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"The chief enemy of creativity is good sense." -Pablo Picasso

Brigitte Martin

Crafthaus Founder & Editor

Professional Affiliation:

SNAG Board of Directors, 2012-2016

--Community Liaison--

--Professional Development Seminar--

--Development Chair--

Craft Think Tank

- Creator and Co-Organizer with the American Craft Council

Member American Craft Council

 

 Named one of the 5 "Best Art Curators In Pittsburgh" by CBS !

September 2012

Named one of "9 People to watch in 2013" by The Crafts Report!

March 2013

Featured on NPR's 'Radio Times"

May 2012

Author:

Published April 28, 2012

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing

Foreword by Andrew Wagner.

Essays:
Gail M. Brown:
"You must be kidding...",
Garth Johnson:
"Funk's Not Dead",
Kathryn A. Lichti-Harriman:
"Taking the Piss: Mistakes and Irony in Scottish Craft Groups",
Marjorie Simon:
"Wandering Thoughts: What's so funny?"

 

www.humorincraft.com



AWARD-WINNING FINALIST:

2012 USA BEST BOOK AWARDS

craft / hobbies / how to


GOLD MEDAL

2013 Independent Publisher

Book Awards!

"Humor"

Independent Publisher - 2013 Awards

Creator & Co-Organizer:
 Craft Think Tank

  • June 2012, Pittsburgh PA
  • October 2013, Asheville, NC


Bringing together leaders of American craft organizations, makers from all fields, business and marketing executives and other creative minds for in-depth discussions about the future of craft. Co-organized with the American Craft Council.

SPEAKER

ISGB Gathering, Albuquerque, NM -Keynote Speaker-

July 15-19, 2015

ECU Metals Symposium, Greenville, NC

January 16-18, 2015

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Lecturer, April 1-2, 2014

University of Iowa, Art Department

Visiting Artist & Lecturer, March 5-6, 2014

College of Visual Arts & Design, University of North Texas, Denton

Guest Lecturer, CORE Program, Nov 13-14, 2013

Craft Forward-ing: Conversations on Innovation and Entrepreneurship,
California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA.

Symposium Speaker and Panelist.
In collaboration with the American Craft Council, March 2, 2013


"What do we laugh at?" - Artist Talk and Book Signing


With special guest Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post Gazette Editorial Cartoonist.


Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA, Sep. 22, 2012

"Forging Entrepreneurs: Tools and Skills For Business Success"


SNAG's inaugural business symposium for independent jewelers and metalsmiths running small businesses.
 Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA. August 26, 2012


Artist Talk and Book Signing "Humor in Craft"
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX, July 14, 2012

"Forging Communities", Symposium


What does Success Look Like in the Jewelry World? (Panelist.) 
Symposium sponsored by the Metal Arts Guild of San Francisco, CA
November 12, 2011


"Communities: Hybrid and Hyphenated", Symposium
, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh PA





JUROR:

Co:Operation Garnish, traveling exhibit to various US locations 2015/2016, co-organized, juried, and curated with Rachel Timmins

59th Annual Boardwalk Art Show @ Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), June 12 – 15, 2014

2013 LEAP Award, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA

SNAG/crafthaus scholarship (Spring annually)

crafthaus project grant (Fall annually)

“FERROUS” - A cooperative exhibition between Velvet da Vinci Gallery and crafthaus, 2013

"Co:Operation Tableware" (Group Show, Fancy Gallery Seattle, 2011)


Craft Boston 2011 (Spring and Winter Shows)


AltCraft San Francisco (American Craft Council Show), 2010

"No Boundaries" SNAG Student Exhibition, Houston Conference


, 2009


EXHIBITIONS


2015

Co:Operation Garnish, co-organized and curated with Rachel Timmins. An exhibition of collaboratively created work by metal/jewelry artists who typically work in different media.

 

  • 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. New Orleans - April 1 - June 25, 2016.

