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Since 2005, AJF has been funding catalogs and exhibitions as part of its aim to advocate for contemporary art jewelry through education, appreciation, and support for the field. AJF believes that exhibitions and catalogs are an essential part of the contemporary art jewelry infrastructure, by documenting history, fostering curatorial skills, providing opportunities for writing about contemporary art …

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The Sieraad Fair in Amsterdam

Overall view of the exhibition hall, Sieraad International Jewellery Art Fair, Amsterdam, photo: Ward Schrijver November 7–10, 2013 Every September, the Gashouder (“gasholder’”) in Amsterdam is a bit like the biblical Tower of Babel. During the Sieraad (“jewel”) International Jewellery Art Fair, many languages are spoken by both the participating artists—of whom only 35 percent …

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Jiro Kamata’s Workshop

A piece of reality, contemporary jewelry as a memory system February 16–20, 2013 Taller Tierra y Plata, Tlalpan Centro, Mexico City, Mexico This workshop then traveled to Guadalajara (Mexico), Santiago de Chile (Chile), and San José (Costa Rica). Kamata’s workshop is the second in the series Taller Viajero organized by Otro-Diseño Foundation (Mexico), Walka Studio …

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IN SIGHT SERIES / SNAG TORONTO

This year’s Society of North American Goldsmiths’ (SNAG) conference “Meta-Mosaic“ was held in May in Toronto, Canada. It was co-chaired by Paul McClure of George Brown College and Melanie Egan of the Harbourfront Centre, an “innovative not-for-profit cultural organization that creates events and activities of excellence.”[i] The Harbourfront Centre boasts a metals studio in its own craft department hosting “six to …

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In Sight Series / SNAG Toronto

The 2013 conference of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) was held in Toronto, Canada, in May and was organized by Paul McClure of George Brown College and Melanie Egan of the Harbourfront Centre. The conference was a gathering of mainly North American professional jewelers, academics, and students. The activities included lectures, short PechaKucha-like presentations, interviews, exhibitions, a trunk …

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KORU4 Symposium 2012: Kindred Spirits

  Finland has been quietly influencing the conversation in contemporary jewelry for many years by hosting events that incorporate workshops, exhibitions, and symposiums to showcase international and Finnish artists. These events started in 1997 and have occurred every three years, aiming to “bring together contemporary jewelers, curators, collectors, students, professors, and people interest in contemporary …

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Where Makers Fear to Tread

Assemble, the Crafts Council’s 2012 annual conference, was held this year in the prestigious headquarters of the Royal Institute of British Architects in Portland Place, London on September 20. Its theme: The contribution craft makes to innovation and enterprise and the relationship between making, science and technology. This was a conference well overdue, given our …

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Zimmerhof 2012

Conferences are strange creatures. They lure you into the depths and then drown you in overstimulation. And this conference had all of the allure – the presence of some of the best thinkers in the field – and all of the overstimulation, tempered somewhat by a farmyard location and a leisurely pace. I have complained …

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‘The Heat is On’ and the Air Conditioning is Blasting

About 600 conference attendees arrived in Scottsdale, Arizona in 100-degree weather for the 2012 SNAG conference (May 23-26) aptly titled The Heat is On. The setting was surreal—a vast, dry, desert landscape covered in suburban sprawl, swimming pools and lush golf courses, in a state whose Secretary of State was actually questioning the validity of the …

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