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Graduating Student Showcase

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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

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Pocosin Arts Annual Benefit Auction

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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.

 


Instructional Videos from UNT Metalsmithing & Jewelry Program

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.

Sawing

  • 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.

Soldering 

  • 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.

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SNAG Celebrates: Taisha Carrington

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SNAG is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019 and is honoring its membership by highlighting different artists on the SNAG website.

Taisha Carrington

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.

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A model showing a headpiece by Taisha Carrington


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.

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Pieces from Carrington’s “Woke in the Wake” Collection

 

To learn more about Taisha and her work, visit www.taishacarrington.com


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Letter from the President – August 2019

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For the last year, I have been working for SNAG as President-Elect, and I have to thank Nicole Jacquard for helping to make my transition to the Presidency very smooth. It was a pleasure to work with her and I am glad she is staying with us on the board. I officially took over during the conference in Chicago where I was lucky enough to be on stage with nine Past-Presidents. It is an honor to be a part of a legacy that inspired me when I was a student.

We saw the departure of four very committed board members and I have to thank Jill Baker-Gower, Diane Hulse, Anne Fiala, and Ezra Satak-Wolman for volunteering their time to help the organization. At the same time, Elizabeth Shypertt was re-elected to another term and we welcome three new board members: Patricia Madeja, Kee-Ho Yuen, and Jeff Georgantes. They bring a wealth of experience and I look forward to their involvement.

This year has been transformational for the organization, and as we reflect on a half century, I think there is positive momentum looking forward. But there is a lot of work that we need to do, and to quote David Bowie, “it ain’t easy.” But, we’ve had some excellent individuals step up with some great ideas on how we can partner with other organizations and I am excited to work with them.

I was also struck by the energy from the next generation of smiths at the conference, and it’s exciting to see them take ownership of this organization. That kind of enthusiasm is what sparked SNAG in 1969 so it was great to see such motivation in Chicago.

At this point the priority of the Board is the long term sustainability of the organization. Membership only covers a small portion of the finances so we need to find the funds to maintain our most important and popular programs.

Look around the website for some new things such as the Road to Success scholarships, the Goldsmiths ’20 call for entries, and the new SNAG Celebrates interview series.

In the meantime, we want your opinions. The direction of this organization is dictated by you, the members; this is your community. And to all of our amazing volunteers, we couldn’t do any of this without you. If you have an idea, or want to get involved, look out for our upcoming member online feedback chats. You can also contact me via email at any time.

Happy making!

Brian Ferrell
President

Society of North American Goldsmiths