Sarah Holden
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  • Chicago, Illinois
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Siamese Connection







Vessel is a table-top shield that effeminates stee' and structuralizes nylon stockings to contradict material gender.  This piece has not been shown outside of my thesis show, but will be on exhibit beginning this Saturday, July 20th in New York at Brooklyn Metal Works.  The Siamese Connection exhibition is inspired by a water pipe with two openings that is often seen in urban life.  The exhibition was intended to bring together work that has a "collision of two elements or an unexpected branching."  I'm curious to see the exhibition and to finally see the space.  This will be the second show that I've been in there and I thought the work included in the Re-Fresh exhibition was pretty killer, so I hope this show follows suit.

Earrings for the Society of Contemporary Craft





This week I sent a nice big package of ruffle steel earrings to the Society for Contemporary Craft.  Some nice steel jewelry for a sweet steel town.  Go pick up a few pairs for yourself or your sweetie.

Ruta's new necklace

I made a necklace for my friend mike's lady two years ago and the painted steel wire I used just wasn't holding up. I exchanged the yellow painted steel wire for a thicker brass wire that I powder coated with transparent fluorescent yellow. It looks awesome! It's great because when it catches the light just right you can see the fluorescent bits. I think I may need to start finishing brass like this.

Rachael's Necklace




I finished Rachael's Necklace earlier this week.  She wanted a pendant necklace that was very flat like the cherry blossom necklace that she bought from me a few years ago.  When we met for our design session, she said she really liked the woven stud post earrings that I make, but her ears aren't pierced, so she wanted me to make a necklace out of them.  Each little sterling silver and steel woven ball is soldered onto a sterling silver frame.  I really like the view of the back of the piece.  To top it off, I set two tiny little citrines in the ends of the toggle.  I can't wait to see a photo of it on her!

 

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SPRING UNIQUES - Several Beautiful Pieces Available until Monday 6/16

http://www.ebay.com/itm/151323843894With only 5 days left in the Spring Uniques Sale, if you haven't had a chance to look at…See More
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"Thank you Valerie for the beautiful words to go with my brooch. "
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Spring 2014 UNIQUES Sale Begins Tomorrow (Monday June 2nd) at 12pm (noon) Pacific

SNAG is excited to announce our 2nd UNIQUES sale on eBay!This time with a twist!Uniques is an online auction of one-of-a-kind, limited edition, unusual, and handmade contemporary art jewelry and small metal items by SNAG members. We also asked creative writers to come up with UNIQUE insights about the various pieces that will be up for auction, enhancing the work by writing poetry, a short story, or a few sentences…See More
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SNAG has launched New Perks for Donating!$125 LevelIf you donate at the $125 level you will receive a hand written thank you along with a set of our newest SNAG stickers (or $10.45/mth for 12 months).$250 LevelIf you donate at the $250 level, you will receive a hand written thank you, a set of stickers, and a limited edition hand…See More
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Chicago, Illinois
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Evanston Art Center, The Art Center - Highland Park, My Studio
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Jeweler, Sculptor, Maker, Educator, Rad Lady
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http://www.sarahholdenmetalsmithing.com

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At 9:35am on May 6, 2014, Brigitte Martin said…

Thank you very much for your membership renewal and continued support of crafthaus. Your membership is valid through May 15, 2015.

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At 10:56pm on November 10, 2013, Tara Locklear said…

hey there! sorry for the delay but thank you so much!!! i am trying to get some new ideas flushed out. i appreciate it!

At 7:04pm on November 18, 2011, Jessica Calderwood said…

Hi Sarah,

I saw you mfa show last spring.  I took my students down for a field trip - nice work, I enjoyed it!

At 11:00am on October 6, 2011, Pat Morrow said…

Sarah, I just watched your MFA Gallery Talk video - well done, congratulations. I also loved that you wore a dress. Great subject - I could go on and on about the meaning behind this body of work. I lived in Chicago (now CO) for 30 years working for corporate america (way chauvinistic). I also spent a lot of time at the Evanston Art Center weaving.

 

Saw the pictures of your Chicago studio - so cool. Would you enter that in my online exhibit Studio Sanctuaries Part 3? It would be a great addition. However, I need it right away.

At 6:23am on October 6, 2011, Francesca Gabrielli said…

Thanks for your friend request. Francesca

At 9:51pm on June 15, 2011, Glen Guarino said…

We jury some of the shows for Crafthaus.  Please look at 

Small Treasures in Wood & Metal

http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/crafthausexhibition/forum/topics/open-call-small-treasures-in

In the Making:Short Demo

http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/crafthausexhibition/forum/topics/call-for-entries-in-the-making 

Crafthaus exhibitions are highlighted for one month and then remain online permanently offering artists good visibility.


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At 8:21pm on May 11, 2011, Rachel Rader said…
Congrats on the header image Sarah! Love the new work, and you! Let's connect while you're in Seattle!!
At 1:47pm on April 20, 2011, Rachel Rader said…
Thanks for the comments Sarah!!! You're so sweet! Hope life is treating you well. Can't wait to see in at SNAG!  xo!
At 6:08pm on February 26, 2011, Leisa Rich said…
Love the conceptual, self-involved nature of your work! Veeeeery interesting in an awesome way...
At 7:12pm on October 3, 2010, Stacey Lee Webber said…
ROCK OUT...when is our piece due??

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ONoff Exhibition Deadline Extended!!

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The ONoff Exhibition Call for Entry deadline has been extended until February 2nd, 2014 at midnight! 

 

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ONoff: An Exhibition of Makers that work ON and off the body

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One would expect Jewelry artists to be limited to objects of personal adornment, but many contemporary makers in this field have gone beyond the constraints of functionality to pursue conceptual interests in areas such as photography,…

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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.

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

Rachel and Brigitte will be appearing on the wonderful Jay Whaley Metalsmith Benchtalk Radio Show, talking about the Co:Operation Garnish project, how they came up with the idea, what the project is about and the plans moving forward.

The radio show will be LIVE on air September 25, 2014 @ 6PM EST / 3 PM Pacific.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/whaleystudios

Listeners can call in during the show via phone, skype, or directly connect via the blog talk website.

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Co:Operation GARNISH

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 exhibition cooperatively arranged by Rachel Timmins and Brigitte Martin.Please join this group to stay informed !! This is the official exhibition blog.See More
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A friend of mine in Seattle, the inimitable Aran Galligan (who I mentioned before when her show opened just down the road from me at Seattle Pacific University), has an online wedding ring store, Aide Memoire Jewelry. I recently answered a few question about Aussie…See More
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