September 09 2013

Mira Nakashima is the daughter of renowned 20th Century furniture designer George Nakashima (1905-1990.)  To honor her father, she and her team of craftspeople have created a new body of work that reflects the heritage of his handcrafted furniture.   The exhibit is at the Moderne Gallery in Philadelphia.  Come see works that build upon Nakashima's approach to meticulous design while introducing the next generation of Nakashima Woodworkers.   The exhibit runs 9/20-11/2.

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September 03 2013

Jemma Helliker’s grandma and mother introduced her to the art of knitting on a cold winter evening in 2009. They patiently fixed her mistakes as she struggled through her first baby beanie. The finished hat was ugly, but she was hooked.  Today she dreams about new patterns and spends her free time experimenting and creating new accessories out of beautiful yarns.

Her shop, Squidge & Bean, contains hand-knit accessories crafted from the finest merino and alpaca wool sourced from independent hand dyers from the USA and Uruguay. Each item is lovingly created by Jemma in her smoke-free, pet-free home.  Her style is classic and simple -- committed to using only independently produced animal and plant-based yarns.  She creates items that allow the yarn to be the star.  Check her great work out on her equally great blog, Squidge & Bean.

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August 28 2013

Rachel Timmins received her MFA in Studio Art (Metals Concentration) in December 2012 and her BFA in Metal/Jewelry Design with a Minor in Sculpture from Buffalo State College in 2009. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions both nationally and internationally in venues such as the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, the Design Museum London and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Rachel’s work can be seen in numerous publications such as Unexpected Pleasures published by Rizzoli Publications, Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective published by Lark Books and Jewel Book: International Annual of Contemporary Jewel Art published by Stitchting Kunst Boek. She is commissioned regularly to make custom works.  Her work is on display at the Snyderman-Works Galleries through September 28th.

 

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August 26 2013

Worn under Medieval armor, chain mail is made of tiny interlocking metal rings designed to protect a body in motion.  Ruth Borgenicht uses the chain mail pattern and other woven patterns to create ceramic works that conjure up a sense of permanence and defensive concealment. Like the ancient armor, her pieces are made of a fabric of moveable interlocking rings. Using clay to make a protective mesh is contradictory; for how can it defend anything, much less itself? Visually stone-like, the pieces appear strong and impenetrable, belying their inherent fragility.

Her work is on display at the Snyderman-Works Galleries through September 28th.

 

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August 22 2013

Founded in 1974 by five artists in need of workspace, The Clay Studio was envisioned as a stepping stone for students fresh out of art school, offering affordable studio space and shared equipment. Within a short time however, Clay Studio artists consciously shifted the Studio's mission from an inward focus to an outward educational and community focus.  As the Studio grew, they began to design programs with the goal of building a wide-ranging ceramic art community.  Learn more about this amazing Old City staple, their upcoming exhibits and how you can take a class.  Check out their schedule of workshops and classes for all ages.

 

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August 19 2013

Donna D’Aquino’s steel jewelry and sculptures hint at organized chaos: geometrical patterns repeat and converge; circles, squares, and triangles overlap; lines bisect and build; coils contribute texture and structure. The overall effect is refreshing and minimalistic, but also mesmerizing - there are layers upon layers to examine and consider, and one can’t help but marvel at how well they all come together.  Check out her work at the American Craft Council.  She’ll also be at the Philadelphia Contemporary Craft Show (Nov 7-10.)  Stop by and say hi!

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August 13 2013

Jennifer’s bold, fashion forward and artfully designed jewelry is a refreshing alternative to the status quo. Inspired by the repetitive geometric forms of art deco and the clean lines of contemporary design, she seeks out alternative materials to transform into wearable works of art.   See more of her work on her site here.

Or better yet, meet her in person at the Philadelphia Contemporary Craft Show (Nov 7-10.)

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August 06 2013

Calling all Potters!   For years, potters Sandi Pierantozzi and Neil Patterson have made beautiful and functional pottery from their studio in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia.   Their love of clay and its vitality lead them to create the Handbuilt Conference, where working potters could share their techniques with aspiring and like-minded artisans. This year they’re bringing together a host of local potters for three days of demonstrations, conversations and inspiration.  The Conference will take place September 20th - 22nd at Montgomery County Community College.   Register early (by August 15th) for a discounted fee.  Learn all about the conference, the artists and how to register at their site today!

