In the past month, Road 2 Success SPOT ON has wrapped up its first focused discussion on making a living as a creative entrepreneur, and jumped right in to a new discussion on web presence and social media. A big thanks to April’s panel: Gillian Batcher, Shannon Conrad, Victoria Lansford, Heidi Lowe, and Amy Tavern.
The SNAG 2014 election took place in April. Here are the results:
President-Elect: Nicole Jacquard
Board of Directors: Sydney Brown, Dianne deBeixedon, Lauren McAdams Selden
Nominations & Elections Committee: Daniel DiCaprio
Thank you to all the candidates, to the members who voted, and to the Nominations & Elections Committee.
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.
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.
From Gwynne Rukenbrod, SNAG Executive Director:
In 2012, I was invited to participate in the first American Craft Council/crafthaus Craft Think Tank, where about 30 craft professionals gathered at Touchstone Center for Crafts located in Farmington, PA. There the idea of creating an identity statement for the word ‘craft’ was first discussed. As expected the conversation was heated and a great debate ensued. Fast forward to a year and 1/2 later and the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, located in Asheville, NC, hosted the next ACC/crafthaus Craft Think Tank, where we focused specifically on the subject of creating an identity statement for the word ‘craft’.
We explored if the word craft still had resonance and meaning in contemporary culture as a good descriptor of the creative work produced in studios today. It is obvious that everyone has their own definition of the word craft, but could we create a common language, feeling or brand around the word that everyone could understand within and outside of the field?