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Functional Resilience

Throughout history, peace has been a scarce commodity in any human civilization, and war seems to be a dominant theme. Destruction is one of the prevailing outcomes of these wars. Having lived in war-torn Lebanon for half of my life, I have seen a lot of destruction and damage that has been imposed on beautiful architecture. It takes months, even years, to design, build and finish a building, yet it takes less than a second to bring it crumbling down with a powerful bomb. Nevertheless, with all the damage the Lebanese architecture sustained, these buildings still function as vessels for human life. They kept us safe, sheltered us, housed us, and shielded us. Seeing the decimation of these structure has caused me to crave perfection, and I grew attracted to the clean lines and curves of modern architecture, which I pursue in my work.

Influenced by the vernacular of architecture and building materials, I have constructed structures which double as vessels. These vessels are distilled representations of war-torn buildings, whose functional resilience come from the stable and strong material used, cement. This truth, coupled with my inquisitive nature, has brought me to create innovative processes and methods in which my work is created. The simplicity of the forms and lines allow the shot/damaged parts on the vessels to be highlighted and accentuated. By bridging the aesthetics and the materials within my work, I ask the viewer to form a connection to their surroundings, realizing that there is no perfection, only an adaptation to our current status and situation.

Michael Nashef has earned his B.F.A. in Metals/Jewelry Design from Kendall College of Art and Design. Throughout his career, Michael Nashef has managed a jewelry store, worked as a CAD designer, and launched his fine jewelry company Intersecting Hearts, during which he taught as an adjunct teacher, where he found his passion for teaching and academia, that led him to pursue his M.F.A. in 3D studies from Bowling Green State University. Currently, Michael is the area coordinator and lecturer at Towson University in Maryland.

Michael S. Nashef

Portage, MI 49002 | 517.944.1315 | michael@nashefdesigns.com

www.nashefdesigns.com | www.intersectinghearts.com

 

Academic Degrees

2018

Master of Fine Arts in 3D Studio Art, with a concentration in Jewelry Design, Enameling, and Metalsmithing.

Thesis: “Functional Resilience

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.

2006

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metals/Jewelry Design.

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI.

Thesis: “Strutura”

Honors: Cum Laude 3.52 GPA, first graduate of metal/jewelry program.

2003

Associate Degree in General Studies.

Lansing Community College, Lansing, MI.

 

CERTIFICATIONS

2012           Matrix 7 Conversion Training, received certificate of completion, Gemvision Headquarters, Moline, IL.

2008           Diamond Essential, received certificate of diamond essentials from Gemological Institute of America (G.I.A.), Carlsbad, CA.

 

ACADEMIC TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

2018

Instructor of record – “Media Studios: Space and Time”- developed syllabus, prepared and presented lectures, demonstrations, administered grading, and overall course content. Spring semester.

2017

Instructor of record – “Drawing Studio: Perception and Color Theory”- developed syllabus, prepared and presented lectures, demonstrations, administered grading, and overall course content. Fall semester.

  • Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI

2015

Adjunct instructor – “Introduction to Jewelry/Metalsmithing”- developed syllabus, prepared and presented lectures, demonstrations, administered grading, and overall course content. Fall semester.

Adjunct instructor – “Jewelry Design I and Jewelry Design II”- developed syllabus, prepared and presented lectures, demonstrations, administered grading, and overall course content. Fall semester.

Adjunct instructor – “Introduction to Jewelry/Metalsmithing”- developed syllabus, prepared and presented lectures, demonstrations, administered grading, and overall course content. Spring semester, two sections.

2014

Adjunct instructor – “Jewelry Design I and Jewelry Design II”- developed syllabus, prepared and presented lectures, demonstrations, administered grading, and overall course content. Fall semester.

2010

Adjunct instructor – “Digital Modeling Rhino 3D”- developed syllabus, prepared and presented lectures, demonstrations, administered grading, and overall course content. Spring semester.

2009

Adjunct instructor – “Professional Practices for Junior/Senior Year”- developed syllabus, prepared and presented lectures, demonstrations, administered grading, and overall course content. Spring semester.

2008

Adjunct instructor – “Professional Practices for Juniors/Senior Year”- developed syllabus, prepared and presented lectures, demonstrations, administered grading, and overall course content. Spring semester.

Other TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • “Advanced Rhino 5.0 Training” offered through The Knowledge Academy. Swimways Corporation, Virginia Beach, VA. Instructed a 2-day course for intermediate and advanced commands, using Rhino 5.0.

