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My work focuses on the use of historical armour as a medium from which I express issues regarding the nature of human relationships. While I have created armour as a purely functional and aesthetic object, my recent work now explores armour as a vehicle for more conceptual expression. All my pieces are produced directly from the visual and technical tradition of historical armour, but use modifications of the original form and function to address new metaphorical meanings. By combining technical and conceptual knowledge in a new, but recognizable form, I aim to illicit an experience initially triggered by investigation of the craftsmanship of the object and fed by a deeper message communicated by the obvious manipulation of the form’s function and aesthetic. Thus, my pieces attempt a dialog with the public through the combination of technical attraction and conceptual discourse.

As a modern armour smith and silversmith, my interests focus on, but are not limited to historical arms and armour from Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Europe as well as traditional techniques as practiced by Colonial-era British, American and European silversmiths. Born in Dallas, Texas and educated at the University of North Texas, where he received an M.F.A. degree in Metalsmithing/Jewelry, I am an avid enthusiast of both historical arms and armour and traditional silversmithing. My intimate knowledge of the subjects are reflected in the technical, conceptual and physical aspects of my artwork. Along with my involvement with SNAG, I'm also a member of the Association for Renaissance Martial Arts (ARMA), an organization dedicated to the academic study of historical European arms and armour from the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. As part of my research, I have lectured at various schools and events on the creation and use of armour in an effort to widen awareness of the modern and ancient craft world. At present, I am a full-time apprentice silversmith at the James Craig Silversmith Shop at Colonial Williamsburg. My understanding of history and traditional craft have allowed me this life-long opportunity to not only practice my craft in a unique environment, but to also share that passion with the broader public and thereby bring a higher appreciation of craft to a large audience.

