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Holiday 2020

Studio Visits

Presented by The Society of Arts + Crafts

November 12 – December 31 | entirely online

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Alloys by Arnold328

Elizabeth Arnold
"I like to focus on three things as a jewelry maker: That the jewelry be satisfying to make, that it looks good, and that it feels good. Satisfying jewelry is jewelry I’m excited to make- and I think that joy lives on in the completed jewelry. The second is about the piece of jewelry itself: the design should be interesting, unexpected even, but also clean and deliberate. The last one is all about you: a particular piece of jewelry may be the shiniest, cleverest, most fashionable thing, but that's the less important part of the job. It also has to be physically comfortable to wear and help you be seen in the way you want to be seen. "Elizabeth is a graduate of Oberlin College, where along with a studio art degree she picked up the rudiments of making chainmail-based jewelry designs. After designing and selling chainmail jewelry for several years, she expanded her jewelry making skills into goldsmithing with a degree from North Bennet Street School, and worked as a bench jeweler for three years with Melanie Casey Jewelry. Now she is building her own jewelry fabrication and design business Alloys by Arnold. Alloys by Arnold supplies necklaces, bracelets, rings, and custom-fit unpierced earrings in original and customer-commissioned designs to those who enjoy jewelry with an organic modern aesthetic and classic quality. ... See profile
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Baby Sweaters by L'Agneau247

Gaylene Heppe
"I believe in the artistry of hand knitting. My craft allows me the creativity of pattern, texture, and design. My Hand-knit items are made to withstand the test of time, and my original designs draw upon generations of classic style interpreted with timeless combinations of patterns. These sweaters are created to fit little bodies and allow for growth. I use only the finest quality natural fiber yarns that are resilient, warm, and washable. Each little sweater is a work of art but don't be fooled, each one will withstand your child's rough and tumble play and survive to be passed along to siblings."Following a rewarding career as an Elementary School Principal, this teacher, Mom, and Nana, built her website and business practicing a craft she learned when she was 10 years old. Gaylene Heppe finds creating and designing baby sweaters both challenging and rewarding. She hand-knits each sweater with attention to detail, style, and fit, so that the Baby Sweaters by L'Agneau label assures finely crafted quality. Gaylene personally hand-knits each sweater with the finest quality natural fiber yarn at her home on Cape Cod.... See profile
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Arielle Brackett
"My coral series is a body of work that I created with bronze, sterling silver, nickel and powdercoating. I am interested in the idea of making work that represents ocean corals that I have imagined. I use a technique called cuttlebone casting to create the majority of the texture. Cuttlebone casting is a meditative process for me. I carve into the bone of a cuttlefish and each layer reveals the texture beneath. Once I have my desired form, I make a mold and pour molten metal directly into the bone. As a result, a beautiful and repetitive texture is created. Afterwards, I pierce away parts of the metal to create patterns. The strongest forms are then molded and reproduced in lost wax castings. I then manipulate, form and combine the castings together. Lastly, I sift or electrically bond durable powder coated colors to the surface of the castings. The bright and vibrant colors create more depth to the beautiful motifs inspired by imagined coral."Arielle Brackett is a metalsmith and educator based in Portland, Oregon. She received her BFA in metals at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2017. She has shown nationally and internationally, including Canada, Romania and Russia. Brackett was awarded best in metals at the Colorado Gallery of the Arts and the Art Center of Estes Park and Juror’s Choice Award in Jewelry from CraftForms 2021. She received two scholarships to paint in Le Barroux, France and Grand Junction, Colorado. In May 2016, Brackett was granted a full ride scholarship to attend a two-week glass workshop at the Penland School of Craft. Brackett is published in Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), Jams 2018 and How Art Heals, by Andra Stanton. In 2019, she had a piece in a runway show, Shift in Portland, Oregon. Brackett showed work in SNAG’s Exhibition in Motion in 2019 and 2021. ... See profile
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Dawn Lombard - Glass & Metal74

Dawn Lombard
"I am fascinated by the beauty that can come from chaos, whether it is the creative storm in my head or a simple piece of scrap metal with a jumble of glass waiting to be transformed. My creativity is only limited by what I have yet to try. Failure is expected for my design phase as I strive to let my hands transform my thoughts until they work as one and a new piece of art comes to life."Dawn worked in the corporate world for over twenty-five years while her heart dreamed of another path. In 2015, Dawn broke the shackles of the 9-to-5 grind to release the artist inside and embraced the liberation of whimsical design using colorful glass and metal. Inspired by the unexpected, Dawn doesn't plan her designs; she never knows where her freedom and mind will lead her. ... See profile
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Dawna Gillespie Adornments188

