April 2011 Blog Posts (36)

Greetings Fellow Crafthausers

The application of a theme is sometimes well intentioned, if misguided.  More often than not they feel pinned on, stretched, or squeezed out of proportion.  I have participated in shows with terrible themes.  I have attended events that claimed to follow a unifying theme though no evidence was presented to…

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Added by Jillian Moore on April 29, 2011 at 10:14am — 1 Comment

That Chain So Crazy!

Note: I've been working on this blog post for quite a while now, and I'm honestly not sure it's going to make any sense, so good luck reading!



One of my favorite things about jewelry is it's role as a communication device which turns the wearer into a billboard expressing the wearers beliefs. Traditionally, jewelry also doubles as a portable…
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Added by Islay Taylor on April 28, 2011 at 6:04pm — No Comments

2011 Bead Dreams Finalist!

One of my beaded polymer clay submissions was accepted into the 2011 Bead & Button Bead Dreams International Competition!  I am thrilled beyond words!  I mean I am over the moon, feet not touching the ground, flying… Continue

Added by Marlene Brady on April 26, 2011 at 6:40pm — 1 Comment

Triumph of Maximilian

Anyone familiar with my recent work knows that I'm very keen on scrolls and banners! In Sheffield last month, I went to an exhibition of woodcuts by Hans Burgkmair (and others) dating from around 1512 and which were commissioned by the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I as a means of commemorating himself after he died. It seems that Maximilian I was obsessed with his own death and immortality. One of the most amazing features of these prints - for me - was the scrolls and banners portrayed in…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on April 26, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

A Busy Couple of Weeks for Me: Shamless Self-Promotion

Well, I have been busting out jewelry pieces left and right as of late. But it's all for good reasons.

 

This Saturday, April 30, is a very large craft sale in Rochester, NY called May Day Underground. I have more than doubled my normal stock in preparation for this sale. There will be over 100 vendors there, including a close family friend of mine since I was 2 years old who is now a specialty soap and candle maker. I will also be along-side my…

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Added by John Harris on April 25, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Gallery Loupe and Moss Collaboration

Gallery Loupe is pleased to announce a collaboration with Moss, the internationally recognized design gallery in Soho, New York.



A CASE STUDY IN CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY will occupy a designated vitrine at Moss, and feature a series of highly curated exhibitions of unique works in Contemporary Studio Jewelry. Each exhibition will feature work by a single international jewelry artist currently represented by Gallery Loupe. The exhibitions will change approximately every eight weeks. It is… Continue

Added by Patti Bleicher on April 25, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Post Show Report

The Freshest work at the show? By some standards*. I had a great time at the Smithsonian Craft Show, meeting wonderful artists, hearing people laugh out loud to my wearable wall piece "Hot Water", selling new multiples and one of a kind work. Although, some artists felt the show was less busy than last year and it did conflict with SOFA NY, which isn't desirable, I did pretty well for all new work and no mailing list.

 

*Edgy art can be polarizing with strong negative and…

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Added by Thea Clark on April 24, 2011 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Attai Chen wins Herbert Hofmann prize

We are so pleased to announce that Gallery Loupe will be representing Attai Chen, one of the winners of the 2011 Herbert Hofmann Prize. Attai is an Israeli artist who trained at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and is currently studying at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich.



His most recent series of work incorporates recycled paper along with paint, coal, glue, brass and stainless steel. If you plan on attending Collect this year, you'll get a peek at one of his… Continue

Added by Patti Bleicher on April 22, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

the SA Article as text

To those who followed the link on my previous blog and couldn't access the whole article, here it is in text form. Sorry for the inconvenience.

 

Author: Shelley Carson

 

He is one…

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Added by Gail Golden on April 21, 2011 at 10:41pm — No Comments

COSTUME COSTUME PHOTOS

The New York SOFA show was last weekend, and I was thrilled to have my work taken to the exhibit by Sienna Gallery and The Opulent Project. TOP organized a display called COSTUME COSTUME, which featured handmade contemporary jewelry by emerging artists who deal with the subject of adornment, costuming, and jewelry. TOP installed a photobooth in their space so that attendees of SOFA could…
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Added by Islay Taylor on April 21, 2011 at 7:48am — 2 Comments

Metal Prices and the effect on Craft

The number says it all- today Silver prices shot up over $45 dollars an ounce. I've never seen it so high- well, never have been really tuned in when it was high before...



