June 2010 Blog Posts (18)

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Added by Brigitte Martin on June 30, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Leo Sewell: "Junk Sculptor"



Recently, I had the great pleasure to speak with Leo Sewell, a self- described “junk sculptor”, living in the Philadelphia area. He was gracious…

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Added by Brigitte Martin on June 25, 2010 at 1:30pm — 9 Comments

What will the aliens think of this ?

I will pretend for a moment that this story is true:…
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Added by Brigitte Martin on June 19, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Mother Teresa Pointillism Portrait Wins!

Max Eberle, professional artist from Dover, Ohio, won First Place with his portrait in pointillism titled Teresa In Prayer. The portrait competition was sponsored by Fine Art America http://www.fineartamerica.com and focused on portraits of famous people in pointillism, a unique style of art which requires painting or drawing with dots or dabs. The competition included forty-one portraits from fourteen pointillists. Max Eberle’s portrait of Mother… Continue

Added by Denise Landis on June 18, 2010 at 9:08pm — 2 Comments

Castles in the Sky - Dream Projects





Everyone has dream projects, things they would like to do and accomplish if money, time and other hurdles were not factors we needed to consider.


What is your "Castle in the Sky" ? To learn a certain craft technique ? To do a crazy project ? To live by the ocean and play the bongos ? To be the crafthauseditor ? - Sorry guys, that castle is already taken.…
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Added by Brigitte Martin on June 16, 2010 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

SNAG Linkedin network group is up!

Hello SNAG members. The official SNAG Linkedin group has been launched. If you are a member of Linkedin feel free to join and spread the word to all your contacts. If you are not on Linkedin, no worries, just sign up and ad it to your ever growing list of web what not. Hope to see you there.

http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=3134794&trk=anet_ug_hm/

Added by Anthony Tammaro on June 14, 2010 at 2:31pm — No Comments

You're an idiot, thanks for asking

There's an old expression, "too clever by half".

Here is one permutation of that in real time.



We woke up yesterday, checked on our Etsy store, and there was a sale

from one Rhonda Ryan. Hurray. Nice way to start the day. Or so we

thought.



Checking with Paypal revealed no payment, but this could mean all kinds

of things. so we wrote:



"Hi Rhonda,

We have received your Etsy order for the 2Roses…
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Added by 2Roses on June 12, 2010 at 11:00am — 20 Comments

Las Vegas Jewelry Week 2010

Rolling down the Las Vegas strip at 10pm on a Friday night and it’s a solid 98° outside. We’ve been here before. Its going to be jewelry/hell week in Vegas. Saturday does not disappoint as the temperature rockets to 110° by mid-morning.



Ok, the shows are in nice air-conditioned casinos, so we’ll only have to fire-walk from show to show. We mention the weather as one possible reason for the noticeably light crowds in town. Having been to Vegas… Continue

Added by 2Roses on June 11, 2010 at 5:58pm — 1 Comment

Teaching in England in August

Hi everyone,

I'm going to be teaching at West Dean south of London near Chichester in August this year. The class is not full and I would love to increase enrollment. I'm teaching chasing and repousse and will be bringing a few copies of my book, "Chasing and Repousse: Methods Ancient and Modern" along. This address should bring you right to…
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Added by Megan Corwin on June 11, 2010 at 3:49pm — No Comments

Maker S.O.S.

For those of us who don't go the teaching route non-traditional methods of survival are always employed, but we can always hope for sales here and there to keep a glimmer going at the end of the tunnel. With the economy in the worst shape it's been for possibly two generations, I know I'm not the only one left wondering how to keep the show going.



I also know I can't be the only one reading gleaming reports from all of the major craft expos and wondering if I'm trapped in some parallel… Continue

Added by Jillian Moore on June 8, 2010 at 12:00pm — 21 Comments

NEW EXHIBITIONS online and on location: Suzanne Beautyman + Barb Smith exhibition

SUZANNE BEAUTYMAN (view)

BARB SMITH (view)



June 5 - 28





Both recent graduates of… Continue

Added by SIENNA GALLERY on June 7, 2010 at 11:52pm — No Comments

"Notes from Chris"

This is a hilarious piece of street theater invented and performed by artist Todd Lamb. I stumbled across this via one of my favorite websites, Lost at E Minor. Thanks, guys !


This is what Todd has to say about his project:…





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Added by Brigitte Martin on June 7, 2010 at 9:23am — 3 Comments

How do we define artistic talent ?

Are artists born that way - or are artists simply the result of some really good schooling ?
Also, the word 'artist' is being tossed around a lot - so, in your mind, what exactly constitutes an 'artist'/craft artist, and who gets to decide that you are/are not one ?
Your thoughts ?

Added by Brigitte Martin on June 4, 2010 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

OIl spill in gulf...

This oil seeping out and into our beautiful ocean by the minute makes me sick to my stomach. I think I'm going to make a piece ...maybe a flower or bird and drip some type of black rubber stuff on it....hum. Anyone else feeling the need to make a statement with their work?????

Added by Aimee A. Domash on June 3, 2010 at 8:28pm — 16 Comments

Earrings to Shut My Mother-In-Law Up

"Why don't you make nice jewelry that normal people can wear?" My mother-in-law is generally a sweet person, but our jewelry seriously disrupts the balance of her universe. We don't have the heart to let her

know that we actually find this amusing. Instead we made these, as a sort of offering/sacrifice. Unfortunately, we did not anticipate the law of unintended consequences, as this gesture simply reinforced her…

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Added by 2Roses on June 1, 2010 at 9:48am — 2 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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Instill - Material Matters 2014 - The School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University, UK

INSTILL- material matters offers an opportunity to experience the recent works by MA postgraduates from The School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University, one of the most important and internationally renowned contemporary jewelry programs in Europe.

Crafthaus has been privileged to show work from the graduating jewelry classes of the Birmingham City University for the past 5 years in a row. Thank you Professor Astfalck for this wonderful opportunity!

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