Parker Brown
173 Skimino Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188
(940) 391-1669
parkerebrown@yahoo.com
www.crescentmoonarmoury.net
Education
Fall 2010          University of North Texas, Denton Texas
                        M.F.A. in Jewelry and Metalsmithing
Summer 2005   University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
                        B.F.A. in Jewelry and Metalsmithing
Spring 2005      University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
                        B.F.A. in Art History
Professional Experience
2014-present Colonial Williamsburg
James Craig Silversmithing Shop
Williamsburg, Virginia
-Apprentice Silversmith
Rediscover, learn and preserve the varied trade skills of an 18th century apprentice silversmith, interpret said skills to the public both orally and written and become proficient in said skills so future apprentices can be instructed, insuring the perpetuation of the trade
2005-present    Crescent Moon Armoury
Williamsburg, Virginia
-Sole owner and operator
Responsible for all business, financial and creative activities associated in the design, fabrication, implementation, selling, and promotion of custom metalwork ranging from fine jewelry to reproduction armour.
2014 (summer) Colonial Williamsburg
James Craig Silversmithing Shop
Williamsburg, Virginia
-Intern Silversmith
The silversmith intern position was a 3-week experience working with the silversmith shop staff at Colonial Williamsburg. I assisted the full-time staff in the operation of the shop. Duties included interpretation and demonstration to guests as well as conducting research and producing a body of historical silver items for sale.
2011-2012   Appalachian Artisan Center
Hindman, Kentucky
-Master Artist in Residence (Metalsmithing)
Responsible for the mentoring of other artists in the center as well as teaching classes and workshops at the nearby Kentucky School of Craft.  Also responsible for the private production and sales of my own work.
2008- 2010   University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design
Denton, Texas
-Teaching Assistant in Design I
Responsible for the implementation of a curriculum for the instruction of entry-level design principals as part of the required core design program of the University of North Texas’s College of Visual Arts and Design.
2008- 2010   University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design
Denton, Texas
-Teaching Fellow in Beginning Jewelry and Metalsmithing
Responsible for the creation and implementation of a curriculum for the instruction of beginning metalsmithing students to be used as part of the required core studio program of the University of North Texas’s College of Visual Arts and Design.
2003                Thaden Ironworks (formerly Thaden Armory)
Sanger, Texas
-Apprentice
Responsible for performing preparatory work as part of a working craftsman’s workshop in return for basic training in the art of historical armor smithing.
2003                 Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas, Texas
-Part-time volunteer intern
Responsible for the completion of various clerical duties pertaining to the storage and preservation of various works of art belonging to and/or in the possession of the Dallas Museum of Art.
Honors and Awards
2010     2010 Voertman's Annual Student Competition
     College of Visual Arts and Design, University of North Texas
Metalsmithing Award for “The Defense of Ignorance”
2009                 John D. Murchison, Sr. Art Scholarship
     College of Visual Arts and Design, University of North Texas
                        NAEA Spring Exhibition
                        Honorable Mention for “Duality Chalice”
2008                 3rd Annual Intercollegiate Metals Exhibition
3rd Place Holloware for “A Leaky Vessel”
2004                 2004 Voertman's Annual Student Competition
Alumni Award for “Spuhoon”
2003                2003 Voertman's Annual Student Competition
Swest Metalsmithing Award for “Viewfinder Pendant”
Selected Exhibition History
2015 “Protective Ornament: Contemporary Armor to Amulets”
Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington
2014 “Humor in Craft”
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State, Grand Rapids, Michigan
“Protective Ornament: Contemporary Armor to Amulets”
National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, Tennessee
2012 “Humor in Craft”
Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburg Pennsylvania
“Humor in Metal”
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Arizona
“Body, Figure, Nude”
Laudon Gallery, Lexington Kentucky
2011     Counterflux: Defensive Ornament
     G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle Washington
       Flux Capacitor
     Ouch My Eye Gallery, Seattle Washington
2010     “Contain” Vessels and the Art of Containment
              Luke and Eloy Gallery, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
     2010 Voertman's Annual Student Competition
     UNT College of Visual Arts and Design Gallery, Denton Texas
     “Distill(e)d” Graduate Show
     Cora Stafford Gallery, Denton Texas
               Materials: Hard and Soft Show
                        Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton Texas
                        eXtremities: Exploring the Margins of the Human Body
                        The Jung Center, Houston Texas
2009                Sculpture Collective
                       University of North Texas Cora Stafford Gallery, Denton, Texas
                       NAEA 2009 Spring Exhibition
                       University of North Texas Cora Stafford Gallery, Denton, Texas
                       500X Gallery's Annual Community Art Exhibition
                       500 X Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2008                3rd Annual Intercollegiate Metals Exhibition
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
Inner Play 2008
UNT College of Visual Arts and Design Gallery, Denton, Texas
Anti-War Medal Show
Shaw Jewelry Gallery, Northeast Harbor, Maine
2008 Voertman's Annual Student Competition
UNT College of Visual Arts and Design Gallery, Denton, Texas
2007                 2007 Intercollegiate Metals Invitational
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
2006                 UNT Metals Alumni Art Show
UNT FW Art Space, Ft. Worth, Texas
2005                 Parker Brown B.F.A. Graduate Art Show
UNT College of Visual Arts and Design Gallery, Denton, Texas
                        2005 Voertman's Annual Student Competition
UNT College of Visual Arts and Design Gallery, Denton, Texas
2004                 2004 Voertman's Annual Student Competition
UNT College of Visual Arts and Design Gallery, Denton, Texas
2003                 2003 Voertman's Annual Student Competition
UNT College of Visual Arts and Design Gallery, Denton, Texas
2002                 2002 Voertman's Annual Student Competition
UNT College of Visual Arts and Design Gallery, Denton, Texas 
Public and Private Collections
2010     -Texas A&M University in Doha, Qatar
     Ceremonial Mace
     -Roy Spann, Houston, Texas
     “Anachronism”
Lectures
2017     American Armour: An Exploration of Armour Use and Production in Colonial Virginia
California University of Pennsylvania
April 27, 2017
California, Pennsylvania
2013     American Armour: An Exploration of Armour Use and Production in Colonial Virginia
Association for Renaissance Martial Arts Bi-annual International Conference
July 12, 2013
Houston, Texas
2011     The History of Armour and its Perceptions in Popular Culture
Association for Renaissance Martial Arts Bi-annual International Conference
July 15, 2011
Humble, Texas
Publications and Media
2018* (working title) A Practical Guide to Armoursmithing: the 11th Century
written by Parker Brown
published by Schiffer Publishing
2014     On Body and Soul: Contemporary Amulets to Armor
written by Suzanne Ramljak
published by Schiffer Publishing
2012     Humor in Craft
written by Brigitte Martin
published by Schiffer Publishing
2012     NOVA series episode: “Secrets of the Viking Sword”
Custom historical armour and production assistance
Produced by Pangloss Films
*work in progress
Personal Hobbies
-I’ve been an active member of the Association for Renaissance Martial Arts (ARMA) for over 10 years, during which time I’ve published numerous articles on the subject of historical metalsmithing, given public lectures and demonstrations on historical swordsmanship and metalsmithing, and was solely responsible for the creation and running of a local study group at the University of North Texas.
-I’ve been an avid Civil War reenactor since 2002. While most of my reenacting experience has been through the 1st U.S. Infantry based out of Dallas, I have had to pleasure of participating with other units ranging from Oklahoma to Georgia.

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Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.