Siamese Connection

Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Melissa TolarBrian Weissman and Erin S. Daily own and run Brooklyn Metalworks in Brooklyn, New York. It is a metalworking studio, a workshop space, a lecture venue, and an exhibition site. It is the full package. Brian and Erin worked with Sakurako Shimizu to curate this exhibition called Siamese Connection from a call for entries. The artists included in the show were Alexia Cohen, Caroline Gore, Cristina Dias, Ian Henderson, Jessica Andersen, Joanna Storm, Karen Vanmol, Katja Toporski, Kyle Patnaude, Mallory Weston, Melissa Tolar, Missy Graff, Niki Grandics, and Sarah Holden.

Susan Cummins: How did this curatorial collaboration come about? Please describe a little about yourselves in the process.

Brian Weissman: Every now and then, Erin and I like to sit around and brainstorm about interesting things we’ve come across, either in our lives or things that we’ve read or heard about. We make a list, and then talk about how they would make either an interesting show or how it would be a great premise for a class or workshop. Erin kind of threw out the idea of the Siamese connection, and at first, I thought it was too simple. But then it followed me around the city for a few days, and the more I saw these odd and ever present objects it started to take hold. I started to take pictures of them every time I passed them (there are three or four per block easily), and the more I thought about it, the more I liked it. 

Erin S. Daily: Brian and I decided from the beginning that Brooklyn Metal Works would host a juried exhibition every year to explore new ideas in the field. This meant that we would be jurors as well. And while I think we make good collaborators because we view the world from quite different perspectives while respecting the others opinion, it was obvious that we would need a third opinion in the mix. Not only to diversify the curatorial vision, but also to give voice to other artists and curators. 

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SIMON COTTRELL: SURFACE DEPTHS

Klimt02 Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

Simon CottrellSimon Cottrell’s show Surface Depths at Klimt02 Gallery offered an occasion to question this articulate and verbose jeweler. He uses an unusual material called Monel and has a lot to say about improvisation, fingerprints, and the depth of surfaces. He is a deep thinker, indeed.

Susan Cummins: Before we start with the more in-depth questions, please tell me how you came to be where you are, doing what you are doing.

Simon Cottrell: In 1997, I completed a bachelors degree in fine arts with honors, majoring in gold and silversmithing at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). During my early years at RMIT, Carlier Makigawa and Robert Baines were teachers of the greatest influence.

From 1997 to 2008, I also worked with Robert as his assistant on his own work. This was a remarkably valuable experience through which I learned more than I knew was even possible about working with metal. Making your own work is very different from working with another artist on their work. It forces you to work in ways that are both conceptually and technically outside of your personal logic. It is the best way to learn while working.  

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Susanne Klemm: Oceanum

Galerie Ra, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Suzanne Klemm studies nature, and specifically in this show at Galerie Ra  called Oceanum, she is paying attention to deep-sea life. The mysterious world of sea creatures has inspired many jewelers over the centuries. However, Suzanne doesn’t claim to be interested in any precursors and finds her own way to a translation from the deep blue sea to wearable jewelry. 

Susan Cummins: Can you tell the story of how you got interested in making jewelry?

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The Coups de Coeur of Barbara Berger: A Narrative of Adornment

Kim Jenkins
The exhibition upholds the value of innovative and painstaking design. While costume jewelry is rarely subjected to the same level of scrutiny as contemporary or luxury jewelry, Berger’s collection bears witness to costume jewelry’s undaunted expressive potential, and it debunks the idea that it is a less inventive form of artistic expression.
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Exhibition Title: 
Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger
Exhibition Dates: 
June 25, 2013–January 20, 2014

Her story has been circulated much like a fairytale. The young daughter of a diamond merchant wanders about a flea market in Paris with her best friend.

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Signs of Life

Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington, USA

J. Fred WoellThis is the ninth year of the Signs of Life publication and exhibition at Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery. Karen Lorene, the owner of the gallery, is also a writer, and it is her passion to pair jewelry and writing. By telling parallel stories, the meaning of both the writing and the object are enhanced. The artists invited are Kevin Crane, Lisa Fidler, Chris Irick, Alexia Markarian, Eleanor Moty, Michael Owen O’Neill, Ron Pascho, Lin Stanionis, and J. Fred Woell. The authors quoted are Alan Averill, Stephanie Barden, Wendy Call, Sigrun Susan Lane, Paulann Petersen, Jennifer Munro, Cat Rambo, Susan Rich, and James Stark.

Susan Cummins: Signs Of Life is the ninth in the series of publications from Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery. How did it start? What compels you to continue?

