Material Concerns: Georgetown

Material Concerns – some writing I’ve been doing, with materiality as a loose theme.

Image taken by visual artist Melissa Cameron
Not your average mall…

I’ve been doing a spot of picture-taking and writing for AJF. I’ve started with a loose theme of materiality, for which I’ve just finished writing up a 5 part series. The first one was published just yesterday, which you can check out on the AJF website.

Deadlines November 2015

Deadlines. Srsly.

*****Newly revised: 18th of November*****

The second-to-last time I went AWOL on this post (yup, the one before last month…) I had people contacting me asking where the Deadlines post was. Thanks peeps 😉 It was gratifying, I will admit, especially because sometimes blogging feels like screaming into a gale at the end of a jetty; it takes a lot of effort, and to the uninformed outsider it appears like you’ve gone barmy…

Here’s most of the places I find this info. Of course, there’s usually still something right here, but just in case, y’know?

  • Artist Trust – Washington State, mostly
  • Juried Art Services – o’course they only know the deadline’s they’re operating
  • crafthaus – there you have to be a member (at last check it’s $75/year), but Brigitte publishes all the calls that get sent to her, and members post their own
  • Sign up to the newsletter of your favourite/local gallery, or to the blog of regularly occurring symposia/conferences, like the annual ECU symposium that always brings a wealth of opportunities.
  •  CaFE – Call For Entry site. Check out the site and sign up for email updates. America focused. (I’ve given up re-listing appropriate deadlines from their newsletter – it’s just too long…)
  • In the UK? Sign up to the benchpeg newsletter,  professional jewellery news, delivered weekly. Euro/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 your chosen portal. America focused.

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*TODAY – you have a few hours*  AJF Emerging Award: “Ambitious contemporary jewelry artists age 35 and under have until November 15, 2015 to apply for this international prize in contemporary art jewelry, which includes $7500 USD for the winner and an exhibition during Schmuck in February 2016 for the winner and four finalists.” Deadline of November 15, 2015.

*** The Afterlife. Exhibition using bones. November 20, 2015

*** Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center (CAFAC) MN. Wearable Art Show. Submit your work to sell during the holiday season! November 20, 201

***** Pratt Fine Arts Center is pleased to offer the Edwin T. Pratt Scholarship, providing opportunities for artists of color to advance their careers through education and exposure. Applications are due NOVEMBER 23rd, 2015.

***** ABOG FELLOWSHIP FOR SOCIALLY ENGAGED ARTLetters of Interest due Monday, Nov. 23, 9 AM

*** Obsession. Exhibition. Entry Deadline November 27, 2015

Jewelry Edition Workshop – Pittsburgh, PA. December 5th. Jewelry Edition is a web based exhibition and pop-up experience showcasing the work of emerging and early career jewelry artists. Two of its creators – Kat Cole and Laura Wood are hosting a workshop. Register by November 30.

*** SNAG Emerging Curators Program. Grant. Dec 1.

*** It Came From Under the Bench! Exhibition. Entry deadline: December 1st, 2015.

*** Twilight Gallery Call For Art – Small Work Under $200. DEADLINE – Monday, December 1st

***** Refined IX: Humor. A Bracelet, A Brooch and A Teapot Walk Into a Bar… Juror: Andy Cooperman. Entry Deadline: 12/4/15

Reis Nichols Jewelers is looking for a CAD designer/ bench jeweler to join our existing team of nearly a dozen jewelers. Closing December 12, 2015.

*** BAM Biennial 2016: Metalmorphosis. (Pacific Northwest Artists.) Submission Deadline (postmarked by): December 15, 2015.

*** 2016 National Juried High School Metals Exhibition. December 19th, 2015.

*** Typeset is an exhibition exploring connections between jewelry and literature. Deadline: January 1, 2016

*** and with moves like MacGyver. The exhibition will feature two pieces by each maker selected: one jewelry object or small sculptural piece displayed alongside a specialized tool that was created by the maker for the sole purpose of completing that object, with the premise that neither item would exist without the other. Deadline: January 1, 2016

*** MINT is proud to announce an all-media call to artists for “Where We are Going, Where We Have Been”. January 3rd, 2016

International Exhibition on Animals in Art – Baton Rouge, LA
The International Exhibition on Animals in Art began in 1987. This judged and juried show is open to all media. This opportunity closes on January 8th, 2016.

