Jessica Todd | Contemporary Craft

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Kent, Ohio
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Kent State University
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I'm working toward my MFA in Jewelry/Metals at Kent State University. I also teach undergraduate Jewelry/Metals classes as a Graduate TA.
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http://JessToddStudio.com

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Artist's Statement

I am an observer and a maker. My work is a reflection of the world as I perceive it and therefore takes on a narrative quality. I have always been most articulate visually, and the physical process of making facilitates the examination of my initial observations as a kind of therapeutic research method. Working in contemporary craft, primarily metals and jewelry, carries a tangible, familiar quality that allows me to speak intimately about the human experience.

I have always had an interest in discovering the meaning of culture: what to me comes down to the differences in the ways people interact inside a society. In college I jumped at the opportunity to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain and returned after graduating to live there for a year. I used my investigation and interpretation of Spanish society to reexamine my own upbringing in the American suburbs and gained a new level of comprehension and criticism of the world from which I came. I began to search for a sense of belonging, purpose and larger cultural identity in the expanse of vapid, pristine cul-de-sacs of my hometown. Feeling a distinct emptiness in that space I looked to my ancestry and developed a fascination with my great-grandparents’ immigration from Italy, their establishment of a family farm operated by their twelve children, and the enormous ever-expanding lineage of which I am a part.

Having established a connection to the past, I returned my focus to the structures of suburbia – the homes, the fences, the cul-de-sacs. Suburbia is the prototype of American values of homogeneity, stability, order and self-discipline; it is easy to critique. Yet somewhere amid this restrictive, sanitized space sits my home where my own personal history was written. It created me. It created many of us. We inject our human realities into these prescribed habitats and live inside them authentically and sincerely. There is an osmosis that occurs. Through wearable objects, sculpture, performance and installation I seek to reveal how those structures seep into our subconscious and affect our modes of thinking and living, and how our humanness seeps back into them.

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Jessica Todd commented on Melissa Cameron's blog post I went to: Kent State!
"We so enjoyed having you! Your precision and insight from an architectural standpoint was so helpful and I loved hearing about your work."
Mar 26
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The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists

This blog is intended as a guide for potential and current MFA students, focusing on those in the craft disciplines. It will primarily focus on tips for prospective students, but will also address the needs of those currently working toward their degrees. By sharing my own experience, articles I find and interviews I conduct, I will work to offer guidance to studio artists who may be nervous to start the journey alone so that they can have the same phenomenal opportunity and experience that I’m…See More
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The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists

This blog is intended as a guide for potential and current MFA students, focusing on those in the craft disciplines. It will primarily focus on tips for prospective students, but will also address the needs of those currently working toward their degrees. By sharing my own experience, articles I find and interviews I conduct, I will work to offer guidance to studio artists who may be nervous to start the journey alone so that they can have the same phenomenal opportunity and experience that I’m…See More
Mar 13
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Artisans Center of Virginia

The Artisans Center of Virginia (ACV) develops and implements systems and strategies to improve economic outcomes for Virginia artisans and their communities while assisting them in promoting their local artisan culture.ACV realizes that in order to best serve Virginia’s artisans it needs to attract the public and provide sustainable economic opportunities to developing artist businesses while working to encourage tomorrow’s artisans and keep the culture of Virginia craft innovating, thriving…See More
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Jessica Todd commented on Lorena Angulo's group Behind the Brooch part 2
"Absolutely beautiful work! Some of my favorite artists! "
Dec 14, 2013
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Behind the Brooch part 2

I am happy to share with all of you more images of wonderful brooches from artists around the word. I had so many submissions on my first call that I had to create a second part exhibition. This exhibition focuses on a side of the brooch we usually do not pay much attention to: the back side. Our first look is naturally always trained at the front, but when we do take the time to look at the back of a brooch, it will oftentimes reveal a surprising aspect for us, a delightful little secret. With…See More
Dec 14, 2013
Jessica Todd and Holland Houdek are now friends
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Jessica Todd and Alyssa Karpa are now friends
Nov 24, 2013
Jessica Todd and Erika Uzmann are now friends
Nov 12, 2013
Jessica Todd joined Erika Uzmann's group
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Buckle Up: Belt Buckles Beyond Function

The belt buckle has long been a functional object.  It has only been since the early 20th century that it has truly become a fashion statement.  This exhibition features a collection of contemporary, hand crafted belt buckles that really examine what this amazing accessory can do beyond its solely functional past. See More
Nov 11, 2013
Jessica Todd commented on Brigitte Martin's blog post Etsy's New Policy Means Some Items Are 'Handmade In Spirit'
"I think it's fantastic that those sellers have had so much success on Etsy that they're able to hire employees and grow their businesses - for many (or some) that is the ultimate goal. But maybe that means they've outgrown Etsy. By…"
Nov 5, 2013
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Creative Photography

Crafthaus regularly features creative photography to inspire craft artists to take their own photography to the next level.Feel free to upload and share creative images of your own work in this group and BE SURE to give proper photo credit!See More
Nov 5, 2013
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At 8:53am on January 10, 2014, Brigitte Martin said…

Thank you very much for your membership renewal and continued support of crafthaus. Your membership is valid through January 15, 2015.
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At 11:38am on August 26, 2013, Melis Agabigum said…

Thanks! Good luck to you too on your final year/Thesis! 

At 8:33pm on June 3, 2012, Renee Zettle-Sterling said…

Hi Jess,

Your images and work look amazing!.  I love the locket and seed piece on the black background.  Works really well for that piece.  I had the most wonderful time with you and the other students at Kent.  I feel so grateful that I got the opportunity to meet you.  Keep me posted!!  Warmly, Renee

At 5:22pm on April 16, 2012, Masako Onodera said…

Hi Jessica,

It was nice meeting you as well! Thank you for coming to Akron.

Good luck on your semester and have a productive summer!

At 1:16pm on April 14, 2012, Stephen Yusko said…

Good to meet you and the Kent State grads. I'll look forward to following your work.

At 11:24am on January 14, 2012, Bifei Cao said…

Thanks, all these are past. I bet you will get them soon!!!! Good luck with your school everything.

Best

At 7:57pm on January 10, 2012, Bifei Cao said…

Wahhh, great work, you are doing very well at there. good luck, Jessica

At 6:49am on January 8, 2012, Brigitte Martin said…

Hello jessica,

Welcome to crafthaus, the network for fine craft artists and those who support them! I am very glad you joined us! Your crafthaus membership is valid through January 15, 2013.

Please look around and add your thoughts to the groups, blogs and discussions. Crafthaus is a participatory sport!

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