Nothing better than making the front pages of your hometown’s major newspaper! It only took me 15 years, but here I am featured as the Style & Taste cover story for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 11, 2012! Wonderful article, “Silver, gold, Lego: Precious links to the past are jeweler’s gems“ by John Petkovic – we had a long phone interview back last fall and it was definitely worth the wait. HUGE, multiple images accompany the article (photographed by me, Aryn Shelander, and Christine Dhein). A different angle with this article, focusing on my Parma roots and start as a young recycling artist. Plus a nice quote from local retailer who carries my work in downtown Cleveland, Anne Van Hauwaert Fashion Design. If you’re in the area, stop in her boutique at Little Italy’s schoolhouse at 2026 Murray Hill #106, Cleveland, OH 44106.
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Seventeen shows were up and running for the SNAG Seattle conference (check out this map), can you believe it! We hardly made a dent in seeing them all, but made new friends along the way, and experienced some inspiring (and interactive) works, highlights from which are posted here.
Firstly, the geography show curated by Susan Cummins and Mike Holmes under the Art Jewelry Forum, in the conference hotel. A lovely show catalog is available for purchase online or at Velvet da Vinci.
Mobile Canada:Bringing Contemporary Canadian Jewellery to You was a clever show across the street in the parking lot, all within the confines of a mobile home. Suzanne greeted guests and word on the street is that there may be a whole gaggle of RVs with “traveling” exhibitions for 2013 Toronto!
Counterflux exhibition curated by Suzanne Ramiljak at G. Gibson Gallery- wonderfully large and unusual wearable objects; well displayed and styled. Great use of color on walls. I love that Christine Dhein’s circuit board breastplate was grouped with Kiff Slemonsdark pencil breastplate!
ComLink: New Work: Jana Brevick solo exhibition at SOIL gallery was the most fun opening by far, as Jana encouraged people to put on her found object pieces for a personal photo shoot, she behind the camera. Ham bone time! See more images posted on her facebook. LOVE the display tools, literally wrenches attached to the wall and small clamps and styrofoam inserts for center displays.
Pride of Paper:Kiff Slemmons and Arte Papel Oaxaca at 3 x 10 was BREATHTAKINGLY GORGEOUS – and even more amazing was having Kiff there to talk about the process and the work. Her styling of the show was impeccable and yet so simple. So much work over 10 years of collaborating with the artists from Oaxaca. The “Bones” table of all-white pieces was beautiful, very Louise Nevelsonesque. Read more about it in the current issue of Metalsmith Magazine.
What a full, fulfilling day at Miami University, Ohio! After 5 hours of driving through a typical NE Ohio snowstorm (well at least through Columbus), we arrived Tuesday to the picturesque town of Oxford, home of Miami University. Not so used to major snow down here, they had actually shut down campus early. I guess it’s all relative; seemed like a tame Syracuse winter day to me, but not everyone has had an arctic college experience. Anywho, check out these street banners! That top image look familiar? Yes, it’s a closeup of my Duchess 2 lego necklace! Fantastic; I’ve already got a good word in to get one of those at the end of the show in July. Wouldn’t it make a wonderful tote bag, or even just hang in the hallway!!!
This morning’s workshop “Top 10 Tips for Post Grad Success” was a small but serious group of metals grad students (led by Susan Ewing), who were super attentive and eager for the info. I managed to cram my 4.5 hour workshop into almost 2 hours. Did a few less interactive segments and flew through the info. Gave them their Resource packet, updated with a Green section including Christine’s “Making Eco Friendly Choices” article from Art Jewelry magazine, May 2009.
Had a great discussion at lunch with Curator of Exhibitions Lena Vigna (soon to be Curator of Exhibitions at Racine Art Museum, WI!) and Associate Dean of Fine Arts and Metals Chair, Susan Ewing (talk about major multi-tasking in the workplace). She’s taking her students back to Prague with her this summer, those lucky devils, it sounds so inspiring (i want to go to there).
The Adornment and Excess Exhibition is really worth visiting Miami (wait til spring, though) and the Miami University Art Museum is quite the facility with a very gracious, welcoming staff and a HUGE permanent collection (Syracuse didn’t even have anything like it on campus). My pieces were displayed right up front along with looping digital images on the imac of people wearing my work.
Across from my work is Harriete’s set of 3 recycled tin bracelets: Prestige, Value, and Identity.
One of my favs is a series of repurposed/transformed costume jewelry by Meg Drinkwater. She takes masses of pearls, vintage costume jewelry and encases them from behind in resin into solid, massive necklaces. Makes me want to do more of my own Radical Jewelry Makeover!