2015           Mauritius Institute of Training and Development (M.I.T.D.), Republic of Mauritius. A (6) six-week intense curriculum with a diverse group of students. (i.e. jewelry store owners, jewelers, jewelry manufacturers, trainers, and M.I.T.D. students.)

  • Instructed, critiqued, and evaluated students on how to draw, sketch, and render jewelry pieces by hand, using traditional tools, such as pencils, rulers, and colored pencils.
  • Lectured students and trained them on CAD software using the Rhino 5.0, Matrix 8.0, and T-spline. Covered beginning, intermediate, and advanced commands and design skills.

RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2017          Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI

Fabrication Lab/Studio Head Technician. (10 Weeks)

  • Managed studio student employees and facilitated their schedules and responsibilities.
  • Created and fabricated many items around the studio that simplified the organization and the flow of the studio.
  • Extensive fixing and repair of 3D machines and tools around the studio (i.e. designed missing parts, 3D printed parts, troubleshoot broken machines and did necessary repairs).

2016 – 2017           Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

Metals Studio Technician

  • Created and fabricated many items around the studio that facilitated the organization and the flow of the studio tools (i.e. cabinets, enamel sample boards, torch holders, wire spool holder, etc.)
  • Fixed, repaired, and maintained machines and tools around the studio.
  • Organized and kept an inventory of materials in the studio for students to use.
  • Monitored students’ activity in the studio; making sure proper procedures of work and safety practices are followed.

2014 – Present       Intersecting Hearts, Portage, MI

Designer/Owner/Creator

  • Launched and published a new engagement/wedding collection named “Intersecting Hearts”. The first debut of this collection and company was in the Chicago Smart jewelry show in 2014. A link provided here: http://www.intersectinghearts.com
  • Owner and designer of the company; administered, assessed, planned, marketed and managed all affairs of the company.
  • Created and designed all new pieces and prepared them for manufacturing using Matrix 8.0 and Rhino 5.0.
  • Exhibited in multiple jewelry trade shows: Such as Atlanta Jewelry Show, Instore Smart Jewelry Show; and with Independent Jewelry Organization.
  • Currently, the Collection is displayed and sold in many retail jewelry stores in the following states: Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Florida, and Georgia.

2005 – Present      Nashef Designs, Portage, MI

Designer/Owner/Creator

  • Managed and ran custom design jewelry business as the lead jewelry designer and owner.
  • Worked on many commissioned pieces; designed and crafted various styles of jewelry to specifications of clients.
  • Employed 3D Rendering and technical drafting skills for product presentation.
  • Executed designs using many materials such as precious metals, diamonds, gemstones, wood, rubber, and leather.
  • Identified a sensible direction for fashion ideas and ability to implement them in new product concepts.

2011 – 2014           Diamond Nexus, Franklin, WI

Lead CAD Designer

  • Implemented a new incentive program for CAD Designers to increase productivity and self-involvement in projects.
  • Created new procedures to enhance workflow and continuity of projects.
  • Collaborated with production and marketing department on creating new product ideas and product development.
  • Trained and supervised other CAD designers with their design process.
  • Utilized Matrix 7.5/Rhino 4.0 – designed product from idea to full product development.
  • Collaborated with Customers to create their piece of jewelry.
  • Developed full CAD presentations with renders for Customers, and productions worthy of manufacturing.

2010 – 2011           Diamond Nexus, Franklin, WI

CAD Designer

  • Utilized Matrix 6.3/Rhino 4.0 – designed product from idea to full product development.
  • Collaborated and corresponded with Customers to create one of a kind pieces of jewelry.
  • Produced full CAD presentation with renders for customers.
  • Validated CAD files for production worthiness for manufacturing.

2005 – 2010           Medawar Jewelers Company, Portage, MI

General Manager

  • Managed, hired, terminated sales associates and employees.
  • Coached sales associates/employees on product knowledge for continuous self-development.
  • Implemented and upgraded a new computer system as a Point of Sale (POS); Trained all associates thereon at four stores of the Medawar Company.
  • Monitored safety of opening and closing stores procedures. Holder of all store keys and security codes.
  • Conducted frequent and regular evaluations of employees.
  • Analyzed merchandise inventory levels (over $750,000 in turnover.)
  • Achieved master level bench jewelry work.
  • Consulted with clientele, and executed designs requested by a wide spectrum of customers.
  • Negotiated marketing and advertising contracts for TV, radio, print, billboards, and internet media (Approx. budget $65,000/year or more).
  • Designed most of the print, billboards, and visual artwork for Medawar Company advertisements.
  • Convinced owner of Medawar Jewelers to introduce a new line of jewelry to Medawar Jewelers that generated approx. $500,000 of additional revenues over an eight-month period.

