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"We must travel in the direction of our fear." - John Berryman, American poet and scholar. 1914-72.

Brigitte Martin

Crafthaus Founder & Editor

Professional Affiliation:

SNAG, President-elect (2016)

SNAG, Board of Directors, 2012-2016

Chair, Fundraising & Development (2014-ongoing)

Community Liaison (2012- ongoing)

Chair, Professional Development Seminar (2015-2016)

Professional Development Seminar (2012-2015)

Craft Think Tank

- Founder and Co-Organizer with the American Craft Council, since 2012

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

Featured in American Craft Magazine

April/May 2010

Published April 28, 2012

  • Hardcover, 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?"

 http://www.humorincraft.com/

Founder & Co-Organizer:
 Craft Think Tank

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

  • June 2015, Chicago, IL
  • Oct 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.

P U B L I C     S P E A K E R

Vancouver Metal Arts Association, Vancouver, Canada

September 26, 2016

http://vancouvermetalarts.com/blog/2016/06/07/lecture-event-an-evening-with-brigitte-martin/

ISGB Gathering, Albuquerque, NM

-Keynote Speaker-

July 15-19, 2015

ECU Metals Symposium, Greenville, NC

Featured Speaker

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, TX

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:

  • 2017 By Hand, A National Biennial Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition, Roseville, CA
  • 2017 HALSTEAD Design Challenge "Memento" (Photo Brooches)
  • 2017 American Craft Council Shows
  • 2017 LEAP Award, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2016 HALSTEAD Design Challenge "Kinetic" (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 biennially)
  • “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


2017

20/20 - An exhibition co-organized with metalsmith Sue Amendolara and 20 invited artists. Collaborative Project. Exhibited at Marion Cage Gallery, New Orleans, LA, May 2017 (SNAG conference.)

The Halstead Design Challenge "MEMENTO". Co-Organized and juried with Hilary Halstead Scott, President, Halstead Beads, and Samantha Skelton. A juried show of new brooches assembled from a challenge kit and photos. Exhibited at Blue Rhino, New Orleans, LA, May 2017 (SNAG conference.)

2016

The Halstead Design Challenge: KINETIC. Co-Organized and juried with Hilary Halstead Scott, President, Halstead Beads, and Samantha Skelton.

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
 - Luke & Eloy Gallery Exhibition Calendar:

"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
 - Luke & Eloy Gallery Exhibition Calendar:

"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 - Luke & Eloy Gallery Exhibition Calendar:


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


"Lost Spaces" (Solo Show: Artemis Herber)

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Where do you live ? City, State and Country
Chicagoland, IL
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http://www.crafthaus.ning.com
What media do you work with?
I enjoy working with people from all backgrounds and value collaborative efforts. In my spare time (hahaha) I work with every material that's not securely nailed to the floor.

I enjoy a good challenge and absolutely thrive in a crisis situation. Working well under pressure is what I do.

My inspiration: Architectural photography.

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At 9:40am on January 30, 2017, Ann Thompson said…

I hope to post more stuff soon--especially about working with kids.
Political scene is so upsetting at the moment that it is taking all the air out of the room. I'm trying to focus on local urgent issues in Maine; protecting our immigrants and environment.
Really enjoy this site. Sorry for the renewal delay!

At 5:19am on January 27, 2017, Marissa Racht Ryan said…

Great! Thank you Brigitte ~

At 3:21am on January 26, 2017, Marissa Racht Ryan said…

Thank you for the welcome Brigitte ~
I do happen to have some news coming.

On February 24th I will be having my thesis/solo exhibition in Florence, Italy and launching my new website as well.
It is a body of work that I have been working on for over 2 years called "Farview".

The exhibition will include a series of brooches in pairs, drawings, installation, and video. If anyone is planning to stop in Florence on their way to Schmuck they are welcome to come on by.

Location: Chiasso Perduto, Via Coverall 4r, Firenze
(right behind the church of Santo Spirito)

Opening: February 24th 6pm ~ with aperitivo
Also open: February 25th and 26th from 10 am-8 pm
or by appointment

At 8:09pm on January 18, 2017, Catherine Witherell said…

Thank you Brigitte, will do!

At 4:43pm on January 18, 2017, Darcie Beeman-Black said…

Thanks for the warm welcome! I am excited to get to know the community!

I will update my profile soon!

At 8:21am on November 14, 2016, Sandra Murray said…
Thank you, Brigitte, that's very kind of you to say that. Crafthaus is a very interesting and exciting place. Best wishes, Sandra
At 10:45am on October 19, 2016, Jenne Rayburn said…

Thank you Brigitte

At 4:32am on September 13, 2016, Karen Lester said…

Thank you Brigitte, I look forward to participating..

At 1:25pm on August 26, 2016, nisa blackmon said…

Thank you, Brigitte, for the Crafthaus Grant link!!

nisa

At 9:46am on August 26, 2016, nisa blackmon said…

Hi, Brigitte,

I was trying to look at the eligibility and additional information site for the Crafthaus Project Grant, but is.gd in the url apparently "uses an unsupported protocol" and I can't get there.  Is there any other address or link by which I could visit that site?

Thanks very much!

nisa blackmon

nisablackmon@gmail.com

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Rare Opportunity: Silversmith Apprenticeship at Colonial Williamsburg

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The primary function of the Apprentice Silversmith is to rediscover, learn and preserve the varied trade skills of the 18th century silversmith, including  becoming relatively proficient in the related skills of chasing, engraving, foundry work, and the casting and finishing of pewter,…

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BRON - Ruudt Peters Retrospective Exhibition

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Ruudt Peters is preparing a 44-year retrospective exhibition entitled BRON. Bron means ‘source’, a word Peters finds fascinating as he continues to investigate the inspirations and serendipities through which we can better understand ourselves.



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Kayla Staigvil, "Selene"

Brooch

Excavated Porcelain, Freshwater Pearls, Silver, Glass Frit, Simulated Blue Zircon, Moonstone, Resin.

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