Sign up now for the 22nd Annual Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium, on Saturday, October 14, 2017.
This year’s speakers include: Montreal-based jeweler, author, world traveler, and Toolbox Initiative co-creator Matthieu Cheminée; New Orleans based modernist sculptor, and post-industrial, 21st century blacksmith Rachel David; self-taught engineer, inventor, and kinetic sculptor Arthur Ganson; San Francisco Bay Area art jeweler, curator, and Shibumi Gallery owner April Higashi; and Detroit based interdisciplinary sculptor and jewelry artist Tiff Massey.
This once a year gathering of makers and speakers from different corners of the Pacific Northwest and the globe is an eagerly awaited tradition for metalsmiths, artists, and jewelers of all stripes. Everyone is warmly invited to attend – registration is open to members and non-members alike. Registration TBA.
We return this year to Seattle’s Broadway Performance Hall on Capitol Hill, for old favorites and new faces: explore a selection of exceptional and hard-to-find metals and jewelry related titles at Charon Kransen’s Book Sale; and uncover unexpected treasures in the Symposium’s Silent Auctions—an opportunity to bid on unique metals, design, and jewelry related items donated by local artists and metalsmiths. The fun and conversation continues into the evening at the post-Symposium after-party at Rhein Haus.
Get your Metal on! There’s more to see and experience during the Symposium Weekend:
Friday, October 13:
- Steel Mill Tour (Spots are limited).
Sunday, October 15:
- Reception for “Contained” at KOBO at Higo – Join us for light refreshments and an Artist Talk for this year’s SMG exhibition at KOBO at Higo.
- Open House at Equinox Studios – Equinox Studios was founded in 2006 as an enclave of Artists and Artisans in a World War II era factory building in Georgetown, Seattle.
Stay tuned: Follow the SMG website, newsletter, and Facebook page for more on this year’s speakers and events.
Donate: Donations to the Silent Auction support the Seattle Metals Guild and its education and community based programming. Thank you to all who have contributed to previous auctions through their donations and bids. If you have objects, tools, materials, books, lesson offerings, or other contributions for the 2017 Silent Auctions, donate here: https://www.seattlemetalsguild.org/2016-symposium-silent-auction/
Join in: Become part of a like-minded community of artists and metalsmiths working together to make the Symposium a success. Interested in joining in? Contact Abby Frank at symposium@ seattlemetalsguild.org
Matthieu Cheminee: A journey with West African Jewelers
“In Africa, when an old man dies it is like a library burned down.”
-Amadou Hampathe Bâ
Jeweler and author Matthieu Cheminee will present on the life, techniques and tools of West African jewelers, as well as on the work that he is involved in to honor and preserve them. The making of his book, Legacy: Jewelry Techniques of West Africa, and a trip to Africa with Tim McCreight sparked the birth of Toolbox Initiative, a non profit organization assisting jewelers with limited resources through the collective strength of the metalworking community, and creating new connections worldwide.
Rachel David: The Intersection of Art and Responsibility
“Art is not a mirror to reflect society, Art is a hammer with which to shape it.” – Bertolt Brecht
Blacksmith Rachel David will discuss studio practice, processes, product quality and patron context, and will consider their effects and implications on the world: “Contemporary metalworking is at the intersection of art and responsibility. Our practices, however consumptive, include making products and, as importantly, making the tools to complete our various processes. That holistic power over process and product is our power to affect change and condemn complacency, in art, society, and our effects on the world around us.”
Arthur Ganson: Gestural Engineering
Arthur Ganson will address all aspects of his personal working process- from initial inspiration and early ideation to the final manifestation of the sculptures. He will talk about disparate influences, the engineering challenges and problem solving that occur along the way, and the beautifully organic manner in which all of this happens.
April Higashi: A Creative Life
Jewelry maker, designer, and gallery owner April Higashi will speak on her live-work space and the journey of building a career and family life around personal creativity.
Tiff Massey: What Up Doe
Tiff Massey will discuss and reflect on the ideas highlighted throughout her career – the iconic material culture of 1980’s hip-hop, observances of class and race, and African standards of economic vitality – exploring the journey to her current interdisciplinary practice of creating, that ranges from wearable to large-scale sculpture, design, installation and music.
For information about previous years….
Symposium 2016, click here: https://www.seattlemetalsguild.org/symposium-2016/
Symposium 2015, click here: https://www.seattlemetalsguild.org/symposium-2015/
Symposium 2014, click here: https://www.seattlemetalsguild.org/symposium-2014/