*** “Chaos” National Juried Exhibition 2016 – at Arc Gallery. DEADLINE: February 21st, 2016

*** BeadDreams, a juried competition of exceptional bead artistry from around the world. “NEW THIS YEAR: Metalwork category!” February 26th, 2016

Jewelry Industry Summit. “The Open Forum on Sustainability & Responsible Sourcing in the Jewelry Industry.” Planned for March 2016 immediately preceding the JA/NY trade show.

*** Houston Center for Contemporary Craft Artist Residency Program. 2016 – 2017 Call for Artists Is Now Open! Deadline to apply: March 1, 2016

2016-17 Artist in Residence Program – Mendocino, CA. The AIR program brings emerging and established artists to this unique art center in rural Northern California. The deadline for 2016-17 applications is April 11, 2016

Rolling + Undated Opportunities

*** Craft is opening up to expressions of interest from artists and curators in Victoria and from interstate for the 2016-2017 schedule. (Australia)

Interns Wanted – Austin, TX. CSJA is in search of a few interns! This opportunity closes on January 1st, 2016.

Artners Gallery, an online jewelry gallery selling fine art jewelry, is seeking new jewelry artists.”

Bag an Internship at Current Obsession Magazine. “We are looking for motivated interns for 2015 and it’s shaping up to be a fantastic year to join our team!”

Klimt02 offers to students (Master or Bachelor degree) or professionals the opportunity to undertake internships for a period of 4 to 6 months. We offer different positions depending on the candidate’s skills and profile. Work at Klimt02 isn’t a “bench work” and most of the time will be spent in front of a computer / thinking. For this role it is very important to be aware of what is currently happening in the jewellery field, how the industry works but also it’s a theoretical work.”

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) 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.


Half Time Instructional Support Technician: Suny-New Paltz

Research Associate for Contemporary Jewelry. “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 in the coordination, research, and overall development of the Dallas Museum of Art’s exhibition and publication of the Rose-Asenbaum Collection of Contemporary Jewelry.” Needs reading ability in German…

 Bench jewellers / Goldsmiths wanted – Nanaimo , British Columbia , Canada. Alchemy Adornment is hiring! We are looking for a talented goldsmith/bench jeweler to join our team. Apply to with a cover letter and resume. This opportunity closes on December 23rd, 2015.

Professor of Jewelry. Join SCAD Savannah as a full-time professor of jewelry to support this unparalleled program. No date on this, but the sooner the better.

***** Francisca Rendic Jewellery Designer, is looking for a jeweller with manufacturing and repair experience. Rendic is a tenant of Gaffa, Sydney.

*** The Cleveland Institute of Art seeks a full-time Technical Specialist to maintain and provide technical support for the Jewelry + Metals department. This opportunity closes on February 13th, 2016

*** SNAG is seeking a Conference Planning Intern. This opportunity closes on February 27th, 2016.

*** Assistant/Associate Professor of Art, Jewelry/Metals, Ball State University. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. March 10th, 2016.


Bright! Get some bright jewels among your bling – go on, you know you want to!


1/ I’m in Bright at Rose Turk–o! From the exhibition media:

“Bright and shiny. Sometimes wearing jewelry with a little extra spark can help remind us of how we shine as individuals. Art Jewelry has the ability to convey strong messages from the wearer’s body. This show consists of Bright pieces that add confidence and play to the world. On the body the work is bold, positive, and radiant.

This jewelry represents brilliant makers as well as wearers.”

Curated by Maggie Smith, Bright opened last night at Rose Turko, located at:
1202 N. Boulevard, Richmond VA, this is the second collaboration between The Dame (aka Ms Smith) and Kathy Emerson at this new space, and I for one am hoping it will turn into a full-blown residency!