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August 01 2013

Fishtown’s Craft Foundry is passionate about providing Eco-friendly handcrafted gifts for the body and home. Each purchase is promoting a more sustainable planet by either being made locally or using recycled materials, or both.   See all their Earth-friendly crafts here.   Or find out how to take a class.  Either way, you'll be giving Mother Nature a nice pat on the back.

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July 30 2013

Acclaimed Philadelphia-based artists Keir Johnston and Ernel Martinez developed this textile installation as part of their Hemmed Up project for the National Museum of American Jewish History.   It was part of the Museum’s inaugural year of their OPEN for Interpretation artist-in-residence program. The team was inspired by the American Jewish relationship to the textile industry and the themes of immigration, labor and struggle.  You can see the work through August 25th.   Check out the link here.  

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July 23 2013

Clay artist David Eichelberger wants to quietly challenge our preconceived notions and expectations.  He makes vessels that don’t hold things.  Lids that don’t cover things.  And all the while, he plays with exaggerated proportion and visual rhythms.  See more at his very nifty site.  Or better yet, plan to stop by the Philadelphia Contemporary Craft Show (Nov 7-10) and see his work in person.

 

 

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July 19 2013

So you want to learn how to blow glass, do you?  Well then there’s no better place to take a class than the Crefeld School in Philly.  For over 10 years they’ve been teaching the age-old traditions of glassblowing, flameworking and casting.  Check out the gallery of work that students (just like you) have created.

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July 13 2013

Artist Jupi Das takes a single piece of paper and, using knives and scissors, creates one-of-a-kind works of art.  Each is intricate, delicate and pretty darn mind-blowing.  Did we mention she starts with a single piece of paper?  Check out her designs and be prepared to look at paper in a whole new light.

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July 09 2013

Yarn bombs – or Yarnstorming -- are the new, non-permanent, colorful alternatives to graffiti art.  Take a look at what these amazing artists are up to lately – making jolly old England a bit more jolly.   Their site is (ahem) the bomb.

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July 01 2013

We’re really mesmerized by Susan Hagen’s wood sculptures.  Each character captures the subtle manifestations and conditions of the human condition.  Check out her amazing world at the Center for Art in Wood til July 20.

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May 15 2013

Maria Eife mixes traditional jewelry methods with modern inputs from computer programs such as Rhino and Adobe Illustrator to create her fresh and dynamic designs. She incorporates the use of laser cutters and 3D printing and uses a variety of materials such as nylon, rubber, sterling silver and felt. Her designs are eye catching and also communicate a deeper message. But don't take our word for it. See so much more on her great site.

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May 15 2013

Alison Cannon is the owner of Woolymamma fiber arts. She makes beautiful felted wool decor. But let Alison speak for herself. “I make felted wool pieces using a combination of shibori, applique and reverse applique. Shapes and textures from nature inspire my designs, but so too do the funky pop-art shapes of the ’70s design I grew up with! My art is meant to be an interactive experience. Each work starts as a knitted fabric that is then fulled and manipulated in various ways. There is an element of surprise in the process." Surprise yourself at Woolymamma here.

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May 15 2013

Dan Mirer started working in glass at the age of 16 and honed his skills by studying at Rochester Institute of Technology, Alfred University and the Pukeberg School of Design, Sweden. He incorporates both innovative and traditional glassmaking techniques. The result? Vessles that are elegantly shaped - as decorative as they are functional. See more of his beautiful work here.

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April 29 2013

Eric Boos starts with his porcelain forms - in all white - and then adds vibrant glazes in bold colors. What we're left with are clean, sumptuous lines and forms. He's a featured artist at Philly's Snyderman-Works Gallery in Old City. Don't miss him.

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April 26 2013

Artist Mark Nantz starts with wood. But then he encases the vessel, or integrates it, with materials such as ebony or precious metals to create exquisite containers that are an aesthetic delight. No wonder he received the Wharton Esherick Museum Prize For Excellence In Wood at the 2012 Craft Show.   “With every piece I make, my goal is for it to be clearly identifiable as my own and flawlessly executed,” says Mark. See his impressive galleries here.

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