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My journey from Vancouver, BC. Canada, to the “Imagery in Jewelry” workshop at Touchstone Center for Craft in Farmington, Pennsylvania. See More
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Pleated vessel

This loom woven vessel has won a 2014Niche Award, announced Jan18 in Philadelphia at the Buyers Market.
Jan 19
Frances Solar commented on Frances Solar's blog post 2014 Niche Awards
"This Vessel is now a Winner of a 2014 Niche Award. Wonderful news!!!"
Jan 19
Brigitte Martin commented on Frances Solar's blog post 2014 Niche Awards
"Congratulations, that is huge!!! Well deserved."
Oct 18, 2013
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"I'm a finalist in the 2014 Niche Awards with the submission of this pleated vessel."
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"Thank you very much for your membership payment and support of crafthaus. Your membership is valid through December 15, 2014. Enjoy crafthaus, participate often!"
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Where do you live ? City, State and Country
Garibaldi Highlands, BC Canada ,between Vancouver & Whistler.
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home studio
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I am a contemporary BC artist who combines traditional textile techniques with unconventional materials,ie metals,
to create unique woven sculpture, both free standing vessels & wall mounted Scrapyard Quilts.
Your website, DIRECT flickr or DIRECT facebook links where your work can be seen.

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At 2:40pm on November 26, 2012, Brigitte Martin said…

Thank you very much for your membership payment and support of crafthaus. Your membership is valid through December 15, 2014.

Enjoy crafthaus, participate often!

At 2:00pm on October 29, 2011, Leisa Rich said…

That is so unbelievable that you used to live in London! I lived in Old South. My daughter and grandson live in London now, so I get there at least once per year! 

At 2:28pm on August 21, 2011, Glen Guarino said…

Congrats on being a featured Crafthaus artist! 

At 4:45pm on February 15, 2011, alice simpson said…


 Your work is stunning, its patterns, tones and colors, elegantly refined.

There is something about the square format that is orderly and exciting at the same time. I'd like to wear the woven pieces!

At 6:14pm on January 24, 2011, john de Wit said…
Thanks Frances, much Appreciated. JdW
At 2:46pm on January 4, 2011, Brigitte Martin said…
Looks like Chris is getting some help for Craft Boston. I am glad! I really want this to be a success for him :-)
At 1:32pm on October 23, 2010, The Justified Sinner said…
Congratulations on the front page! I am very impressed with these works, A novel and beautiful approach to scrap.
At 1:35pm on October 21, 2010, Pat Morrow said…
BTW do you want Fran or Frances on your entry?
At 1:32pm on October 21, 2010, Pat Morrow said…
Yes, I received your photo. Thank you very much. I especially enjoyed seeing your studio because I used to have a weaving studio before I started making furniture. I'm in the process of selling my large Bexell Cranbrook loom.
At 8:31pm on October 3, 2010, Glen Guarino said…
Hi Fran, Hope all is well & that you will submit to our calls-
Earthly Pleasures http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/crafthausexhibition/forum/topics/open-call-earthly-pleasures
Me, Myself and I http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/crafthausexhibition/forum/topics/open-callme-myself-and-i
Sitting Pretty Part 2 is how the show will look http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/sittingprettytheartsittingpretty
A show at Crafthaus has more of an audience then a gallery and offers a permanent stage to the world. We do love gallery shows, but at Crafthaus submission is easy, doesn't cost anything for members. In addition to our calls there are others you may be interested in.
We try to make the submission process as painless as possible! If you have any questions please let us know. Glen & Marie

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2014 Niche Awards

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 7:41pm 3 Comments


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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Every Fall, crafthaus awards a micro project grant to a crafthaus member regardless of location, professional background, or craft field. The grant is unrestricted and intended to provide assistance for a personal or group project.All projects will be published anonymously, without revealing any personal information about the submitting party.The crafthaus membership and the general public review all proposed projects and vote for the one they wish to see supported. One vote per person.Voting…See More
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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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