2014 – Minneapolis, MN, April 23-26
Hilton Minneapolis, 1001 Marquette Avenue South
Co-Chairs (see bios’ below*)
Emily C. Johnson, Britta Kauppila and Dominique Bereiter
Call for Presentation Proposals
Once known as the “flour milling Capital of the world,” Minneapolis artists, crafts-people, musicians, designers, and performers have taken over the long-forgotten grain warehouses and industrial buildings. Now a bustling urban center for creative culture, Minneapolis will serve as the backdrop for the 2014 conference to explore the relationship between the maker and the materials at a time when the materials and techniques are rapidly changing, and delve into what it means to be “hand-made” in the 21st century. After the demise of America’s traditional industries, a shift in social consciousness has emerged from the excesses and dehumanization of the global market, leading to the resurgence of people buying locally made objects and supporting their communities. “From Grains to Gold” will explore the growing trend of consumer’s desire for the “hand-made” and what that means for artists today.
Emily C. Johnson is a studio jeweler based in Minneapolis, MN. Emily received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a concentration in sculpture. She’s worked in the art and design fields since college, including work as assistant curator at a contemporary art gallery and Gallery Director for a high-end custom jewelry gallery in Minneapolis, MN. In 2009 she left to pursue her jewelry line, EC Design, full-time, and continually draws from her fine art background to create unique and sculptural pieces of jewelry. Often described as subtle, but edgy, EC Design jewelry is a playful mix of simple shapes and unexpected details. In addition to her collections presented in galleries throughout the nation, Emily creates unique custom wedding and commitment rings. Her work has appeared in Lark books, 500 Gemstone Jewels, American Style Magazine and Art Jewelry Magazine. Emily is a member of mnartists, Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association, The American Craft Council and SNAG.
Britta Kauppila is a Minnesota metalsmith and jewelry designer who splits her time between Duluth and Minneapolis. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth where she studied fine art and concentrated in jewelry and metals. Britta worked as design consultant, goldsmith, and workshop manager for a high-end jewelry designer in Minneapolis, MN until she ventured to pursue her jewelry collection fulltime. Britta is drawn to the contradiction of metal where something so hard, immovable, and structural can mimic the most delicate and soft pieces of nature through hand manipulation. She loves the relationship between the maker and the materials and appreciates the historical element of jewelry. Britta continues to grow technically and conceptually by continuing education through workshops and reading. Britta is a member of mnartists, NorthEast Minneapolis Arts Association, American Craft Council as well as SNAG.
Dominique Bereiter is an avid collector of jewelry from ethnic to contemporary styles. She grew up in Geneva Switzerland where she was exposed to art at an early age and developed a passion for jewelry and ceramics. Formally trained in the sciences at the University of Lausanne, she has long been intrigued the apparent use of scientific method in the design and presentation of jewelry. During her many years in Providence, Rhode Island she took numerous jewelry courses at Rhode Island School of Design. Since her time in Minneapolis she has continued to train and produce in the field of metalwork jewelry. Her work is shown at local galleries and has been presented at local art shows. She is a member of SNAG and the American Crafts Council.