Dawna Gillespie
"Make a statement and start a conversation with Dawna Gillespie Adornments! Transcending the allure of simply adorning the body, my artwork consciously explores the illumination of personal presentation and facilitates an individual expression. I hand fabricate never-reproduced adornments to defy a world inundated with mass-produced accessories. Beginning with a sketch and a personal narrative, adornments take shape using raw copper, brass, a jeweler's saw and techniques such as: sawing, piercing, ammonia/rock salt patina, torch-fired heat patina, oxidation, ferric chloride etching, sgraffito, hammering, forming, forging, stamping, and cold-connecting with hand fabricated rivets. Textures and hand drawn motifs symbolize and examine the theories of femininity, fertility, domesticity, marriage, and sexuality. With an unwavering purpose to restore and reunite: individuality, reverence to craftsmanship, and the world's intrinsic beauty; I am connecting never-reproduced adornments and beautiful souls together, one at a time. Breathe life back into your wardrobe and home by choosing adornments that say something extraordinary! "From the Soul ~ For the Soul""Dawna Gillespie is a metalsmith and jewelry designer from Lubbock, Texas. She holds a BFA in Visual Studies from Texas Tech University and has since found success as a, nationally recognized and published, professional metalsmith. Her wearable artworks and adornments for the home have been exhibited all across the country. Dawna has been included in the following exhibitions: International Metal Jewelry Artistry Awards (juried by James Carter and Michael Sturlin); Cold Connections; VisionMakers2018 (juried by Emily Zilber); Hidden Treasures: Enveloped Metalwork (juried by Don Friedlich); Celebrating American Craft; Jewelry ~ Curated by Sydney Lynch; CraftBoston Studs+Drops; and Sawed, Soldered, and Constructed. Gillespie has been published in the following: 10-page spread in Belle Armoire Jewelry, national publication, as the “Designer Collection”; featured on Texas Country Reporter; 1 of 3 Semi-Finalists in the “Fashion & Style” category for the Texas Works Awards; and featured in New South Finds by Linda Jerkins.... See profile
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Jeffrey Lloyd Dever
"All my works are sculptural studies – explorations of where the material world of my daily life intersects my naturalistic musings. From the early days of my childhood, the hills, orchards, streams, and woodlands of my small New England home infused my aesthetics. It is to that natural world that I retreat when I seek inspiration. In those still, quiet moments, my mind takes wing and soars as I dialogue with my Creator. "Jeffrey Lloyd Dever holds a BS degree in Fine Art from Atlantic Union College, 1976. He is a founding partner and creative director of Dever Designs in Silver Spring, MD. He served on the contract/adjunct faculty of Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland for 20 years, where he taught illustration and graphic design. Sought after as an instructor, he has taught classes across North America and in Europe. He enjoys sharing his pioneering techniques with others as often as his schedule allows. Mr. Dever's polymer vessels, jewelry, and sculptural objects have been shown in many national and international invitational exhibitions, and his works are represented in numerous private collections, galleries, and museums.... See profile
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Genevieve Flynn Studio195

Genevieve Flynn
"The fluid lines and sensuous feel of the Art Nouveau era along with the beauty of nature is reflected in my work. Using nature as my inspiration, I endeavor to create expertly crafted heirloom jewelry and vessels. As an artist I receive gratification from working in noble metals that someday will be owned, displayed, utilized or worn by clients in their everyday life. I hope to have my artwork passed down from generation to generation. Over my 45-year career I have worked in gold, sterling silver, Argentium silver, precious stones and copper. I fabricate all of my work and use ancient metal techniques such as repoussé, granulation (a process that fuses gold to silver), saw piercing, Keum-boo a gold leaf application and many others are incorporated to add detail, interest and beauty. I am a self taught silversmith continually striving to learn and hone my techniques and skills. I was trained as a goldsmith and moved into designing and creating my work in silver and gold in the late 1980's. I have particiapted in the American Craft Council shows as well as coordinated a national craft show in the Baltimore area for 10 years. My studio allows me to teach silversmithing workshops as well as bring national and international instructors in to offer workshops in their specialty of metals."Award winning silversmith, Genevieve Flynn, has been working in precious metals for 45 years creating hollowware and art jewelry family heirlooms.  Flynn has been invited to create numerous private commissions, including an intricately repoussé hand mirror presented to music industry personality, Paula Abdul and a commemorative 1985 World Series pin for the late Ewing Kauffman, of the Kansas City Royals. During her seven year employment as a bench jeweler she perfected her construction skills and went on to study the repoussé art form working under the Italian master instructor, Fabrizio Acquafresca and Valentin Yotkov, top artists in their field. Genevieve has won many awards including a Saul Bell International Design Award in Hollowware/Art Objects as well as exhibiting her work across the world. As a master chaser and silversmith, Flynn has dedicated a major portion of her career to teaching students the technical intricacies of working with precious metals. ... See profile
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Hetty Friedman Designs119

