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Thomas Mann and Ford/Forlano Art Jewelry are now friends
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Dec 2, 2013
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Aug 27, 2013
Ford/Forlano Art Jewelry replied to John Lunn's discussion SNAG Toronto part 3 in the group Tapestry of Talents: Bringing Your Whole Voice to Your Craft
"John.  I am sorry I did not meet you.  My fault.  I had a massively congested head and was floating around in a bit of a haze from it.  I may have some thoughts on your thoughts if I can gather them.  glad your writing them…"
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Ford/Forlano Art Jewelry commented on John Lunn's group Tapestry of Talents: Bringing Your Whole Voice to Your Craft
"all good stuff.  keep it coming.  More please!  :) "
Apr 3, 2013
Ford/Forlano Art Jewelry commented on John Lunn's group Tapestry of Talents: Bringing Your Whole Voice to Your Craft
"2Roses, it is a great Tom Waits song.  I have it in my studio and get a chuckle every time I play it.  There is a little documentary about Richard Tuttle that opens with this song.  Perfect match!"
Apr 3, 2013
Ford/Forlano Art Jewelry commented on John Lunn's group Tapestry of Talents: Bringing Your Whole Voice to Your Craft
"This is funny how this comes up now.  I have spent the last few days transferring the video shot of my performance work from the 90's.  While I have been half of FordForlano (David Forlano) for over 25 years I have been traversing so…"
Apr 2, 2013
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Tapestry of Talents: Bringing Your Whole Voice to Your Craft

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Apr 2, 2013
Ford/Forlano Art Jewelry commented on Tara J. Brannigan's group Inspired Social Media
"@ Alexandra--That is an excellent real life story about how social media really works.  I think the touch of including some personal stories the way you mention is very important and goes a long way. "
Jan 26, 2013
Ford/Forlano Art Jewelry commented on Tara J. Brannigan's group Inspired Social Media
"I think the social media logos should be on every website if you use them.  It is one more way in to see what you are about.  You are not advertising the social media tool/company.  You are pointing back to yourself on another…"
Jan 25, 2013
Ford/Forlano Art Jewelry commented on Tara J. Brannigan's group Inspired Social Media
"@kerin rose.   She is very politically active and informed and does not shy away from making her voice heard.  I am proud of her for that.  By doing this on Twitter many of her comments are getting Re-tweeted by other political guru…"
Jan 25, 2013
Ford/Forlano Art Jewelry commented on Tara J. Brannigan's group Inspired Social Media
"The trick is to never go to sleep.   "
Jan 24, 2013
Ford/Forlano Art Jewelry commented on Tara J. Brannigan's group Inspired Social Media
"I was resistant to any social media until just a few years ago.  I produced a web series with my wife and we just jumped into social media learning as we went.  Still so much to learn!   I find it is now a must have tool in the tool…"
Jan 24, 2013

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Our artistic collaboration began over 22 years ago when we met in Rome, Italy during a year abroad program through Tyler School of Art. Immediately we were intrigued by some essential differences in our approach to painting and this led to heated debates. David created large abstract paintings in which the richness of surface treatment was the main focus. Steve's work, in contrast, was based on the question: "How can I make a painting as an object", a fully integrated three-dimensional piece. We liked how our differences challenged our own thinking. As a way to learn from each other, we started trading half-finished drawings and paintings, and working our individual ideas into them.

We discovered that this kind of "swapping" has become an essential element in our collaboration. After years of working side by side, David moved to Santa Fe in 2005. We have tables in our Philadelphia studio with half-finished brooches. Steve sends them to David's Santa Fe studio where he continues to develop before sending them back to Philadelphia.

We've also noticed other threads from our art school days that have continued to be important. While David's strength has always been to push color, pattern and surface in new directions, Steve is constantly fascinated by three-dimensional structures and how things fit together mechanically. Throughout our collaboration, we have often looked to nature for inspiration. In seed clusters, shell formations, and flower buds, for instance, there are carefully organized parts which are arranged beautifully and made up of numerous, seemingly identical, but unique units. These exquisite structures lead us into new ways of envisioning a necklace, for example, both three-dimensionally and texturally.

Many of our brooches are like a collection of fragments. Not necessarily of literal fragments (say, like shards of pottery) but more like "conceptual fragments,"– like a piece of music, a chapter from a story, an ingredient from a cuisine, or an element of a language. At some point, however, we let the references subside a bit and allow the color, abstract patterns and form to lead us. The work feels complete to us when the balance of elements – abstract and imagistic -- comes into focus in some unusual way. The viewer, on the other hand, is free to gather his/her own impression of these suggested images.
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At 3:16pm on October 20, 2011, Kari Lønning said…

Hi David, thanks for the friend status. I don't stop in here often, but being friends is always a good thing.

 

At 1:31pm on October 20, 2011, Brigitte Martin said…

Hello Guys :-)

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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.

DETAILS on exhibition premise, call for artists, submission guidelines.....

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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.

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