In late 1979 I was in 8th grade, in Durham New Hampshire. We had just moved there from Newark Delaware a few months before. One of my memories of that time was a discussion that happened in one of my classes about the rising cost of silver- This was the time when "the Hunt brothers"… Continue

Added by Maureen Brusa Zappellini on April 20, 2011 at 6:18pm — 4 Comments

More on Gormenghast

When I was in my early 20s, I read compulsively Mervyn Peake's trilogy, "Titus Groan", "Gormenghast" and "Titus Alone", a remarkable body of work which is, superficially, fantasy writing: Alas! it is too often dismissed as such. In fact, what Peake created was a fantastical portrait of a rigid, class-ridden society on the brink of collapse, a parable for Britain in the early-mid 20th Century.

 

As mentioned before, a gift of a polymer clay owl skull prompted me to create a…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on April 20, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

COSTUME COSTUME

I'm excited to be part of The Opulent Projects upcoming project, COSTUME COSTUME, which will be making it's debut at Sienna Gallery's booth at the NYC SOFA exhibit from April…

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Added by Islay Taylor on April 17, 2011 at 6:59am — No Comments

the good life

I recently won People's Choice Best of Jewelry in the Millicent Rogers Museum annual "Miniatures" show here in Taos. My award is dinner for two at the Bavarian Lodge, which is an enchanted traditional Alpine restaurant and hotel deep in the high country at Taos Ski Valley (elevation, approximately 11,000 ft). Since the lodge is closed in the off season, I "must" wait till summer to take advantage of this special gift. What a pleasure that will be!

Added by Gail Golden on April 15, 2011 at 11:08pm — No Comments

creativity and eccentricity

I recently had 2 major surgeries, the first in my life. The recovery time is much slower and more tedious than I expected. My major frustration is not being able to get back in the studio yet and make jewelry. So, to fill the hours, I've been reading.

A Lot.

I love to read, but really. Can we just go whack on some metal now?

 

I recently read this article published in the Scientific American about how the creative mind is indeed different than a "normal" mind (See…

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Added by Gail Golden on April 15, 2011 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

SOFA at the Armory this weekend!

It's (almost) spring in New York so it's time for the annual Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair, better known as SOFA.



At the beautiful Park Avenue Armory, prominent international galleries and dealers present works from design, decorative and fine arts, showcasing the rich visual heritage of decorative arts including jewelry, ceramics, furniture, glass, and fiber.



SOFA also features an acclaimed…

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Added by Patti Bleicher on April 14, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments

deadlines, good bad and ugly.

Well, not really bad..or ugly...and, even though I think deadlines are useful, I'm not sure you could really classify them as good... so, it's established, my title kind of stinks...:-)…

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Added by Maureen Brusa Zappellini on April 13, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Granulation Workshop

From April 18 to the 22 Alchimia together with Giovanni Corvaja will be offering a Granulation Workshop.Since 1996 Corvaja has researched granualtion techniques in depth. The course will offer participants and overview of this ancient tradition as well as the experimentation of techniques using very low budget equipment. For more information contact Alchimia!!!!… Continue

Added by Alchimia Jewellery School on April 13, 2011 at 9:20am — No Comments

Beneath The Skin Exhibition - Review

Beneath The Skin

Sheffield Institute of Arts, 24th March - 24th April

 

Jivan Astfalck, Elizabeth Callinicos, Jack Cunningham,…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on April 12, 2011 at 1:27pm — 2 Comments

Experience SOFA New York with MAD

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Added by Brigitte Martin on April 12, 2011 at 1:24pm — No Comments

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A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

Arriving at this message is the goal of this traveling exhibition opening at the 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 April 1 - June 25, 2016.

DETAILS on exhibition premise, call for artists, submission guidelines.....

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Rachel and Brigitte got started on their own cooperation. Follow along and comment.

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