Hetty Friedman
"It all started at age 13 when I took a weaving class at summer camp. It was like a miracle to me - you put gorgeous colored yarns on the loom and pull off a gorgeous piece of fabric. I am continually in awe of the process. The surprises that emerge from combining different types of fibers and colors into one warp always amaze me. The simplicity of the grid combined with the limitlessness of the textures and hues keep seducing me to design my pieces. I work mainly with bamboo, rayon and Tencel fibers. They weave into fabric that has a wonderful "hand," great drape, and resiliency. I often add unusual novelty yarns as supplemental warps. Hand-painting warps allows me to create unique pieces in a limitless variety of colors. The warp threads are my canvas. While the warp and weft are at right angles, the applied dyes can flow and meld."Hetty fell in love with weaving at a Connecticut arts camp in 1966 and has never looked back. It has taken her through a degree in Visual Design (MFA), study and work in inventory control management (MBA), and a successful 30-year management career in the garment industry. Utilizing her business savvy in a partnership with a Fair Trade weaver’s cooperative, she travels many times a year to Guatemala to teach Mayan back-strap weavers new techniques and to design products. Hetty Friedman Designs was founded in 2009. Hetty's designs are sold in museum shops, boutiques, art events, and online. Hetty’s main inspirations are the Bauhaus artists, Guatemalan indigenous weavers, Matisse, and Picasso. She often hand-paints her yarn, combining strong and unusual colors. Hetty weaves on a 36-inch 4 harness Le Clerc loom and an 8 harness Macomber loom which dominate the third floor studio in her Newton, Massachusetts home.... See profile
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Meg Black Studio270

Meg Black
"The subject of my art is nature. I am drawn to the colors and textures of the New England landscape, fields of wildflowers, rolling hills of golden rod, and in particular the primordial pull of the sea. Not just any seashore, but the North Atlantic, with its harsh terrain, ice-cold water, and thunderous crashing waves. Here, rocks are thrown to the shore by an unrelenting tide. The metaphor of life is in this imagery-the rocks are harder than the water, but the water can be fiercer and can move the rocks at will. This is for me the metaphor for life, we long for the smoothness of the water, but are shaped by the steeliness of the rocks. Using abaca (a plant fiber) and cotton pulp that I beat in my Hollander beater, combined with pure pigments, commercial paint, and pearlescent pigments, I create an array of textures and colors that imitates those found along the shoreline. In this way, I attempt to depict the emotional pull of the sea and to tell my story using simple materials much like a poet uses words. "Meg Black has been a practicing artist working with natural fibers for over thirty years. Her focus on nature’s palette, detailed compositions, and atmospheric perspective yield stunning landscapes, seascapes, and garden views. Her paintings are acclaimed for their textured surface and colorful luminosity. Meg received a PhD. in Education from Lesley University, an MFA in Studio Art from the Massachusetts College of Art, and a BFA from the State University of New York, Oswego. She has extensive teaching experience. Currently, she is the Coordinator of Art Education at Salem State University. Meg’s work has been included in multiple group and solo exhibitions and has been acquisitioned into private, corporate, healthcare, and public collections. Collectors of her work live as far away as Venice, Italy to the remote corners of northern Alaska. As a widely acclaimed artist, Meg has been asked to contribute to several art publications including The Arts, Aesthetics, and Education, Salem State University Sextant, and Hand Papermaking Magazine. She has appeared on New England Chronicle and Home and Garden TV. She currently calls Topsfield, MA. home where she spends long hours cocooned in her attached studio. ... See profile
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Naomi Grace McNeill Jewelry883

