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In Remembrance: Elise Winters

Elise WintersWe are sorry to hear that former SNAG member Elise Winters passed away on January 1, 2019 after a long struggle with cancer. Winters, recognized as one of the nation’s leading polymer artists and jewelry designers, grew up in Rochester, New York. Her formal education includes an initial arts degree from Syracuse University, and advanced degrees from Montclair and the New School Universities.

Her life as an art professional began in the 1970s with work as a potter and then turned to photography. Time spent in Japan allowed her to enrich her understanding of both ceramics and sumi-e brush painting. The Japanese influence, in both its reverence for nature and its respect for subtlety of design, has informed her work with luminous polymer clay jewelry.

Elise-Winters-Neckpiece-2009Winters’ work can be found in the permanent collections of 6 major museums. She and her work have been featured in more than a dozen of the most widely selling books on polymer art and in numerous arts magazines, the most recent being the Oct/Nov 2011 issue of American Craft magazine. and the June 2012 issue of Metalsmith magazine. An artist profile also appears in the Spring 2009 issue of Ornament magazine.

Information and images taken from www.elisewinters.com ; photo of artist by Barbara Bordnick.


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ACC Library & Archives

ACCThe American Craft Council (ACC) Library & Archives has arguably the most comprehensive collection in the U.S. devoted to the study of modern American craft. Located in Minneapolis, the library holdings include over 20,000 monographs and exhibition catalogs, 150 current periodical subscriptions, and 700 bound volumes of periodicals and newsletters. Additionally, the library holds more than 3000 artist files.

ACC Library2012_Stacks_014It is also home to several archival collections, including the American Craft Council, the World Craft Council, the Craft Students League of New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Craft/American Craft Museum (now known as the Museum of Arts and Design). Many have been digitized and are available through the ACC Library Digital Collections. Additionally, organizations such as the Furniture Society and SNAG have shared materials to be included on the digital collections platform.

Philip MortonIn 2004, SNAG donated a slide archive to The Metal Museum. It contained the portfolios of over 330 metalsmiths. The Metal Museum then partnered with the American Craft Council Library to make the collection available online. (at right: Ring by Philip Morton, 1968)


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In Remembrance: Nancy Monkman

Nancy MonkmanLong-time SNAG member Nancy Monkman passed away on October 2, 2018. Nancy served as the editor of SNAG News for over a decade until August 2009. Her excellent work on the newsletter while it was still a printed publication helped all of us become more informed and appreciative of what was going on with SNAG and its members.

Nancy was also a founding member of the Metal Art Society of Southern California and a member of Northern California Enamel Guild.

Pages from SNAG_News_Oct_08There will be a celebration of her life on November 3, 2018 in Pasadena, CA. SNAG members who are interested in attending can contact SNAG for more information.


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In Remembrance: Marjan Unger

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Marjan Unger wearing Sketch for Sleeping Beauty II necklace, by Robert Smit, photo: Michael Ferron, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, 1991

On June 27, 2018, Marianne Unger-de Boer passed away at home in Bussum, the Netherlands, after a rich, yet too-short life. Marjan was 72 years old. As she liked to remind her audiences in lectures, she was born in February 1946, exactly nine months after the liberation of the Netherlands in May 1945. People who knew her will immediately recall her voice, way of speaking, and grinning laugh when she related this fact. Most people today will know her as “the” jewelry specialist, but she was much more than that. In fact, she engaged with the full breadth of design and likewise worked in all design sectors.

The full homage to Marjan, written by Liesbeth Den Besten, can be found on the Art Jewelry Forum website.

AJF logoThank you to Art Jewelry forum for sharing this article with the SNAG community.


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GOLD: VORTEX, VIRTUES and VALUES

Join Initiatives in Art and Culture at the Eighth Annual International Gold Conference, GOLD: VORTEX, VIRTUES and VALUES, April 12-13, 2018 in New York City. SNAG member discount!

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