Speaking of which, RJM has a presence in this show, smartly done with not only finished jewelry pieces from past RJMs around the country, but a huge wooden bin of “raw” materials (old junk jewelry) and a video installation with interviews from participants and organizers (see image below). And to my delight, Christina Miller, co-founder of Ethical Metalsmiths and the RJM was present at tonite’s lecture! She now resides in Oxford. Talk about small world! RJM is gearing up for Australia this summer! Check out the RJM blog for the latest updates!So much smart work, I would be remiss not to mention the performance metalsmith, Gabriel Craig, who will be concluding the events at MU on Earth Day this April bringing his Pro Bono Jeweler interactive performance to the Shriver Center (student center). Here in the exhibit plays 2 of his street performances as well as some of the polymer clay “freebie” rings made during the event. Check out his blog, Conceptual Metalsmith to see his latest street video, The Gospel According to Craft.
In the spirit of trash into treasure, the work of Shari Pierce and her Mi Casa Su Casa /Cardboard democracy series is a well-executed display. The larger than lifesize, recycled cardboard necklace hangs suspended in the middle of the space (begging the viewer to get as close as they dare) with large photographs on the wall behind of the environments where the materials were collected. Also, her colorful cardboard purses hang exposed on the opposite wall next to photos as well.
This evening’s Sustainability and Creativity lecture was very well attended by architecture, sculpture, and metals students and staff. Lena Vigna began the evening with an overview of the Adornment exhibition and her process in curating the show. Mary Ben Boham (Dept Architecture) presenting 3 positions on the positives and pitfalls of trying to design sustainable buildings, bottom line being “How are People being served”? Rod Northcutt (Dept Sculpture) bringing the focus on sustainability of materials and as artists being conscious of our process. I spoke last, speaking to how I work as a recycling artist and my progression from using jewelry as an outlet of personal Expression, to sharing it as an Experience on a public level, to Community outreach.
To round off the evening’s discussion, Curator of Education, Cynthia Collins gathered us up for an intimate round table discussion, which was led by grad student Lisa Wilson, the opening question being “What is the creative person’s role in moving a community towards sustainability?” Is it a grass roots movement or does success come from the top down? All of the above, but how can we instigate change? What small step can each person do towards living a more sustainable lifestyle? Ironically, people mentioned San Francisco multiple times (not me, by the way) and the mandates being given to get residents to comply such as citywide composting, elimination of styrofoam and plastic bags in stores. Realistically, people need to be threatened with fines in order to bring about citywide compliance (and still I find myself constantly resorting the misplaced trash/recycling/compost at work and in the neighborhood). Cynthia made an astute remark that got everyone thinking: last year’s Federal Mandate for HD TV. When is the last time that something was required by everyone on the Federal level? And to boot, there were no riots in the street, rather lots an lots of CRT screens and electronic waste. What does that say about our culture? It would be my wish to see recycling become a federal mandate as well as federal subsidized organic farms. I’m curious, if people were asked what they value more their TV or their health and grandchildren’s health, what would the nation as a whole choose?
Some rapid-fire catching up to do, and can’t believe I haven’t posted this awesome article from California Home + Design magazine Nov/Dec 2009 issue. Writer Mikhail Romain picked my to feature in his Building Blocks article. Much thanks to Raymond McKenzie, buyer at the San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design and my roomie Christine Dhein for getting my image to the magazine while I was in Europe!
The opening reception for re/PURPOSE at the African American Art and Culture Complex was quite the turnout last Thursday–besides the show that Christine and I are in (there we are in the photo to the left), the Simply Nina show upstairs had its opening as well. Not only did so many artists show up, but city officials like Ross Mirakami (District Supervisor) came to celebrate the newly renovated spaces (next month the city will have an official ribbon cutting, since funding for the renovations have come from the city). In the downstairs gallery, each of our jewelry-wearing mannequins sits statuesquely in their own window, facing the lobby. Just before we left at 8pm, we got in a little papparazzi action in front of our work. Check out more photos on my flickr.
Come join Christine Dhein and I for another fabulous Recycled Artwork exhibition, called “re/PURPOSE“, at the African American Art & Culture Complex. The Opening Reception is this Thursday, July 23 from 6-8pm. Our lovely mannequin possé is out yet again, sporting circuit boards and LEGO pieces, in a primo spot, enticing you to enter the show…. Other artists in the show (curated by the lovely Samara Rivers) include: Evan Bissell, Wosene Kosrof, Moses Nornberg, and William Rhodes. Should be a great party: funk dj and wine and cheese for our show, and another art opening upstairs, “Simply Nina“, celebrating Nina Simone, with a live jazz singer singing Nina’s songs.
