Happy over-eating

It’s time for all y’all to take a day off, enjoy some sun, snow or rain, and thinking about the impending New Year celebrations. Where will you party this year, and can I come?

Cos that’s what you’re going to do, whatever your stripe. You’re going to eat too much, and enjoy yourself doing it.

Christmas Ornament 2014

Thanks for sticking around another year,

xx m

Deadlines December 2014

December Deadlines, cold or hot, depending on how you take this month’s feasting…

December. Werd.

Also currently listed – teaching positions. There’s suddenly a lot of doors opening within academia in the USA – see the end for details.

Other places to find yourself some deadly deadline action:

  • CaFE – Call For Entry site: check out the site and sign up for email updates. America focused. (*** I’ve given up posting from their newsletter – it’s just too long…)
  • Sign up to the benchpeg newsletter,  professional jewellery news, delivered weekly. Britain focused.
  • Klimt02. Newsletter. Epic site. Enough said.
  • Snag’s Springboard – you can get that in an RSS feed, so each new entry will come straight to you. America focused.

*** This month’s new additions ***

Professional Artist, International / Artist Spotlight / Call For Artists. “The editors of Professional Artist select one artist bimonthly to be featured in the Artist Spotlight section of the magazine.” Deadline December 31.

Impact. “The Brookline Arts Center (BAC) invites student jewelry and metalsmithing artists to submit work that demonstrates the relationship between heritage and innovation. IMPACT will be held onsite in conjunction with the 2015 Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) Conference May 20-23, 2015.” This opportunity closes on January 4th, 2015.

*** SMALL BUILDINGS: built, unbuilt, unbuildable – St. Louis, MO. Opportunity closes on January 9th, 2015.

***Jewellers wanted for 2015 Exhibition, Attitude As Form. Proposal Due: 10 January

Call for expressions of interest for 2015 Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition ‘Attitude As Form’. ” A touring exhibition that will be shown first at the Queensland Collage of Arts and then at Gaffa Gallery to coincide with the Jewellers & Metalsmiths Group Australia Conference in Sydney.” For Australia-based artists. Proposal Due: 10 January, 2014.

Metalsmith magazine, 2015 Curated “Exhibition in Print” — Call for Related Work for Moved by Metal: On Beauty as Interaction. Guest Curator, Wendy Steiner. Deadline the 15th of Jan, 2015.

*** 2015 Internships and Apprenticeships at SCC‏. Deadline the 15th of Jan, 2015

The Power And The Beauty. At the gallery Alchemy 9.2.5., Boston. Deadline for application: 1/30/15

The Emerging Artist Platform Award + The Emerging Writer Platform Award from Sienna Gallery. Submission start October 1st, entries due Jan 31st, 2015.

Call for Entries: Mindful: Exploring Mental Health through Art. Exhibition at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, submission proposals due Feb 1st, 2015.

*** Call for Artists: ‘Mimesis’ Amberif Design Award 2015 – Poland. February 9, 2015

CAST: “We are seeking high quality images of cast jewelry and objects.” Authors Jen Townsend and Renee Zettle-Sterling (SNAG President Renee and board member Jen) are calling for images of cast pieces, as well as the casting process. Application dates: Aug 1, 2014 – Feb 1, 2015.

*** FOUNTAINHEAD FELLOW – Richmond, VA. Deadline: Feb 15, 2015.

Cooperation Garnish. “Metalsmith and jewelry artists are asked to form two-person working partnerships.  Each pairing should consist of a maker who self-describes as “traditional,” the other self-describing as using nontraditional materials and/or decidedly current techniques. In essence: 2 diverse approaches should be clearly evident in the resulting work.” Deadline: Feb 15, 2015.

2015 Taiwan International Metal Crafts Competition. Metal artists accepted in jewellery and object categories. Applications accepted February 9, 2015-February 22, 2015.

CALL FOR RESIDENT ARTISTS! Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. “3, 6, 9, and 12 month residencies available.” My SNAG mistress Caitie Sellers was amongst the residents last-and-this year, and the results speak for themselves! Application deadline : March 1, 2015.

The Françoise van den Bosch Foundation invites jewellery artists from outside the Netherlands to apply for an annual two months working period in a studio in Amsterdam during the months May – June. Application deadline : March 14, 2015.

Call for papers craft+design enquiry Issue 8 (2016)  ‘Global Parallels: Production and Craft in Fashion and Industrial Design Industries.’ Expressions of Interest close on 30 April 2015.

American Society of Jewelry Historians, scholarship award competition, for current and recent graduate students. Deadline June 15, 2015

Radiant Pavilion. Melbourne. 1st – 6th September, 2015. I can’t explain this incredible event in one line, just go to the website. Or Klimt02.

Rolling + Undated Opportunities

*** Research Associate for Contemporary Jewelry – Dallas, TX. The Research Associate for Contemporary Jewelry is a 2-year, full-time appointment with primary responsibility to support the Margot B. Perot Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Design.

New Jewelry Artist Studio and Gallery seeks work. Paul Bierker: “I am opening a new state of the art production gallery in Pittsburgh PA… I am hoping to find new candidates to showcase in this location… I seek various styles with renewable materials as a big plus. Please message me here [Crafthaus] or send info to Paul (AT) Paulmichaeldesign.com. Pittsburgh Artists are STRONGLY encouraged to send work.

Artist in Residence in the Industrial Monument Jakob Bengel – Idar-Oberstein, Germany. 1-3 month residency for jewellers in the factory, including stipend and accommodation! Looks amazing.