Karen Lorene: For a number of years, Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery sent gifts to customers as a thank you for their continued support. During these years, I was in a writing group and kept thinking that our writing was good enough that we should create our own literary magazine. Time passed, and the writing idea stuck. The literary magazine idea morphed into a thank you gift.

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MARZEE GRADUATE SHOW 2013

Lizzie Atkins
The exhibition roams alphabetically around the world, with work displayed on black-lined tables across three floors of the gallery and 40 of the larger neckpieces hung against a white wall on the first floor. Walking around the exhibition, the fact that young jewelers continue to occupy a world “in which ideas and themes rather than national cultures provide the common threads” is evident.
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Exhibition Title: 
Annual Marzee Selection of Graduate Work Jewelry 2013 from International Academies and Colleges
Exhibition Dates: 
August 11–October 20, 2013

The Glass House

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FANTASTICI! Contemporary Italian Jewelry

Art Gallery Putti, Riga, Latvia
Missy Graff

Adrean BloomardFANTASTICI! Contemporary Italian Jewelry is on display from September 26 to October 13, 2013 at Art Gallery Putti in Riga, Latvia. This exhibition features jewelry by 22 Italian artists: Catalina Brenes, Luisa Bruni, Maria Cristina Bellucci, Elisabetta Dupre, Anna Fornari, Emma Francesconi, Maria Rosa Franzin, Manuela Gandini, Heidemarie Herb, Giancarlo Montebello, Gigi Mariani, Paola Mirai, Rita Marcangelo, Margherita de Martino Norante, Alessandro Petrolati, Kellie Riggs, Barbara Uderzo, Ute Kolar, Eugenia Ingegno, Patrizia Bonati, Maura Biamonti, and Adrean Bloomard. In this interview Agita Putane, the owner of Art Gallery Putti, describes how the exhibition developed. 

Missy Graff: How did you come up with the concept for this exhibition? What do you feel is the most compelling aspect of the show?

Agita Putane: Everyone seeks after feelings that contribute to their happiness. For me, working in the field of contemporary jewelry creates these feelings. It has been clear for a while that the gallery would expand to include artists from other countries. Early on, we organized group and solo exhibitions exclusively for Latvian jewelry artists. However, we have been cooperating with foreign contemporary jewelry artists for almost six years.

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Top Young 2013

Ubi, Beijing, China

Han-Chieh ChuangA great article about Ubi by Anja Eichler was recently posted on our website, and it explains a lot about the challenges of having a contemporary jewelry and ceramics gallery in China. I recommend everyone read that article in order to have a context for the questions I am going to ask Machtelt Schelling, the founder of the gallery, about her show Top Young 2013.

Susan Cummins: First of all, please explain who thought of doing this show?

Machtelt Schelling: I thought of the show myself. The jewelry scene is quite new in Asia, and there are not many galleries or other platforms for young artists. Only a few of them are strong enough to keep working as a jewelry artist, so I wanted to organize something that could give them the platform and the courage to move on and to meet others beyond their own classmates.

How was Top Young 2013 organized? How many jewelers applied, and how many were chosen? What were the criteria?

Machtelt Schelling: The gallery sent out the call to as many schools, Asian jewelers, and platforms as possible. We received 74 submissions, and I selected a jury from outside the academies—Yu-Chun Chen of Mano Gallery, Taipei, and Ohchi Chitose of O-Gallery, Tokyo.

The jury discussed: if the applicant had developed his or her own creative language; if the concept was worked through in the piece; if there was a skilled use of material; and, if they made several pieces, if there was a consistency in the collection. We made the selection based on the pictures and descriptions sent to us. Once the 13 sent in their work, we decided on the top three.

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Raissa Bump and Amy Tavern: Parallel Constellations

Gallery Lulo, Healdsburg, California, USA
Missy Graff

Raïssa Bump and Amy TavernParallel Constellations is on display through October 5, 2013, at Gallery Lulo in Healdsburg, California, USA. This exhibition features collaborations between artists Raïssa Bump and Amy Tavern. In this interview, both Amy and Raïssa describe the concept and process of the exhibition from their perspective. 

Missy Graff: Please tell me about your background. Have you always had an interest in making jewelry? 

Amy Tavern: I began metalsmithing in 1998. Before that, I was interested in music and went to college to study opera. I switched majors early on and got a degree in arts administration instead. In my senior year, I took a series of visual art classes and began to discover a different kind of creativity, especially through my ceramics and sculpture classes. I had been curious about jewelry for a long time, and I had been making beaded jewelry in my free time since high school.

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