1999 – 2005           Medawar Jewelers Company, Lansing, MI

Bench Jeweler, Sales Associate

  • Performed many complex repairs on jewelry pieces (advanced re-tipping, advanced sizing, chain repair, stone setting ranging from emeralds to diamonds, hinge repair, and many other jewelry related work on silver, gold, and platinum).
  • Thorough knowledge of gemstones, precious metals; gold Jewelry.
  • Assisted in jewelry and diamond sales.

 

EXHIBITIONS AND SHOWS

2018

Functional Resilience, M.F.A Thesis Exhibition, Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery, Bowling Green State University, School of Art, Bowling Green, OH.

Best of 2018 Exhibition, juried, Ohio Designer Craftsmen, Columbus, OH, traveling exhibition: Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH; Southern Ohio Museum of Art, Portsmouth, OH.

In the Forefront, Emerging Artists 2018 exhibition, invitational, Ohio Designer Craftsmen, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH.

2017

Appropriated Adornment, online exhibition part of the “We Are SNAG” series 2017, juried, http://www.snagspace.org/appropriated-adornment#/michael-nashef/

Beijing International Jewelry Exhibition “Parallel”, juried, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, Beijing, China.

Best of 2017 Exhibition, juried, Ohio Designer Craftsmen, Columbus, OH, traveling exhibition: Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH; Southern Ohio Museum of Art, Portsmouth, OH.

Metals 2017 Exhibition, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, intercollegiate invitational exhibition.

Nasty Woman Exhibition, Art Obscura Gallery, Las Cruces, NM.

Nasty Woman Exhibition, Cave Gallery, Detroit, MI.

Phoenix Nasty Woman Exhibition, Grand ArtHaus, Phoenix, AZ.

Nasty Woman Nashville Exhibition, The Basement East, Nashville, TN.

Nasty Woman Exhibition, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC.

2016

Arts X Metals Exhibition, graduate student jewelry exhibition, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.

Keystone Metals Forum 2016, Touchstone Center for Crafts, Farmington, PA. Delegate exhibition.

Blue Onion Bus, Fine Arts Center and The Art Supply Depō, Bowling Green, OH. Traveling exhibition.

Graduate Student Group Exhibition, Dada Gallery, Bowling Green, OH.

Atlanta Jewelry Show, summer show, Atlanta, GA.

Independent Jewelers Organization Show, summer show, Washington, DC.

Atlanta Jewelry Show, winter show, Atlanta, GA.

Independent Jewelers Organization Show, winter show, Orlando, FL.

2015

Atlanta Jewelry Show, summer show, Atlanta, GA.

Chicago Smart Jewelry Show, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL.

Atlanta Jewelry Show, winter show, Atlanta, GA.

2014

Atlanta Jewelry Show, summer show, Atlanta, GA.

Chicago Smart Jewelry Show, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL.

2010

Ann Arbor Art Fair, Michigan Silversmith Guild, Ann Arbor, MI.

2007

Jewelry + Objects, semiannual exhibition, Michigan Silversmith Guild, Ann Arbor, MI.

2005

Jewelry + Objects, semiannual exhibition, Michigan Silversmith Guild, Ann Arbor, MI

2004

Student Exhibition, Society of North American Goldsmiths, conference: In Pursuit of Passion, St. Petersburg, FL.

2003

WEE, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI.

 

PRESENTATIONS / WORKSHOPS / ARTIST TALKS GIVEN

2017

Forging Demonstration, ART-X, Jewelry and Metalsmithing Department, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.

“To make, or not to make” presentation given to first-year program students, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.

“Thermo Plastic” metalsmith forging demonstration, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.

Visiting Artist Lecture, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.

 

AWARDS / SCHOLARSHIPS / HONORS

2018

Received the Bloch-Heskett Ethnic Arts Award, MFA Exhibition in recognition for art inspired by the artistry of Eastern Europe. Juried by Charles Kanwisher director of School of Art, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.

Winner of SNAG Volunteer Recognition Award brooch design for 2018, 2019, and 2020. Stipend and full one-year membership awarded to all Bowling Green State University metal students.

