Kristin Mitsu Shiga
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  • Portland, Oregon
  • United States
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Tom McCarthy left a comment for Kristin Mitsu Shiga
"Fantastic work. I stumbled upon your Syncopation Neckpiece in the slideshow on the home page. I really like the diversity of materials assembled with traditional care."
Sep 5, 2013
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Kristin Mitsu Shiga commented on Ross Annels's group Crafting this Antipodean Place
"Wonderful to be able to "meet" these artists and see the Australian landscape through their eyes.  Many thanks for your ever-thoughtful curation and generosity in sharing this with us, Ross!"
Dec 3, 2012
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Crafting this Antipodean Place

Australian landscapes are old, powerful and strange to Eurocentric eyes. To Indigenous Australia, whose pre-colonial history stretches back something like 60,000 years, every part of the landscape was active and spirited, full of story, meaning and relatedness. Contemporary mainstream Australia views the land as a resource to be measured, assessed, and exploited, without agency and devoid of meaning beyond economic value.This exhibition presents the work of Australian craft artists who engage…See More
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Vortex Neckpiece

"Fantastic! "
Nov 14, 2012
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SNAG Conference 2012 Phoenix

Jillian Moore and Liz Steiner blog the events of the 2012 SNAG Conference "The Heat is On!",  happening May 23-26, in Phoenix, AZ.See More
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Studio Sanctuaries - Part 2

Few things are more important to an artist than their workspaces. Part sanctuary, part workshop, part hang-out: This exhibit honors our studio spaces where we spend most of our time.
Jan 30, 2012

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Where do you live ? City, State and Country
Portland, Oregon, USA
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Oregon College of Art & Craft, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Multnomah Arts Center, Shag Shaggy Chug
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I am a metalsmith, teacher, and arts administrator in Portland, Oregon.

Statement:
When time in the studio becomes more scarce, the weight of its preciousness can sabotage the creative process. With my most recent body of work, I chose to approach it with a discipline not unlike my meditation practice. Creating a structured schedule filled with quiet rituals allowed for reflection and discovery brought on mostly by patience and repetition. At its best, this practice can lead to the distillation of thought; an intensely fertile ground ready as soon as you find time to engage it.

Ideas that I tucked away for later use coalesced, allowing unexpected intersections and alignments to emerge. The “cosies” and plates, for example, grew out of a project called “Unfinished, Damaged and Broken.” With this fledgling sculpture series, I took found objects and either completed, repaired or protected them. This exploration led to other discoveries involving unexpected interactions between materials, embodied in much of the jewelry you see here.
Your website, DIRECT flickr or DIRECT facebook links where your work can be seen.
http://www.kristinmitsushiga.com

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At 3:42pm on September 5, 2013, Tom McCarthy said…

Fantastic work. I stumbled upon your Syncopation Neckpiece in the slideshow on the home page. I really like the diversity of materials assembled with traditional care.

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At 4:26pm on July 25, 2011, Ross Annels said…
Hi Kristin - thanks for the friend add - I've been lurking here on Crafthaus for a few years now. Would like to have a discussion with you sometime about the role of ritual in your practice - I am very interested in how crafted objects can create everyday rituals that disrupt the profanity of modern industrial life.
Look forward to the next opportunity to have that conversation In person
Ross
At 4:32pm on February 5, 2011, Linda Kaye-Moses said…

Hey Kristin,

Glad to hear that the prelim $$$ for your CoLab project trip came through. Why not? You do good stuff! Remind me where you'll be in Aotearoa (Maori for NZ, but you knew that, right?). I have a few friends there, jewelers, and if you're going to be  anywhere nearby...well you get the picture. Get back to me.

Linda Kaye-Moses

At 12:48pm on February 3, 2011, Andy Cooperman said…
Congrats!!!!!
At 10:30pm on April 18, 2009, Thea Clark said…
HI Kristin,

I hope you'll send images for "Define Metal and Fiber", check out online exhibitions. Some of your pieces certainly would fit right it.
At 3:44am on April 16, 2009, marcus marguillier said…
Looking at your work, made me feel like I was on an fantastic journey, going to different places, meeting new people, going trough different emotions.
Thank you.
At 4:10pm on February 21, 2009, Tedd R McDonah said…
Great scope of work. I especially like the oxidized steel and felt (?) combination. I enjoyed your statement, as well.
At 2:13pm on January 31, 2009, Anna Kristina Goransson said…
love, LOVE, your work. You'll have to tell me about the oil can (?) some day.
At 9:49pm on November 1, 2008, Anne Bulmer Brewer said…
Thank you. Your work is wonderful. I was reading your statement above. You are so right about the importance of rituals. I also have found they allow the mind and body to move where the spirit needs to go next. Like you, I find this true in my meditation practice. I also use it in my yoga and gardening. In fact, doing the little things in the garden seem to open new awarenesses for me.
My husband and I are working to move to the Seattle area sometime next year. Perhaps, when we are settled, we could have coffee. I hope to drive down often, as well as, attend some workshops at OCAC. Please let us know about workshops you may be holding.
 
 
 

Rule the World!

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RULE THE WORLD

Friends of Carlotta Gallery, Zuerich, Switzerland

What are the adornments of dictators, despots, and the plain delusional? What do they need in order to let their real personalities shine through? What tools do tyrants have to show that they are in charge? See for yourself!

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Grandpa Wooley

"LOOK", Brooch
Internet photocopy of Gerard Depardieu and Vladimir Putin,
Plexiglas, fabric, imitation leather, yarn, wood, silver brooch

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