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Enamel time!

Jewel for a wall - brooches, wall work

Yes folks, it's getting close to enamel time. If you're in New York State in the middle of next month, you can come take a two-day class with me at the Enamel Guild North East annual workshops, and see me give a presentation about my work at the conference on Sunday the 22nd of March. And if…

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Added by Melissa Cameron on February 26, 2015 at 9:02pm — No Comments

CONNECTING THE DOTS - Virginia Statewide Artisan Conference- Highlight

Statewide Artisans Conference MEET & GREET:

Monday, March 16, 6:30 PM…



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Added by Sarah EK Muse on February 26, 2015 at 4:19pm — No Comments

A Strange Definition of Mental Illness

I remember hearing an article on Radio 4's "All in the Mind" programme about how the definitions of mental illness were changing due to the re-writing of a single book which is generally used to define all mental illnesses. A psychiatrist who disagreed with the new definitions pointed out,



"most people in the west do not consider themselves to be fundamentally happy... because the majority of the population do not consider themselves to be happy, we could say that anyone…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on February 22, 2015 at 11:53am — No Comments

How Etsy Alienated Its Crafters and Lost Its Soul

By Grace Dobush, 02.19.15 wired.com

I shut down my Etsy store in November.

I’d been a seller since April 2006, less…

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Added by Brigitte Martin on February 19, 2015 at 1:00pm — 13 Comments

Packaging Design

http://www.lushlee.com/electric-love-by-grain/

I recently received a jewelry item I had purchased during a fundraiser…

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Added by Brigitte Martin on February 19, 2015 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

UK Artist raises Awareness of Homelessness via Model Pigeons

Soho Pigeons

Dozens of rainbow-colored plastic pigeons have roosted on the lampposts of London’s Soho to raise awareness of homelessness in the city center. The installation of 50 model pigeons, curated by Sim Smith Gallery and designed by artist Patrick Murphy, went up in Soho Square and Greek Street on 3 February, and will remain there for three months. …

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Added by Brigitte Martin on February 19, 2015 at 10:34am — No Comments

Thonet Concept Bike

Thonet Concept Bike by Andy Martin Studio

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London designer Andy Martin has designed a wooden road bicycle for Thonet using the steam-bending processes the German furniture company first employed in 1859 for its classic cafe chair.…

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Added by Brigitte Martin on February 19, 2015 at 10:03am — No Comments

Kimono - The Importance of Patterns

Kimono, Japan, 1870-1900, Artist/Maker: Unknown

Materials and Techniques: Silk crêpe with embroidered and resist-dyed decoration

V&A Museum number: FE.14-1983

Gallery location: In V&A Storage

This kimono has a lavish overall design of…

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Added by Brigitte Martin on February 19, 2015 at 9:47am — No Comments

All You Need is Telstar: A collaborative international necklace

A temporary, transatlantic, creative partnership between Poppy Porter and myself sprang up for the purpose of generating a piece of wearable art for the Crafthaus Co-Operation:Garnish project.  The project is a traveling, juried exhibition that…

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Added by Ana M. Lopez on February 16, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

The Museum of Very Small Objects

"There is a whole universe of easily overlooked and forgotten things that remain unclassified. Once noticed, these Very Small Objects seem to exist in every niche and corner in…

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Added by Brigitte Martin on February 13, 2015 at 9:58am — No Comments

Rising Table Rising Chair - Robert van Embricqs

Dutch Designer Robert van Embricqs graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy on the strengths of his Rising Chair…

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Added by Brigitte Martin on February 12, 2015 at 3:04pm — No Comments

Cassandra Verity Green - Neptune's Daughter

Cassandra Verity Green is a London based knitwear label founded by 2013 Central Saint Martins' graduate Cassandra Green. Cassandra was the winner of the 2013 …

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Added by Brigitte Martin on February 12, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

CONNECTING THE DOTS - Virginia Statewide Artisan Conference

The Artisans Center of Virginia presents:

“Digital Marketing…

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Added by Sarah EK Muse on February 12, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Disagreeing With TS Eliot...

... I find February to be by far the cruellest month and the raw, icy blasts this year have not done anything to make me change my mind.

Light Snow



Lots of odd things to report on since my last post, including a box of "gingerbread gimps"…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on February 11, 2015 at 1:44pm — No Comments

Call: SNAG x Design Museum Boston

SNAG is pairing up with the Design Museum Boston to bring you a live fashion show event and fundraiser featuring cutting edge jewelry. Please read the whole call very carefully to see the opportunities provided as a participant of this project.…



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Added by Brigitte Martin on February 11, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The...breaking?...point

I am at that point. The point where the lid to the vial/locket is mocking me, refusing to do what I need it to, and where the to-do list is weighing heavily on my mind. The point where I suddenly fear going into the studio because of the failures that might happen. I know this point well. It's the point that I…

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Added by Catherine Chandler on February 10, 2015 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

Busy Beaver Button Museum

SNAG's Professional Development team, consisting of Andy Cooperman, …

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Added by Brigitte Martin on February 9, 2015 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Open Call for Maker Faire Chicago Northside 2015

Schurz High School , the Urban School Foundation, and local maker Christina Pei return with the third annual…

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Added by Brigitte Martin on February 6, 2015 at 7:53am — No Comments

The Furniture Society - Educational Grant Opportunity

The Furniture Society Educational Grants Program promotes excellence in the furniture field through financial assistance for professional development or special projects of an educational nature. The program is open to all current members of the Furniture Society.

Professional development grants…

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Added by Brigitte Martin on February 6, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

Call: Halstead Grant

It is that time of year again! Halstead is calling for entries to the annual Halstead Grant, which will be awarded this summer. New jewelry artists working primarily in silver are invited to apply. The winner will receive $5,000 in cash for their business start-up, $1,000 in jewelry supplies, and…

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Added by Brigitte Martin on February 5, 2015 at 12:45pm — No Comments

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