The 2017 Halstead Design Challenge “Memento” asked artists to incorporate a photo into a brooch constructed primarily from materials in the Halstead challenge kit. A juried selection from all entries was exhibited at RHINO Contemporary Crafts Gallery during the SNAG New Orleans conference in May 2017. Seventy-one brooches are on view in our online exhibition.
The SNAG Links Project was originally conceived of and coordinated by Linda Kaye-Moses from 1996-2001. In this project, Linda invited 12 artists to create a link (a pendant-like adornment) utilizing their unique skill-sets. The pieces were documented, then donated to the annual conference silent auction.
Victoria Lansford revived the project in 2015, with the links displayed annually at the SNAG conference. In keeping with Linda’s concept, each year Victoria invites artists to create links. Each link is for sale individually at the conference.
The artists have also contributed to the Linking Our Lineage books, in keeping with SNAG’s commitment to preserve and disseminate knowledge within our community. There are three ebooks focusing on the technical processes involved in each link through detailed instructions, process photos, and videos. Volume 1 is also available in print. To learn more and order these books see Linking Our Lineage.
As the third juried member exhibition in the We Are SNAG series, (Up)Setting the Stone is an online exhibition focused on the setting. Stone setting has been utilized in some of the earliest known jewelry. There are thousands of variations based on a few different techniques. Juried by George Sawyer and Laura Wood, this collection of work expands to jewelry, objects, vessels, and sculpture.
About the Jurors:
Laura Wood is a full time jewelry artist living in Asheville, North Carolina. Her newly relocated studio is in the Renery Creator Space in the downtown South Slope District. Her work has been selected for many exhibitions throughout the United States, including The Contemporary Jewelry Show at the Penland Gallery (NC), Shift: Makers that Dene, Expand, and Contradict the Field of Art Jewelry at the Grunwald Gallery (IN), and the Lydon Emerging Artist Exhibition (LEAP) at the Society for Contemporary Craft (PA) and most recently as a 2015 SNAG Emerging Jewelry Artist at the annual Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art and Design Expo (SOFA) in Chicago, Illinois. Her work can be found in select galleries in the United States and in the permanent collections of the Gregg Museum of Art at North Carolina State University and The Racine Art Museum in Racine, Wisconsin. Publications include, 500 Paper Objects (Lark Crafts, 2013), Behind the Brooch (Shier Publishing, 2014), American Craft (2012), and Metalsmith (2014).
Laura was the founding voice of the annual ECU Symposium and is a co-founder of Jewelry Edition, a creative project facilitating the growth of jewelry artists. Laura was a recent 2015 speaker at the annual Yuma Arts Symposium and a the spring metals concentration instructor at the Penland School of Crafts. She earned a BFA from the University of Georgia and an MFA in metal design from East Carolina University.
As a student at the University of Minnesota, George Sawyer studied Art History and Sculpture and was fascinated with Asian Art. After finishing his studies, he developed his design and metalworking skills while working at a small company that designed and built some of the most famous racing cars of that era. During the day, he learned about fabricating beautiful machines from the world’s best automotive artisans, while during the evening he studied jewelry design. Combining these skills, he began to develop his signature style of patterned metal jewelry.
George was the first to explore special techniques for creating patterned jewelry metals from colored gold alloys and precious metals. For over four decades, he has folded and forged precious metals into beautiful patterns that suggest images of wood-grain, swirling water or ancient and mysterious impressionistic forms. With his palette of multicolored patterned metals, George creates truly original jewelry ranging from simple wedding rings to complex art objects. He finds great pleasure designing new metal combinations that are an art in their own right, and jewelry that speaks to the heart and inspires the imagination.
George’s jewelry has been featured in museums, galleries and fine jewelry stores in the United States, Canada and Europe. A member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, the Contemporary Design Group, and twice president of the American Jewelry Design Council, he has received numerous jewelry design awards. George Sawyer Design studio is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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For SNAG’s very first Halstead Design Challenge, 100 artists created kinetic brooches from “design challenge kits.” Some of the brooches were featured in an exhibition at Blue Spiral 1 Gallery during SNAGneXt in May 2016. The brooches were for sale during the exhibition, helping to raise funds for SNAG. Thank you to Halstead for their support.
A virtual exhibition celebrating the breadth of our field and membership.
From “blacksmith” to “goldsmith,” “silversmith” to “bladesmith,” the term “smith” denotes connotations of skill and mastery. Juried by Sue Amendolara, Greg Gehner, and Tom Muir, this online exhibition embraces the work of contemporary smiths and highlights some of the extraordinary works created by members of SNAG.
As makers, designers, craftspeople, artists, students, teachers, independent studio practitioners, gallerists, and hobbyists, WE ARE SNAG. From many backgrounds and points of view we are collectively what makes SNAG so incredibly rich, diverse, and relevant to a field which embraces our traditions while simultaneously forging our futures. WE ARE SNAG: Contemporary Smiths is the second in a series of juried online WE ARE SNAG member exhibitions celebrating the breadth of our field and membership.
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