Jewel for a wall - neckpiece Jewel for a wall - PendantJewel for a wall - red rhombus

Jewel for a wall - 8 rhombii. Melissa Cameron. 2014
Jewel for a Wall pendant, brooches and neckpieces. Directly above – 8 rhombii, assemblage made from multiple Jewel for a Wall pieces. Stainless steel, vitreous enamel, silk thread. Melissa Cameron. 2014.

For the show I sent a few pieces from a series that was begun while I was in Germany for the enamel residency with the Heat Exchange mob last year. I returned with the enameled parts to my studio where I welded, soldered and threaded up a storm, thus completing the Jewel for a Wall series. The Bright exhibition seemed the right place to debut a bunch of big and colourful works; some which are wearable on the body and others which, as per the name, were designed to be worn by a wall. The placement of holes that dot the rhombus base shape was carefully considered to maximise both the pieces’ jewel and wall-joining potential, with the colour palette similarly chosen to make sure that the many possible configurations would suit one another.

You might have seen on my Instagram feed that the works are up and looking great – it’s a nice arrangement on the wall with quite a few neckpieces in the group. If you’re a fan of my work as well as the bigger jewel / smaller collectible object you should definitely check it out. And, if you happen to call in over this weekend, you will see an amazing Trunk Show from the indomitable mistress of mesh, Caitie Sellers! Get along, her works will dazzle you!


Image of dress by Susan Pasco, taken from
Image of dress by Susan Pasco, taken from her site;

OK, I have one more tip for this weekend – and while it is bright, it is not entirely jewellery. The Susan Pasco Costume Collection – Art of the Costume is on display in Seattle at the Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theater at the University of Washington.

“In this wide-ranging retrospective of Seattle artist Susan Pasco’s work, mounted in collaboration with the university of Washington School of Drama, more than 40 distinct, historically-accurate garments bring late 17th- through early 20th-century dress to life. combining vintage materials, couture quality, extensive hand embroidery, and exquisite craftsmanship, each garment in Art of the Costume is a feast for the eyes and mind, alike.”

(above taken from her website)

I’m going to brave this weekend’s weather (it’s Seattle, what choice do I have?!) to see it, and since is on until Sunday you still have time to get over there.

Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 11-13 :: 12 noon – 4 pm
Saturday, Nov. 14 :: 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday, Nov. 15 :: 12 noon – 4 pm

I know Susan from practically every trip to the local sewing store, Nancy’s Sewing Basket, I have ever taken, where I see her remarkable and detailed work as modelled by her, so I cannot wait to see a room full of her exquisite detailing!

For your eyes and ears

For your reading/viewing pleasure – a few links I’m getting all ‘up in the grill’ of.


1/ There’s a lot of jewellery shenanigans afoot if you’re in the UK right now, but if you’re not, don’t despair – Junk: Rubbish to Gold are a multi-platform experience! The best place to find out what’s happening with these artists, who if you remember from an earlier posting are transforming tonnes (note UK spelling, y’all) of junk jewellery into fancy new art-jewel adornments, is to check the FB page or to see the feed (including mentions) on twitter. And of course there will be more YouTube videos like the above!

2/ An article that grabbed my attention today came from the mothership (ok, so home-land is so boring a te..z zz zzzzzzzzz) from Hazel Dooney. You can read up on her in your own time, but her post, a Declaration Of DIY Independence was a good kick-up-the-arse on a Monday afternoon for this slow-moving target.

3/ Finally – because 3 topics in a single post is such good number, (and hey, is even good in earrings – I have a couple of pairs who are missing mates at the moment and I can tell you now that I will never re-make their buddies…) I want to thank everyone who sent me warm emails and Instagram and Twitter posts after the last couple of blog posts I put up here. I did not expect, and really do appreciate, the kindness shown to me and the warmth of your consoling words. If I’m honest, it’s been a bit of a struggle to have the energy to do everything that I have wanted to, or would normally do without thinking, over the last few weeks, so now more than ever I appreciate the fact that people have taken the time to send an encouraging missive, in whatever form.

And on that note, I hope you’re all keeping well and enjoying the fruits of whatever season you’re currently in.