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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 E Berman on November 3, 2009 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

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 4:11pm — 5 Comments

Full Time Artist

Free at Last!



I just finished my Masters in the UK and have returned to Canada and I couldn't be happier! Not that I didn't love my Masters experience but working on my art and jewellery full time outside of school is exquisite!



I will be infusing plenty of energy into my online presence in the coming year so stay adrift with all the changes to my Crafthaus page and look for upcoming links to see more into my craft including my drawings, screen printing, wax carving,… Continue

Added by Rickson on October 13, 2009 at 10:15pm — 3 Comments

American Craft Council Conference updates from Harriete Estel Berman and Emiko Oye from our blogs.

If you are unable to attend the American Craft Council (ACC) conference, "Creating a New Craft Culture," October 15-19, two SNAG /Crafthaus members will be blogging from the conference.



Harriete Estel Berman and Emiko Oye, will post their thoughts and observations as the conference investigates "the inherent tensions between craft as lifestyle and craft as livelihood."



For more information about the American Craft Council conference… Continue

Added by Harriete E Berman on October 10, 2009 at 6:54pm — No Comments

Boyce Thompson Arboretum Group Exhibit

Added by Denise Landis on October 7, 2009 at 1:41pm — No Comments

Design Philadelphia at Wexler Gallery

For the entire month of October I will be exhibiting at the Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia PA. On the evening of the 9th. at 7pm. I will be giving an artist talk in conjunction with this years' Design Philadelphia. I will be debuting this neck piece and auctioning my Flex Ruffle Cuff with 10% of all… Continue

Added by Anthony Tammaro on October 1, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

Fragments Make The Whole

My current work is created from fragments of observation and perception of my environment. I record images during my daily journeys around the city streets of Oxford. Ornamentation and wealth is combined with alternative encounters in the city: graffiti, road kill, rubbish and road markings.



My jewellery consists of these images, which have been cut from old steel cans and fused together. In turn these whole pieces become fragments of new images, reminiscent of ornamental ironwork or… Continue

Added by Tamsin Leighton-Boyce on September 27, 2009 at 9:55am — No Comments

Hydraulic Press

As an aside to making jewelry, my friend Dennis Todd who is a master machinest has made a stunning 20 ton hydraulic press for the jewelry trade. Pictures and a description of this press can be view at:

http://www.pagoldsmiths.org/hydraulic_press.html

Added by Ed Ledner on September 23, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Can Factory in Brooklyn NY Dates

I will be selling my handcrafted jewelry at the Can Factory in Brooklyn on the following dates
Sunday October 11th
Sunday October 25th
November 8th
November 22nd
and
December 13th.

for more info about the Can Factory:
http://www.xoprojects.com/market.html
This is a great venue for all types of handcrafted arts.

Added by Ed Ledner on September 23, 2009 at 11:04am — No Comments

Ancient Art in AZ

I recently visited Canyon de Chelly in Northeastern Arizona to get re-connected to the spiritual vibes and visual inspirations that come from the area. We camped in a Navajo owned private campground called "Spider Rock Campground". Howard, the owner, plays Native flute music every morning to start the day. He rents tent and RV sites but also has primitive hogans for rent as well. And if you like to seek inner peace through traditional ceremonies, Howard has two Sweat Lodges. One is a Navajo Way… Continue

Added by Denise Landis on September 11, 2009 at 11:03pm — No Comments

Feng Shui Balance - Modern Decor

When designing a room for a client... one of the first things you need to ask, is how arty can one get? Designers can go all out, crazy with color, texture, and money... but when your client asks for simple and clean, this is what they should get. Not too many colors, keeping it clear of chaos and menagerie. This is a great example of good clean design. Simple furniture, simplistic colors and elegance. Mobiles adding a repetitive pattern from the… Continue

Added by Julie Frith on September 4, 2009 at 11:34am — No Comments

The Studio Chronicle

check out this nice little interview i did with http://thestudiochronicle.blogspot.com/

Added by gina alvarez on September 3, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

American Craft Council Award of Excellence 2009

Last week at the American Craft Council show

in San Francisco I was awarded with

the Award of Excellence 2009.





This is is for me such an honor that I still don't find the right words to describe my gratitude and satisfaction.

And now I must thank all the dear friends that strongly advised me to do the show and support me when I really needed… Continue

Added by Francesca Vitali on August 25, 2009 at 11:00pm — 10 Comments

Memory keepers, map makers, and material thinkers: the sustained offerings of craft objects

This is an abstract of a paper Tamsin Kerr and I are presenting at the Making Futures: Craft and Sustainability conference in Plymouth, UK next month.



Memory keepers, map makers, and material thinkers: the sustained offerings of craft objects

Tamsin Kerr http://cooroorainstitute.com/

Ross Annels w http://rossannels.com/



This presentation draws upon the landscape memoir work of intellectual Tamsin Kerr and the ecoregionalism of fine furniture designer/maker, Ross… Continue

Added by Ross Annels on August 21, 2009 at 12:38am — 1 Comment

At Craft Alliance, St. Louis, Faculty Show

Added by noel leicht on August 12, 2009 at 8:40am — No Comments

Listen to an interview with me and BlogTalk personality Jay Whaley

Listen to an interview with me and BlogTalk personality Jay Whaley http://www.blogtalkradio.com/whaleystudios/2009/08/06/Metalsmith-Bench-Talk-With-Jay-Whaley


The hour long interview can be downloaded or simply listen on line as streaming audio.

Added by Harriete E Berman on August 11, 2009 at 1:08am — No Comments

Going fAn!

Yesterday I decided to give FACEBOOK a try for promoting my paper jewelry work.



I have created (not without any problems...eheheh dyslexia made its appearance-see photo below!!) my FAN PAGE (http://www.facebook.com/pages/FRUCCI-DESIGN-paper-jewelry-by-Francesca-Vitali/120122162174)...for those of you who don't know what a fan page is, check the following link out http://www.facebook.com/advertising/?pages…



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Added by Francesca Vitali on August 7, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

2 Professors & Stevie B. !



That's Arkansas.



Which just happens to be where I went recently to be a juror.



Coincidence?



Yours truly, Stevie B., along with Associate Professor Erica Spitzer Rasmussen (Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN) and Professor… Continue

Added by Stevie B. on July 25, 2009 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

Need recommendation on polymer clay finishing/polishing techniques

I've been using an arylic varnish to bring the shine to my polymer clay creations but I'm finding that over time, they tend to either get sticky or they start peeling. Should I not use this method or is there a recommendation someone can give me on what they have found works best? Should I just polish and if so, how do you do that with polymer clay that has intricate detail without jeopardizing the detail? Thx so much.

Added by Sandy Lewis on July 21, 2009 at 8:18pm — No Comments

New Book

There's a new book called "Jewelry Design" that's just being published in China written by Shannon Guo. I cannot read a word since it's all in Chinese, but it looks like a nice book with lots of good pictures. My work, along with that of a lot of familiar faces, is featured through out the book. The piece on the far right of the cover is one of my brooches.

Shannon Guo is Associate Professor, Jewelry and Metals Studio at the Fine Arts College of… Continue

Added by Deborrah Daher on July 19, 2009 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

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