The AAACC is located at 762 Fulton St @ Webster. Stop by and say hi!
Thanks to Jessica Fromm’s article “Art as Fashion” in last week’s Metro Silicon Valley, I had great success at Palo Alto Art Center’s STYLE 2009. An all day event, starting with a special breakfast at 9:30am, and catered lunch by former Google chef, Charlie Ayers, who now has his own restaurant, Calafia (the name of which is supposedly the origin of our state’s name). As Liz Lemon would say, “I want to go to there!” A busy day all around, you wouldn’t have known that a recession was going on with all the shopping bags; can I get an Amen over here for the “LEGO lady”!
And for those of you who are surprised by the non-LEGO accompanying image, well, so am I. Don’t be fooled by the caption; it was a misprint. While, yes, that is me in the photo, pre-red streaks (photo credit to Christine Dhein), the incredible circuit board ensemble here is by the lovely Reed Easley–her “Electronic Empire Series”. I notified the editor and writer and was assured that a correction would be printed with the correct artist names.
There were so many great artists (and familiar faces) at this show; I was in superb company in the auditorium, where the jewelers and accessory artists were located. Carol Windsor had a super pro display showcasing her handmade paper petal designs, and Julia Turner had her exquisite collection of handmade wood and metal pieces. Plus NICHE winner and local gallery owner, Davide Bigazzi, and April Higashi representing her Berkeley gallery, Shibumi Studio & Gallery. Thanks to Diane Masters, “Empress of Style” for coordinating this fabulous event!
Gotta love those Google Alerts–just got one a few days ago for this posting on American Craft Magazine’s online Calendar for My First Royal Jewels! With less than a month left for the exhibition, it’s great to have some press to remind folks to get over to the museum before it’s too late. Much thanks to PR Queen Christine Dhein for getting my press release out into the world!
Mark your calendars for this Sunday, Nov 9 from 1-3pm when I and fellow Critique Collective members are hosting a Meet the Artists Open House at the San Francisco Museum of Craft+Design. Artist walkthrough/tour begins at 1:30. I’ll be giving a tour of My First Royal Jewels Jewellery Collection LEGO necklaces, and the Collective will be talking about the Jewelry_cycle exhibition.
Jewelry_cycle:Artists Discover Hidden Sparkle in the Discarded is an educational showcase of wearable treasures made from re-purposed and re-cycled materials. With the idea of an exhibition in mind, co-curators Christine Dhein and Christoph Koch asked the Critique Collective to create wearable art from a variety of small, discarded circuit boards. Circuit boards are commonly made from fiberglass, epoxy resin, and a variety of metals, which is likely to be one third of the material. These metals include copper, silver and gold, which add a precious element to what would otherwise be considered e-waste. These artists discovered the hidden potential, and transformed these materials to create brilliant, sparkling jewels.
Participating artists are: Shana Astrachan, David Casella, Christine Dhein, Reed Easely, Aimee Golant, Christoph Koch, Kelly Nedderman, and myself. Shout out to Christine for working extra hard to have the exhibit be super clean and pro looking! Check out Julian on the job!
Come join us and learn some facts about environmental waste and how you can do your part to lesson your carbon footprint while being creative! Plus sit down and make your own jewelry from recycled toy parts at the MakeArt:Jewelry + Objects self-serve table that I developed.
In the midst of setting up the SF Museum of Craft+Design show, I managed to whip out a necklace for Ethical Metalsmith’s Radical Jewelry Makeover. Revere Academy students were at it for 3 days and by the last night I couldn’t resist the piles of random costume jewelry and other jewelry bits. So, why not pull another all-nighter, this time channeling the ever-fabulous Vivianne Westwood! Way too much fun, wish I could have kept it, but here is the result, a collage necklace. Titled “Dia de los Muertos de Westwood“, named mainly for the skeleton charm that started the whole deal, along with having been inspired by the Westwood show that was at the De Young museum awhile back. (model photo by Christine Dhein).
The piece is now on exhibit at Velvet da Vinci, SF through Nov 9. It is for sale, one of the more pricey items at $300. Proceeds benefit Ethical Metalsmiths. If you’re in town, please check it out!
Some other works by Revere folks: Jenny Reeve’s ring
Christine Uemura’s ring/pendant/brooch
Elizabeth Oppenheim’s plastic pendants