The Exhibition in Motion (EiM) is a runway-type live exhibition event that will take place at SNAG’s next conference, “Grit to Gold: Future Fifty,” in Philadelphia, PA, May 20-23, 2020.
Call for Entries
SNAG’s 2020 Exhibition in Motion committee is seeking proposals that reflect how you see the future. What is important to you as we move into the future? What do you see as the future of SNAG, of the field, our environment, and our world? As always you must GO BIG! Consideration will be given to works that incorporate topics of inclusion and sustainability. Collaborations, class projects and international applications are encouraged. Future Now is open to all from the beginner to professional. We want you all!
All works will be presented on live models and must consider scale (think feet not inches) and wearability for all body types. The EiM is open to submissions of all kinds from finished pieces to sketched proposals. We want to show just how diverse we all are!! Deadline: October 28, 2019.
2019 marks the 50th anniversary of SNAG’s formation as an organization. To celebrate this milestone we are planning a variety of events that reflect on our past, look towards our future, and honor our members. One of these is our Graduating Student Showcase. In honor of SNAG’s mission to inspire creativity, encourage education, and foster community, we invite all graduating students to submit images of their work to be displayed on our exhibition website SNAG//SPACE.
All matriculating or non-matriculating graduating students, part time or full time, under the direction of faculty in any North American institution are welcome to apply. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. SNAG membership is not required.
Deadline: October 28, 2019
Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft hosts its Annual Benefit Auction on September 21, 2019 in Columbia, NC. Pocosin Arts invites everyone to join in the celebration, which includes the opportunity to see and bid on over 100 handcrafted works of art donated by exceptional artists.
If you can’t make the event but would like to bid on artwork, please fill out the absentee bidder form and a Pocosin volunteer will bid for you!
Funds raised at Pocosin’s Annual Benefit Auction helps support scholarships for youth and adults and the operation of the school. Scholarship recipients benefit from two to five-day craft workshops, after-school programs, community classes, summer camps, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) programs.
University of North Texas’ Metalsmithing & Jewelry Program is creating an ongoing series of instructional videos related to metalsmithing and jewelry techniques. These first three videos were created to help beginners as they learn the introductory techniques. They star Lara Asam, current MFA candidate, demonstrating basic sawing, soldering, and finishing.
Thank you to James Thurman, Lara Asam, and UNT’s Metalsmithing & Jewelry Program for sharing these videos.
- This video introduces beginners to the basics of sawing. Best used as supplement to in-person instruction, it can be a great reference to those just learning so they don’t forget some of the finer points while using their jeweler’s saw.
File Sand Polish
- This video introduces beginners to the basics of filing, sanding, and polishing. Best used as supplement to in-person instruction, it can be a great reference to those just learning so they don’t forget some of the finer points while refining their small-scale metalworks.
- This video introduces beginners to the basics of soldering. Best used as supplement to in-person instruction, it can be a great reference to those just learning so they don’t forget some of the finer points while soldering.
SNAG is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019 and is honoring its membership by highlighting different artists on the SNAG website.
Introduce yourself (background, education, preferred mediums/styles, etc.)
I was born in Barbados and moved to NY for college in 2013. I graduated from Pratt Institute in 2018 with a BFA in Jewelry Design. Prior to my education in the arts, I studied mechanical engineering drawing and physics, which I pull on heavily to realize my pieces. My concepts dictate my choice of material, but I have particular interest in materials that hold ‘DNA’ of people or places such as hair or ocean water.
What are your goals in creating the work that you do? Are there any concepts you are particularly interested in?
Currently I am exploring the concept of the sea as my material. I have been renegotiating the relationship Barbadians, other Caribbean islanders and their diaspora have with the sea through a series of installations, performances and small scale wearable pieces. This body of work will foster an environment for social dialogue about the current ways of thinking and being as islanders regarding immigration and the effects of our history on our present state. I hope to collectively investigate generational trauma with my audience.
What does your work mean to you? Why create these objects?
My work is how I communicate and breakdown issues or curiosities that I am confronted with. Art making is so therapeutic that I make sure my process involves a meditative component; whether it be sewing, embroidering, playing in sand, going to the beach to collect my materials, felting, hiking and exploring; I make sure I make it enjoyable for myself. I then present my objects like ‘look, this is what I’m thinking, do you feel the same, is it different through your eyes, does this help you? Let’s talk, let’s heal, let’s make changes.’ Sometimes I see my pieces as peace offerings to others and even to myself, to reconcile differences and shift prejudices.
How and when did you arrive at your membership with SNAG?
I came to know of SNAG in my junior year in college; a group of students including myself were invited to attend the conference in New Orleans. The conference was very instrumental in shaping my approach to my work after attending. Since then I became a member.
How have you witnessed SNAG (and metalsmithing in general) evolve since first beginning your membership?
My membership thus far has been short but SNAG has made strides in the direction of diversifying their body of speakers to include more people of color. It is very encouraging to see people like myself represented in the metalsmithing field.
What are your plans for the future? Is there anything specific that you hope to accomplish or achieve in 2019?
I am working to better represent the breadth of my work as a multidisciplinary artist. I currently have a series of performance-based works planned for execution over the coming 6-month period. These works will expand my social practice. I am extremely excited for the interactions this work will bring and the relationships I will build with communities and institutions.
To learn more about Taisha and her work, visit www.taishacarrington.com