2017

Graduate Assistantship, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.

2016

Graduate Student Tuition Scholarship, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.

2005

Best Use of Gem in a Jewelry Piece, Jewelry + Objects, MSG Semi-annual Exhibition, Ann Arbor, MI.

2004

Merit Award Scholarship, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI.

 

PUBLICATIONS

2018    Jewelry and Metals Survey (JAMS), juried by Vivian Beer, Cornelie Holzach, Alan Revere, and edited by Marissa Saneholtz, photographs and descriptions p: 22 and p:190, work and artist summary discussed by Alan Revere p: 162

2015    Instore Magazine, page 48, September 2015 issue, photograph and excerpt on work http://mydigimag.rrd.com/publication/?i=269755&ver=html5&p=48#{"page":48,"issue_id":269755}

The Retail Jeweler, “Intersecting Hearts by Michael Nashef,” volume 6 issue 1, 2015, New and Noteworthy section. P:61 http://www.theretailjeweler.com/media/pdfs/TRJ-January-February-2015.pdf

Mid-America Jewelry News, “Intersecting Hearts by Michael Nashef,” http://www.midamericajewelrynews.com/2-uncategorised/2758-intersecting-hearts-by-michael-s-nashef-where-true-love-meets

2014    “Design from the Heart,” blog for Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI. http://www.kcad.edu/blog/design-from-the-heart/

2007    Bench Magazine, “Passion Award Design competition,” Buffalo, New York. http://www.BWSimon.com/DesignContest

2006    The Kendall Portfolio, “Meet the Graduating Class of the Allesee Metals/Jewelry Program” Seniors’ Article.

2005    Metalsmith, Images of work used in an advertisement in the magazine for Kendall College of Art and Design. Vol: 25 No: 3 pg. 67.

2004    Kendall College Portfolio Book, “Metals and Jewelry” photography and description used in the school’s portfolio book.

 

COLLABORATIONS

2017

Brooch Collaboration with Boris Bally, designed and manufactured

brooch to be sold through Boris Bally’s I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Peace now exhibitions.

2016

Brooch collaboration designed by Tom Muir. Brooches produced and manufactured for Society of North American Goldsmiths 2017 fundraising efforts.

WorkShops / DEMOnstrationS / Symposiums Attended              

2018

Painting enamel & decal workshop with visiting artist Jessica Calderwood, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.

Deconstruct/Reconstruct, Material Topics Symposium, a two-day symposium, attended four workshop sessions, Andy Cooperman – It Ain’t Just a Drill, Kim Winkle – Wearables in Polychrome Wood, Harlan W. Butt – Repetitive Pattern Cloisonné Enameling on a 3D Form, Anna Johnson – Transforming Found Objects. Lectures attended were given by Andy Cooperman, Mike Holmes, Shingo Furukawa, and Harlan W. Butt, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.

2017

SOFA Chicago 2017, attended lectures and exhibitions, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL.

Rivet demonstration with visiting artist Boris Bally, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green OH.

Cement and Concrete demonstration with visiting artist Jim Cotter, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.

Powder Coating Jewelry, a demonstration by visiting artist Laura Wood, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.

Collective Voices, Material Topics Symposium, a two-day symposium, attended four workshop sessions, Gabriel Craig - Forging Techniques, Abigail Heuss – Marriage of Metals, Jessica Calderwood – Figurative Techniques on Enamel, Hiroko Yamada – Traditional Japanese Metal Techniques. Lecturers attended by Tim McCreight, Robert Ebendorf, Dustin Farnsworth, and Leslie LePere, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.

2016

Display Making, workshop by visiting artist Autumn Brown, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.

Keystone Metals Forum III, three-day forum, attended multiple workshops and demo presentations, including pin back by Marissa Saneholtz, resin casting by Amanda Bergman, Touchstone, PA.

Make/Connect, two-day alternative materials for jewelry workshop with Billie Jean Theide, sponsored by the Michigan Silversmiths Guild, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI.

2003

Stone Cutting and Polishing, Roger Dery, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI.

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Society of North American Goldsmiths

Industrial Designers Society of America

Ohio Designer Craftsmen

Vice-President (2017), Graduate Art Student Organization Bowling Green State University

Michigan Silversmith Guild

Independent Jewelers Organization

 

LANGUAGES

Arabic – native language

English – speak fluently and read/write with high proficiency

French – speak and read with basic competence

 

 

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