November 2009 Blog Posts (16)

Now through December 6, 2009

Urban Renaissance: New Visions of Jewelry and Sculpture



This exhibition features the work of over 60 members of the Metal Arts Guild of the Bay Area, exploring through a broad range of jewelry and sculpture what it means to live, work, dress and move in the complexity of our urban environments.



Arts &Crafts Cooperative, Inc

1652 Shattuck Avenue

Berkeley, CA 94709



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Monday-Friday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Added by Shana Astrachan on November 28, 2009 at 2:06am — No Comments

Week 23,547 of our weekly creative challenge


We really wanted to get in the studio, but we were ambushed by a turkey dinner.

Added by 2Roses on November 27, 2009 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

I think I need an Exorcist...

As a formerly trained artist/craftsman I sort of sold my soul to seek a living in the commercial realm of jewelry manufacturing- It is an awesome industry filled with talent, genius and a large number of dirt bags to say the least.



I feel blessed as I have always been allowed to express my opinions on purity in design, conceptual constructivism and "real" high craft craftsmanship.



Just the other day I engaged in a pretty benign conversation on another board focused on the… Continue

Added by Paul Bierker on November 24, 2009 at 11:13pm — 2 Comments

Metal



It is time to travel to the most wonderful country... Turkey !

Turkey has been the place where I always want to go.

So finally, I get the chance to open the door.



The great thing is that I will have "two person show" with Umut Demirgüç and this is why I go.

Show is from Dec 5th till Dec 20th.

If you come to Istanbul, you have to come to this show to see us !



The another great thing is that we met in… Continue

Added by Tadashi Koizumi on November 24, 2009 at 6:13am — 13 Comments

2Roses in new Lark Book

Just got our copy of Fantastic Recycled Plastic. There we are on page 121. Oh boy, our egos are out of control now.

Added by 2Roses on November 19, 2009 at 12:46am — 2 Comments

Electra, my wire sculpture (finished)

Vote for Electra http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/environment/2009/11/06/liverpool-chamber-of-commerce-green-art-competion-100252-25108868/

It did not win but Ilsa Parry won with her light shade Swarth made from swarth from turning metal on a lathe

Added by Alison Bailey Smith on November 16, 2009 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Quiet as a Bird

I found this dead bird the other day and couldn't resist picking him (don't know the gender, thought of him as a he) up to draw in the park. It was the most surreal moment. I had been sketching ideas for a bird pendant as I have been feeling very 'fertile' lately and wanted to do a piece with eggs. I had been thinking about ways to research birds as they are hard to view in the wild, when I saw this bird lying next to Brampton City Hall. It had obviously died recently and I pondered whether it… Continue

Added by Rickson on November 13, 2009 at 4:56pm — 4 Comments

New Life, New Blog

Now that I am a full time artist and am not in school I have decided to post my research, experiences and goings on in relation to my art, design, photography, jewellery etc on here, for you the people. I have always enjoyed researching but found it a nuisance to organize my research in a way that teachers, professors, and academics in general could follow my thought process. Now that I am 'free' I am finding myself wanting to record my research in a way that the public…you….can enjoy it. So if… Continue

Added by Rickson on November 13, 2009 at 3:54pm — 4 Comments

Inspired Hands

Thank you to everyone who came and made our 13th annual show such fun - it was wonderful catching up with all of you, and meeting those of you new to the event. All the pieces I made were a big success, so it's back to the bench for the Maryville University show.

Added by Deborrah Daher on November 13, 2009 at 10:54am — No Comments

f-bombing the arts

Love him or hate him, John Rose will be inflicting his offbeat arts perspective on the public at large tomorrow on the Jay Whaley show at. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/whaleystudios
Listen in - get an earful.

Added by 2Roses on November 11, 2009 at 9:44am — 2 Comments

Tips for Enjoying an Art Studio Tour

Fall is the season of artists' Studio Tours. It gives each artist an opportunity to show his/her artistic productivity for the first three quarters of the year. (Yes, some artists do have quarterly action plans!) This is your opportunity to see them in their own creative environment where "the action" happens. Studio Tours are a special event for both the artists and their visitors!



There are a few things you, as a potential customer, need to know before starting out. Here's my… Continue

Added by Denise Landis on November 10, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Latest Publication...

1000 Ideas For Creative Reuse





I'm in this book :)…

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Added by Stevie B. on November 9, 2009 at 4:11pm — No Comments

Two Shows!

Two Shows!






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Added by Stevie B. on November 9, 2009 at 4:10pm — 3 Comments

ACC Conference - Why the ACC is more famous for football than craft?

A rude awakening.

When I told a distant relative that I was blogging for the ACC Conference she was blown-away impressed, shocked, surprised!!!!!.....until she found out it was not THE ACC, the Atlantic Coast Conference (college football), it was just the American Craft Council Conference. (Although a D.I.Y. jewelry maker, she had never heard of them.)



A second blast to my ego arrived upon finding out that the blogger who writes "Monday Morning Quarterback" gets 1… Continue

Added by Harriete Estel Berman on November 3, 2009 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Looking forward

Is there a way to slow down the time? It seems like it's slipping past so quickly and i can't seem to catch my breath.



October has been a busy month.

- My 9-5 has been hectic and stressful and this has been one of several factors impeding my creativity.

- I have been rehearsing for the Halloween coverband show ( a west philly tradition) several nights a week to prepare for our show on October 30th (which was a blast and went surprisingly well).

- I spent the first two… Continue

Added by Adriane Dalton on November 3, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Where do I go from here.....

So When I was in college in the 80's I started this piece. It was my commentary on politics and nuclear proliferation. We where at odds with the soviets and there where enough missiles on the planet to destroy our orb of life a hundred times over-



Inspired by what I think was one of the best educators in the craft world at Buffalo State College- I sought to create a piece that was not only massive but had a sort of political tongue in cheek message. (Thanks Steve) I created an 8… Continue

Added by Paul Bierker on November 2, 2009 at 5:11pm — 5 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.

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