Naomi Grace Mcneill
"Magic happens when design, fabrication, and efficiency meet and this is where I aim to mingle. I have been mildly obsessed with the hexagon shape for about 15 years. It is the most structurally sound shape to build and the pattern possibilities are infinite. Even after all of this time, I still adore them."Naomi Grace McNeill is a designer and metalsmith in Portland Maine. She primarily works in gold, silver, platinum and copper. She earned a BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry from Maine College of Art in 2008. Naomi joined The Metals Collective in 2010 thru present and in 2016 her ‘Wasp Ring’ won a NICHE award. Inspired by the delicate nature of honeycomb and an engineer at heart, she is captivated by the process of design and forming metal. Her work is fabricated using techniques such as forging, forming, filing and soldering. Her obsession with hexagons has become a framework within which she explores playful possibilities for the wearer and the viewer. This encourages a conversation about beauty, light, shadow, and movement: An elegant catalyst to inspire awareness of our effect on the world as we know it, the goal is to positively affect what it will become. ... See profile
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Emilie Pritchard
"I am fascinated by the possibilities of geometric form. Engineered structures and the forms of the microscopic world, including carbon nanotubes and molecular structures, provide inspiration. My primary material is metal tubes. I use tubes of sterling silver and 14 kt gold fill, handcutting them to the lengths I need to make the geometry work. I oxidize the silver tubes, because the dark metal enhances the bridge-truss-ish look of the jewelry. I join the tubes with a high-tech thread to build polygons, and build these into complex 3D structures. This technique produces pieces that hold their shape, but because they are not soldered into a single unit, they are not entirely rigid and can move with the body. The mathematical basis of the work provides clarity within complex designs, and it allows me to create pieces that enclose a large volume of space while remaining open and minimalist."Emilie Pritchard is a self-taught artist. Her academic training was as a lawyer but she spent 40 years in the sailboat business in Panama City, FL. Her explorations into craft began with weaving. She focused on rugweaving, and began showing her geometric patterned rugs at art festivals, first around Florida but eventually at the Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington Fine Craft Show and other prestigious shows. A magazine article about geometric beadwork started her on a new path. She began “playing” with beads, and found that, after years of flat geometric design she was fascinated by the possibilities in 3D geometry. She started with glass seed beads, but came to realize that longer, narrower beads showed off the structure of the work better. They kept getting longer and narrower, till now she cuts tubes of sterling silver, and builds chains of polyhedrons to form jewelry. She continues her explorations in that vein, pushing her limits and growing every day.... See profile
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Jenne Rayburn
"As a goldsmith and enamel artist who studied interior design and architecture, I think of myself as both an artist and designer, however, design is my worldview; the lens through which I view, evaluate and understand the world around me. Jewelry blends art and science, form and function, creativity and innovation. For me, the process of creation from researching to sketching, selecting materials and fabricating, is inspiring. Curiosity, problem solving, and my search for identity, motivates me to continually reimagine what is possible. I love to travel, meet people and hear their stories. I am passionate about history, and the connection I feel to past civilizations when using the ancient and revered techniques of enameling and metalwork. I am intrigued with the boundary between civilization and wildness. Mythology and folklore, mysticism and superstition, and the corresponding symbols, characters and stories that exist in every culture in every era, suggest the profound roots of our collective effort to come to terms with the world that surrounds us. My work combines drawing and painting with texturing and patterning, in a process of fusing thin coats of specially prepared ground glass to metal in a kiln, using high, controlled heat. I strive to create depth and luminosity with hand drawn designs and multilayered finishes that reveal different aspects of color and metal as they move. I also use three dimensionally formed metal, ink, luster, pencils, Limoges paints, mason stains and decals to achieve richly textured, curiously evocative and technically innovative contemporary work. "Jenne Rayburn is a Boston-based goldsmith, enamelist and designer. She grew up in the farming country of southeastern Washington State, and studied art, interior design and architecture at the University of Washington and the University of Massachusetts. A lifelong artist and arts advocate, Jenne believes that the arts and crafts of our world are critical to the development of creative societies. History and tradition, vernacular design and indigenous peoples inspire Jenne's glass and metal work. Using traditional and innovative vitreous enamel techniques combined with steel, silver and copper, Jenne sees her work as narrative and she searches for meaning in the convergence of mythology, identity and ornament. She is fascinated with myths and folklore that recount heroic adventures and connect us to a larger purpose. These stories strive to express the mystery and complexity of the human experience and the relationships that influence and inspire us. ... See profile