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Brigitte Martin

Crafthaus Founder & Editor

Professional Affiliation:

SNAG Board of Directors, 2012-2016

Chair Fundraising & Development (2014-2016)

Community Liaison (2012-15)

Chair, Professional Development Seminar (2015-16)

Craft Think Tank

- Founder and Co-Organizer with the American Craft Council

Member American Craft Council

Member Society of North American Goldsmiths

 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

Featured in American Craft Magazine

July/August 2015

A u t h o r:

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

Articles:

"Undercurrents of Intimacy" - Joshua Kosker

American Craft Magazine, Feb/March 2016, pg.38/39

Creator & Co-Organizer:
 Craft Think Tank

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

  • June 2015, Chicago, IL
  • Oct 19-21, 2017, Los Angeles, CA

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.

S P E A K E R

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





J U R O R:

  • 2016 HALSTEAD Design Challenge (Kinetic Brooches)
  • 2016 LEAP Award, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2015 ISGB Advancement Fellowship
  • 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
  • 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


E X H I B I T I O N S


2016

The Halstead Design Challenge. Co-Organized and juried with Hilary Halstead Scott, President, Halstead Beads, AZ

A juried show of new kinetic brooches assembled from a challenge kit and found objects. Exhibition at Blue Spiral, May 18-21, 2016 during the SNAGNeXt conference in Asheville, NC.

2015-2016

Co:Operation Garnish, a touring exhibition. Co-organized and curated with Rachel Timmins. An exhibition of collaboratively created work by metal/jewelry artists who work in decidedly different styles.

 

  • 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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What media do you work with?
I enjoy working with people and value collaborative efforts. In my spare time (ha ha ha) I work with every material that's not securely nailed to the floor.

My inspiration: Architectural Photography. Bridges.

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At 7:16am on February 2, 2016, Ria Lins said…

Hello Brigitte, thanks for your warm welcome. I will try to figure it out and send some pictures soon.

I am working on my new show in Vienna at the V&V Galerie. I'll send full info to.

Warm regards from Belgium,

Ria

At 9:32am on January 27, 2016, Luis Méndez Artesanos said…

Thank you very much.

All the best.

Luis

At 12:37pm on January 8, 2016, Jonathan Leo Brown said…

Thanks for the comments Brigitte.  It is great to be back on Crafthaus. 

At 3:41pm on November 30, 2015, Sandra Murray said…

Thank you so much, Brigitte.  That's really kind of you to say that.

=(^.^)=

At 1:19am on November 8, 2015, Letitia Pintilie said…

Thank you, Brigitte.

At 2:19pm on October 19, 2015, Nuala Clooney said…
Hello Brigitte,

Thank you for the warm welcome and for using one of my photos of my work!
At 9:24pm on October 9, 2015, Jo DeSerio Jones said…

Thanks Brigitte, excited to be part of this community! 

At 6:19pm on October 5, 2015, Nancy Josephson said…

Hi Bridgitte. Thanks for welcoming me. I'm not sure exactly how I'll meander through this but I'm sure it'll be an interesting trip.

At 6:42pm on August 28, 2015, Tabitha Pearson said…

Thanks Bridgette! I am so glad to be part of this! I spend a lot of time alone and feel grateful for the opportunity to be part of a community. Looking forward to sharing with other members and seeing their work. Cheers!

At 4:20pm on July 13, 2015, Antonia Teresa Taladriz said…

Thanks for letting me be part of Crafthaus network!

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"Happy to See You, Too", 2016
16" X 12" X 9"
Materials: PLA, acrylic, plastic, oil paint, recycled reflexology/yoga mat
Technique: 3D printing, assemblage

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