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“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” - Henry David Thoreau

Brigitte Martin

Crafthaus Founder & Editor

Professional Affiliation:

SNAG, President (2017-2019)

SNAG, President-elect (2016-2017)

SNAG, Board of Directors, 2012-2016

SNAG, Chair, Fundraising & Development (2014-ongoing)

Community Liaison (2012- ongoing)

SNAG, Chair, Professional Development Seminar (2015-2016)

SNAG, 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

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 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

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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/

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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.

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Published articles (click for links):

On our Radar: Yufei Song (online link available soon)

A bag of staples given as a parting gift from her mother, and the rest is history.

American Craft Magazine, August/September 2017

Ode to the Corner Store: Drew Leshko

Urban landscapes at dollhouse scale awaiting the contractor or the bulldozer.

American Craft Magazine, June/July 2017

On Our Radar: Luci Jockel

What do animal remains and Victorian mourning jewelry have in common?

American Craft Magazine, April/May 2017

Around Life's Curves

In an evolving career, Gustav Reyes found an early touchstone in wood.

American Craft Magazine, Feb/March 2017

Small Ant Workshop

Small Ant Workshop’s landscape-inspired bracelets.

American Craft Magazine, Dec/Jan 2017

Recomposition

With their piles of instrument parts, Lisa and Scott Cylinder are taking the components of one art form – music – and creating another.

American Craft Magazine, June/July 2016

Nature, Extracted

Metalsmith Sue Amendolara has found travel to be her creative catalyst.

American Craft Magazine, April/May 2016

Undercurrents of Intimacy

Unexpected materials render Joshua Kosker's jewelry unexpectedly intimate.

American Craft Magazine, Feb/March 2016

P U B L I C     S P E A K E R

Polymer Clay Association, Pittsburgh, PA

-Keynote Speaker-

November 11, 2017

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Vancouver Metal Arts Association, Vancouver, Canada

September 26, 2016

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

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ISGB Gathering, Albuquerque, NM

-Keynote Speaker-

July 15-19, 2015

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ECU Metals Symposium, Greenville, NC

Featured Speaker

January 16-18, 2015

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

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University of Iowa, Art Department

Visiting Artist & Lecturer, March 5-6, 2014

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

Guest Lecturer CORE Program

Nov 13-14, 2013

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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

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"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

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"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

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


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"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


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


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J U R O R:

  • 2018 CraftBoston (Spring and Winter Shows)
  • 2018 LEAP Award, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2018 HALSTEAD Design Challenge
  • 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, co-juried, and co-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

2018

The Halstead Design Challenge. Co-Organized and juried with Hilary Halstead Scott, President, Halstead Beads, and Jim Bove. A juried show of new brooches assembled from a challenge kit. Portland, OR, May 2018 (SNAG conference).


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
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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 under full-on pressure is what I love to do. Bring it on!

My inspiration: Architectural photography.

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At 3:09am on August 8, 2017, Quinta Essenza said…

Many thanks Brigitte.

Very glad to be part of this interesting and active community.

Roberta

At 11:00am on July 27, 2017, nisa blackmon said…

Brigitte,

thank you so much for putting my piece "symbihome" on the Crafthaus masthead!  What a very nice surprise to see it there this morning.  This was a commissioned work for two very dear friends & I know they will be tickled to see it on the website!

Thanks again,

nisa blackmon

At 7:22am on July 9, 2017, Leigh Leal said…

Thank you so much Brigette :) 

At 9:08am on June 7, 2017, Billie Jean Theide said…

Thank you, Brigitte!

At 6:37pm on April 26, 2017, A.Kimberlin Blackburn said…

Thank you for the Welcome Brigitte! I look forward to figuring this ... and especially seeing yours and others art. Aloha!

At 8:15pm on March 10, 2017, james malonebeach said…

Thank you so much for using my work on your page.

At 3:32pm on March 5, 2017, Susan Finer said…

Thanks for the welcome, Brigitte. You have a great place here - and your own work is gorgeous!

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

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Nisa Blackmon

"Symbihome", 2017

Copper, vitreous enamel, luster.

6.5"l x 4.5"w x 1.25"h.

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