to meet soon,


At 6:38am on December 9, 2010, Laura GC said…
Thanks :) Wonderful work.
At 2:23pm on November 30, 2010, Two Claws Jewelry said…
Thank you most kindly for the friend request, Colleen!
At 2:26pm on November 27, 2010, Tammy Young Eun Kim said…
Hi Colleen! Thx for the add & the comment! Aw, i love your ring series. awesome!
At 10:26am on July 3, 2010, Annie Tung said…
Great to see what happens out west!!
At 5:50am on June 14, 2010, Natalie Smith said…
Thank you. I have really enjoyed seeing images of your work, your rings are really beautiful.

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Halstead Design Challenge

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