Friday, March 30, 2007

anna davern

I recently received an email from Anna Davern. Anna is an Australian jeweler currently teaching in Estonia. You can read all about it on her blog. Thanks, Anna! Its always great to hear from another blogger.

Plus, a few of my favorite finds from around the web this week...

Front Design's motion furniture via Bloesem

Richard Sweeney via 18kt (and be sure to check out Richard's flickr site)

Julie Blyfield via Dear Ada

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

lauren fensterstock

Lauren Fensterstock creates objects that explore issues of adornment, preciousness, and permanence.

Above: Trace - spider, marble, rubies. Below: Precarious Heirloom #6 - soap, pearls, diamonds and What Happens: Blooming Potato (after 3 months) - potato, rubies, diamonds, sapphires.

Bonus: read about Lauren's work in the new Metalsmith.

tina rath

I adore these brooches by Tina Rath so much, I wanted to share a few more. (Found on the AJF website.)

art jewelry forum

The Art Jewelry Forum website showcases the work of a number of jewelry artists, including Tina Rath and Vera Siemund.

AJF also sponsors an Emerging Artist Award. The deadline for the 2007 award is August 1st.

Monday, March 26, 2007

nancy blum

Spring is finally here, so I thought I'd showcase the over-sized floral work of Nancy Blum. Lately, Nancy has been created seriously over-sized drawings, but her earlier work includes wall installations with flowers made from either cast resin and aluminum or porcelain and cast bronze. You can view more of Nancy's work on her website. Nancy is represented by Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

cal lane

Cal Lane creates lace-like patterns in steel using a torch. Others works explore pattern through a variety of materials including flour, tomato paste, and dirt. You can view more of Cal's work here and here. Cal is represented by Foley Gallery (and check out Foley's blog). (via the Broken Plate)

Friday, March 23, 2007

brooke marks-swanson

Brooke Marks-Swanson creates wall panels and brooches from copper. The beautiful colors and surfaces are achieved using acrylic paint. You can view more of Brooke's work on her website (a nice dose of color on a dreary day).

warren holzman

Warren Holzman is a sculptor and blacksmith working in Philadelphia. Warren's work ranges from sculptures to public art to architectural commissions. You can view more of Warren's work on his website.

You can also see Warren's work in person around Philly and at the Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show this Saturday and Sunday.

aaron kramer

Aaron Kramer creates sculpture from woven and constructed found objects. He also creates public art and architectural commissions. You can see more of Aaron's work on his flickr site.

Aaron will also be at the Smithsonian Craft Show in April. Stay tuned as I preview more Smithsonian artists as the show approaches.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

erin williams

Erin Williams was an undergrad classmate of mine who is currently working on her MFA at VCU. Erin's work is inspired by medical instruments (a theme that emerged in undergrad) and explores the relationship between science and biology. See more of Erin's work on her website.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

marianne anderson

I was working on a list of artist websites for the blog (which I'll post in the next day or so) and was thrilled to find that Marianne Anderson had updated her website. I'm such a fan of decoration and ornament, and clearly Marianne is too. View more of Marianne's work here.

Below: Pearl Pattern Brooch


Thanks to Marta for plugging this blog on her blog, 18kt. 18kt features a great collection of jewelry from around the globe. Now, if only I spoke Spanish...

Oh, and be sure to check out Marta's website as well. I love the quality of the photography (and the jewelry's pretty great too).

cat chow

Kate Cusack's work reminded me of another artist, Cat Chow (yes, her real name). Cat makes fashion and sculpture out of a variety of materials, including measuring tapes, money, and zippers. Click here for Cat's website.

kate cusack

Kate Cusack makes floral brooches from zippers in a range of colors. Visit her website to view the whole collection, and click here for a list of shops that carry the zipper pins. (Found via Midge's Mind.)

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

margaux lange

The work of Margaux Lange has been making the blog rounds, but Margaux's jewelry made from Barbies seemed like a good fit for plastics day, so I wanted to post about it as well. You can view more of Margaux's work on her website, and be sure to check out her blog, Midge's Mind.

liana kabel

I'm feeling a plastic theme today, so we're gonna go with it. (Perhaps its because my students are working on a plastics project right now.) Liana Kabel, aka Plastic Girl, makes jewelry from found and altered plastics, including Tupperware. You can view images of her work on her Flickr site, and read all about what she's up to on her blog.

sarah kate burgess

Sarah Kate Burgess's website, Adorn Everyday, showcases her explorations with jewelry and materials. These explorations range from turning everyday objects into temporary or permanent jewelry to accumulating mass produced jewelry items to recycle into new jewelry. You can also download instructions to create your own Do It Yourself ring.

allison fomich

Allison Fomich's inflatable latex sculptures are currently on view at Schiavone Fine Art in Baltimore. You can view more of Allison's work at her flickr site. She also has an etsy shop, tigerlillyshop, where she sells jewelry.

Monday, March 19, 2007

dear ada

Juliet just sent me a link to a fantastic blog, dear ada. The collection of jewelry and metalwork is amazing - I may just spend the rest of the day browsing.

adam smith

I came across the work of Adam Smith while at the ACC show. (Actually, in my craft show speed walking pace I missed his booth, but my students pointed him out.) Adam makes assemblage wall sculptures and jewelry. Being a PA girl myself, I really appreciate his Pennsylvania Collection of jewelry. Check out his website for more images and his blog.

Below: Armour (wall sculpture), and Official State Brooch from the PA Jewelry Collection.