Happenings in Craft
Adorning Expression: Art Jewelry 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 jewelry scene in Canada today.
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 jewelry 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.
The second lecture, May 7th, is the every 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.
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.