Archive for April, 2014
The Twin Cities have given rise over the years to a rich cultural scene of creativity and innovation. SNAG is pleased to feature several exhibitions in Minneapolis. Learn more about this and other exhibitions happening around the world.
Kristin Diener’s “Eyeball Pendant” is featured on the cover of the book On Body and Soul: Contemporary Armor to Amulets by Suzanne Ramljak. The exhibition Protective Ornament, in conjunction with the book, opens in May at The Metal Museum in Memphis, TN.
John Dodds, an Alamosa, CO artist and high school art teacher, was recently acclaimed in Metalsmith for his anti-trophy artwork. An article related to this was published in the Valley Courier newspaper in Alamosa.
Kaminer Haislip is receiving the Samuel Gaillard Stoney Conservation Craftsmanship Award on Historic Charleston Foundation Charter Day. Haislip is a contemporary silversmith located in downtown Charleston, SC.
In the past week, Road 2 Success SPOT ON has wrapped up our first focused discussion on making a living as a creative entrepreneur, and we’ve jumped right in to our new discussion on web presence and social media. April’s panel of experts is Gillian Batcher, Shannon Conrad, Victoria Lansford, Heidi Lowe, and Amy Tavern.
With just a little patience and a lot of pressure it is possible to get incredible results embossing etched imagery and text onto chamois leather for use in any project. Begin by selecting a sealed etched plate whose imagery or text you would like to have embossed onto a sheet of chamois leather.
For the past twenty-five years, Robert Ebendorf has been re-purposing existing materials by devising ingenious uses for the discarded and discovering ways to make the used into the new. Known for jewelry that includes everything from buttons to crab claws, he continues in his investigations into “representations.”
Ebendorf’s conceptual approach to jewelry questions the nature of adornment itself and explores alternative materials and ideas about the preciousness of jewelry. The creativity of his jewelry lies not only in the intellectual repositioning of familiar objects, but more in the physical transformations of materials that astonish the viewer. It is exactly this sense of astonishment that gives his pieces their value. The profound incongruity between what his pieces are made from, and what they become in his hands, engages the imagination.
Ebendorf’s objects are not simply about refashioning the mundane, they elevate the value of what might otherwise be thrown away or overlooked. By reassessing the meaning of the artifacts of daily life, his pieces often reverse the idea of what is precious. If the purpose of art is to locate and reaffirm values in our world, then this work is a most relevant mode of contemporary expression.