Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial 'we'. Mark Twain

Brigitte Martin

Crafthaus Founder & Editor

Professional Affiliation:

SNAG Board of Directors, 2012-2016

--SNAG Community Liaison--

--Professional Development Seminar--

--Fundraising Chair--

Craft Think Tank

- Creator and Co-Organizer with the American Craft Council

NCECA, Communications Committee

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 & 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.

SPEAKER

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:

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


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 Cooperative 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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Chicagoland, IL
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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 everything that's not securely nailed to the floor.

My inspiration: Architectural Photography. Bridges. Urban Environments.

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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!

At 1:59pm on March 21, 2014, Bryan Petersen said…

Hi Bridgette: What is the best way to post this years World Championship Belt Buckle Competition and Exhibition call for entries?

At 5:08pm on March 18, 2014, Elizabeth Johnson said…

Hello, Brigitte!  Thank you for the welcoming message, the quick overview and your friendship request. I will do my best to jump right in.  BTW, I'm pleased to see that you will be the keynote speaker at this year's ISGB Gathering, and disappointed that I won't be there to hear your speech.  Good luck!

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Scholarship Opportunity - Jewelry Historians

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 9:51am 0 Comments

The American Society of Jewelry Historians announces a scholarship award competition for current and recent graduate students. The award, to support and encourage new scholarship in the field of jewelry, includes a $750 scholarship, publication of the…

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Jenny Ayrton (UK) - Molten Wonderlands

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 8:00am 0 Comments

Jenny Ayrton captures miniature wonderlands in molten glass. Based on often overlooked everyday scenes she creates stage-sets upon which viewers may project their own story. A full-time mum six-days of the week she takes inspiration from the domestic world, often finding that the…

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Morgan Herrin - Carvings in 2 by 4s

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 2:00am 0 Comments

Based in Richmond, Virginia artist Morgan Herrin transforms the most humble material—laminated construction grade 2x4s—into spectacularly detailed figurative sculptures. His choice of imagery is surreal: a noble 15th century knight melts into a network of…

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Game Changers: Fiber Art Masters and Innovators

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 9:30am 0 Comments

A rich feast of color radiating from a large, handwoven tapestry of alpaca wool; an elegant choker necklace delicately twined and forged with 18K and 22K gold; a cosmic quilt, woven from mylar and holographic film; a Whisker Organ made of real cat whiskers, which play lovely organ music…

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Rule the World!

Crafthaus Online Exhibition

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!

Image above:

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

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