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"Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you." --Witold Gombrowicz (1904-1969), Polish writer.

Brigitte Martin

Crafthaus Founder & Editor

Professional Affiliation:

SNAG Board of Directors, 2012-2016

--Community Liaison--

--Chair, 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

  • June 2015, Chicago, IL
  • Fall 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.

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:

  • 2016 LEAP Award, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 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


EXHIBITIONS


2015-2016

Co:Operation Garnish, 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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Where do you live ? City, State and Country
Chicagoland, IL
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Crafthaus Founder & Editor
Your website, DIRECT flickr or DIRECT facebook links where your work can be seen.
http://www.crafthaus.ning.com
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 7:51am on February 23, 2015, John King said…

Morning

Just a note to let you know that I submitted work to Artful Home several weeks ago. Hope to hear back in a positive way.  Any other suggestions as to where I can submit my work? Have a good day.

At 4:46pm on February 8, 2015, John King said…

Thanks for welcoming me to Crafthaus.  Glad to be a member.  However I do not have a site @ DIRECTflikr.

At 10:18am on January 25, 2015, Madelyn Smoak said…

Thanks for welcoming me.  I truly enjoyed meeting you at the ECU Metals Symposium this year.  It is a thrill to become a part of the Crafthaus community. 

At 5:21pm on January 10, 2015, Stephanie Elderfield said…

Hello Brigitte,

Thank you for the warm welcome! I am looking forward to becoming part of your community here at Crafthaus.

At 12:02pm on November 10, 2014, Sophia Park said…

Hello Brigitte,

It was so nice meeting you at SNAG booth, SOFA Chicago and I had a great time talking to you about being an artist from a foreign country. I really enjoyed volunteering for SNAG. Thank you for your encouragement. 

At 5:21pm on October 23, 2014, Ruth Packham said…

Thanks for the the information I will have a better look in the next few days. 

At 8:27am on October 10, 2014, Karen Lester said…

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

At 6:51pm on August 13, 2014, Erica Bello said…

Thank you Brigitte!!

At 10:36am on July 29, 2014, Marissa Guthrie said…

Thank you Brigitte for welcoming me!

At 11:40am on June 30, 2014, Cheryl Eve said…

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

Happy summer!

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