Assistantships, Residencies, Volunteering & Employment at Touchstone Center for Crafts, Farmington, PA.

PORTFOLIO AND EXHIBITION PROPOSALS FOR LINCOLN CENTER ART GALLERIES – entry via CaFE, but instructions on the linked site (hint, scroll down).

The Peoria Art Guild. “Currently accepting submissions, and are sending out a call to artists, around the world and at all stages in their careers, to submit their portfolios for consideration.”

Commissioners’ Choice Invitational Lone Tree Arts Center.– entry via CaFE, but instructions on the linked site (hint, scroll down).

Contemporary Metal in Perth have updated their class timetable and there is some great stuff on offer. Check it!

Tributaries: Call for entries. The Metal Museum, in Memphis, has an ongoing call for exhibitions from emerging and mid-career artists. First deadline Feb 2013, for upcoming shows, and they keep applications on file for 2 years.

The Imperial Centre for the Arts + Sciences in North Carolina have a permanent exhibition call out, with shows booked 2-3 years in advance.

Teaching – full time faculty

These are generally Associate Professor/Tenure Track positions, and are listed alphabetically.

Kent State, Ohio. Deadline February 26th, 2015.

Rhode Island School of Design. Deadline – until filled.

San Diego State. “Review of applications will begin September 9th, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.”

Suny New Paltz, New York. 2 positions available. Deadline December 2nd, 2014.

Co:operation Garnish – sample works

The Co:operation Garnish experiment between Melissa + Sean Macmillan has already netted 2 neckpieces!

I sizzled in the last post; the Co:operation Garnish experiment between Melissa + Sean Macmillan has already netted 2 neckpieces, in stainless steel and vitreous enamel with titanium hinge pins. These are the test pieces – a sort of proof of concept. The actual part that will allow Sean to work his magic was sent to the laser cutter earlier today.

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Co:operation Garnish

Cooperation, collaboration, unification. By makers who are about 6 or 7 hours flying time from one another.

Cooperation GARNISH pattern- tests

A little while back I posted on Crafthaus, waaaay down in the termite mound somewhere, that I that I’ve teamed up with another maker to have a bash at this exhibition. What exhibition? Read on…

Sean Macmillan got in contact with me to see if I would be interested in collaborating with him for the Co:operation GARNISH show, being curated by Rachel Timmins and Brigitte Martin. After some initial discussions about our suitability (it’s meant to be a collaboration of unlike forces aimed at building links between a fairly disparate jewellery community,) we decided that a large-sculpture-making, techno-challenged academic in Slippery Rock and a delicate-jewellery-making, CAD-using, basement-studio-hermit from Australia was about as different as we needed to be!

True to my roots, I got straight into drawing a pattern in Cad, which we had both agreed, over a long text-message conversation, needed to be ‘lacy’. And true to his, Sean produced a mobile-phone image of a model that was clearly hand sketched before being cut-out, made out of computer-paper and masking-tape, with felt-tip-marker line-work clearly visible across the pages.

Cut to a few months later, and here are some images of the sample squares of pattern that I’ve had cut, checked out and then sent off to Sean to play with. (Notice the miscommunication with the laser-cutters resulted in the lead-ins being on the wrong side of the line – we’re after the sheet more than the ‘drop-outs’ in this instance as that’s what Sean will work with.)

Next time, what I’ve done with those drop out parts – the pieces I’m calling the pattern’s internals…

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Click to help Studio 20/17 in Sydney!

That’s what it says. Clicks will help this little gallery get a big website makeover!

Sydney Gallery Studio 20/17 is in a campaign to rescue their website, where they’re being pitted against other ‘local’ websites to see who can get the most clicks. I’ve been (patchily) remembering to go and click the link daily, but I am but one lonely web-user and my campaign of supporting them could do with a bit of a leg-up.

This is where you come in..

Go here and click on the ‘vote now’ button. It’s that easy! And then leave the window open on your browser so you can do it again tomorrow.

Thank you 🙂

The One Design Workshop in Perth gets Baubled!

One Design in the hands of a team of makers becomes a few more designs with a few more designers. Confused? Me too…

Back at the start of last month, on the 9th of November to be exact, I facilitated a workshop at Contemporary Metal in Perth. The One Design exhibition, installed in the gallery at CM, had opened the previous Friday night and with it the timber iteration of Clouds pattern had been put on display, fixed to the end wall. Now it was time to take it down and make something of all that laser cut jewellery in potentia!

I had seven eager participants, many of them local makers, who took to the challenge with gusto. It’s a pretty self-explanatory idea – grab the pattern, take it apart, wrestle fellow-participants for the pieces you like best and stitch, weave and wind the pieces into jewels that you like. For added interest, colour the wood surface to compliment your silk-thread choices.

The end result was… Well, many of the resulting works are displayed below for you to check out, but I was impressed at the unique array of very colourful pieces of mostly wearable jewellery, with the occasional object created for good measure. I had a collection of stainless fixings on hand, but makers being makers, many opted for their own mechanisms and for making fixings in precious metal.

As it turned out, three of the participants that Sunday are in the local Bauble Collective, who currently have a pop-up shop in Claremont in the Bayview Centre, and who will be featuring in the Fremantle Bazaar this coming week end. If you’re in Perth and surrounds I heartily encourage you to check them out – their display is great, not to mention the eye-poppingly beautiful work! (..and I say this as the proud new owner of one of Betty Walsh’s vibrant anodized bracelets!)

Many thanks to Claire (and daughter) for letting me in to take over the studio, on a Sunday, mind, for the workshop.

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