2014

Humor in Craft, March 4-April 19, 2014

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
17 Fountains St. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Reception: April Fool's Day, 2014 @ 6:30PM

2013
Ferrous, A Collaborative Exhibition between Velvet da Vinci Gallery and crafthaus
- Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco, March/April
- 18 Karat, Toronto, Canada, April/May

2012


Humor in Metal, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, AZ

Humor in Craft, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA

 


2011


Cooperation Tableware, Fancy Gallery, Seattle WA, collaboration with Sarah Abramson. 
An exhibition of collaboratively created tableware by craft artists who typically work in different media.

 


2010


"Vessels and the Art of Containment" (Group Show)


"Hybrids" (Solo Show: Ana Lopez)


"Two of a Kind" (Enamels: Tricia Harding and Michael Romanik)


"Ceramic Expressions", Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh (Diem Chau, Laura Jean McLaughlin, Joseph Gower)


"Pittsburgh Metal" (Group Show)


"Repel-Allure-Adapt" (Solo Show: Christine Bossler)

2009


"Wearable Nostalgia: Deconstructing Barbie and Ken" (Solo Show: Margaux Lange)


"Paper or Plastic?" (Group Show)


"New American Furniture and Tableware" (Solo Show: Brian Ferrell)


"Metal Bloom" (Solo Show: Chihiro Makio)


"Evolution" (Solo Show: Michelle Pajak-Reynolds)


"Fibers Expanded" (Group Show)


"Double Vision" (Group Show)


"Theater of the Mind" (Solo Show: Benedict Oddi)

2008


"Laughingstock: Humor in Art & Craft" (Group Show)


"Lost Spaces" (Solo Show: Artemis Herber)

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I enjoy working with people and value collaborative efforts. In my spare time (ha ha ha), I work with everything that's not securely nailed to the floor.

My inspiration: Architectural Photography. Bridges. Urban Environments.

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At 9:27am on October 10, 2014, Karen Lester said…

Thank you Brigitte for welcome. I look forward to being a member of this community.

At 7:51pm on August 13, 2014, Erica Bello said…

Thank you Brigitte!!

At 11:36am on July 29, 2014, Marissa Guthrie said…

Thank you Brigitte for welcoming me!

At 12:40pm on June 30, 2014, Cheryl Eve said…

It's a pleasure to in this group! Thank you for all your hard work! :)

Happy summer!

At 12:42pm on June 25, 2014, Teresa F Faris said…

Thank you Brigitte! and thank you for using my photo in the banner (:

At 5:52pm on April 28, 2014, Linda Threadgill said…

Thanks so much Brigitte for welcoming me.  It was wonderful meeting you at the SNAG conference in Minneapolis.  I am very pleased to be a part of this vibrant and accomplished community.

At 3:30pm on April 28, 2014, Juan Fried Ortiz de Zarate said…

Brigitte - thank you for your warm welcome!  

At 7:51pm on April 15, 2014, Leo Genkin said…

Brigitte, Thank you for adding me to your wonderful blog. Lots of interesting pieces and people or should i say people and pieces :)

At 2:18pm on April 13, 2014, Heidi Abrahamson said…
Thank you! Sorry I have been absent for so long!
Have more time to participate now and look forward to it!
Heidi
At 11:50pm on March 26, 2014, Leah Hardy said…

Brigitte, I really appreciate the warm welcome to Crafthaus.  My joining has been long overdue and I certainly look forward to expanding my community here!

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A Show of Fact and Fiction - UK Crafts Council

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The Welsh Space Campaign, Hefin Jones, 2013. PHOTO: DAN BURN-FORTI

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Marine Life in Glass - Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka

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The Frog Museum

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In my current, highly irregularly occurring, explorations on taxidermy in contemporary craft and art, I stumbled upon this little gem: The Frog Museum in Estavayer-le-Lac, Switzerland, a collection of 150-year-old satirical…

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Call for Artists: INFLUENCE (of teachers and mentors)

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A call for entry as part of the 2015 ECU Symposium about the influence of teachers and mentors on our work.



Deadline Nov. 24, 2014…

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PollDaddy

 
 
 

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 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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