Happenings in Craft
Art of Craft Lecture Series
The Art of Craft Lecture Series is a bi-annual speakers series featuring the most recent Saidye Bronfman award winner (highest award for craft in Canada). The intention of the series is to animate a lively discourse around craft with the general public, emerging artists, post-secondary instructors and art collectors.
Adorning Expression: Art Jewellery Conversations
The 2018 Art of Craft Lectures provides lovers of fashion, art jewellery and those who see their bodies as a canvas for self-expression with an opportunity to explore the art jewellery scene in Canada today.
andy cooperman, poison ring, 2015
The first lecture is on April 30th and features, Seattle artist, Andy Cooperman. Cooperman is a metalsmith, educator and writer that works from his Seattle studio where he builds jewellery and objects for exhibitions and private clients. His work and writing have appeared in blogs, magazines and books, including Humor in Craft, Art Jewelry Today (I, II & III) and The Penland Book of Jewelry and is held in private and public collections such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, Central College in Pella Iowa, and the Tacoma Art Museum.
bridget catchpole, red stack
The second lecture, May 7th, is the ever engaging Vancouver artist Bridget Catchpole. As a Vancouver based jewellery artist, Catchpole’s work often conveys the dichotomies between worth and waste. Bridget upcycles non-recyclable and found plastics to use as a raw material in her one-of-a-kind pieces. Currently, her work looks at patterns of plastic waste and how it has become ubiquitous presence in the natural environment.
pamela ritchie, brooch, 2012
The 2017 Saidye Bronfman winner was Pamela Ritchie. Ritchie, a jewellery artist out of Hubley, NS, will be presenting the final lecture on May 14th. Pamela Ritchie creates jewellery that explores linkages between traditional craft processes, contemporary ideas of science and culture, and the language of alternative materials. Her work celebrates the concentrating effect of detail, and the paradox that an abundance of ideas, form, and pattern can be encapsulated in very small objects.