Crafting Sustainability is a two-day conference that brings together makers, researchers, educators, and students to interrogate the pairing of craft and sustainable practice. Co-organized by Craft Ontario and the Material Art and Design Department (MAAD) at OCAD University, the conference offers a platform for assessing the role of craft in fostering new paradigms for production and consumption in the 21st century.
Idea exchange and debate will be framed by questions that address what it means to be a responsible maker in a contemporary context. If sustainability is grounded in the principles of ecological responsibility, social equity, and economic viability, what models exist for craft adopting these principles to advance the health of communities? Do the embodied processes of craft production hold clues for new modes of knowledge and appreciation? Where do the challenges lie in translating craft methodologies to late-capitalist consumer culture?
Crafting Sustainability will be held at OCAD University, located in the Auditorium (190) at 100 McCaul Street, Toronto. Please see Program for dates and times, and Directions for wayfinding.
Generous support for the Crafting Sustainability conference is provided by the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council.
MARCH 12-20, 2015, THE GREAT HALL, OCAD UNIVERSITY, 100 MCCAUL STREET
OPENING RECEPTION, SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
An exhibition inspired by the 2015 Crafting Sustainability conference co-organized by Craft Ontario and the Material Art & Design Department (MAAD) at OCAD University.
The exhibition offers a platform for discussing craft and sustainable practice while fostering new paradigms for production and consumption in the 21st century. Sustainability is grounded in the principles of ecological responsibility, social equity, and economic viability. As makers and designers we have the power to influence social culture through the utensils and materials related to the preparation or consumption of food while challenging the conspicuous paradigm of contemporary consumer culture. In cultures around the world the preparation, consumption and rituals associated with food are achieved using dishes and implements often made of ceramics, metal and fibre. Craft has the power to reassert the enduring object, replacing that which is ephemeral and disposable.
The convenience of fast food is being challenged by the “slow food movement”, in which food preparation is considered a sensation to be savored and enjoyed as much as the meal itself. Material objects define the parameters of these fast and slow food movements and illustrate the trend toward sustainable practices in both food production and consumption. Participants were encouraged to challenge their own perceptions around the issues of food and sustainable craft practices in the creation of work that invites the viewer to “Come Eat With Us.”
During the opening of the exhibition Setsuko Sanagawa, Helen Kong and Sorlie Madox will be performing a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony to illustrate how tradition and food rituals can help sustain a culture. Please join us!
As part of their role as a centre of excellence for education and research, and a catalyst for creative inquiry and cultural development, ACAD publishes a series of gallery limited edition catalogues, student publications, and College reports throughout the year. ACAD is proud of our long history of research and critical thought, and publications such as our Catalyst magazine focus each year on showcasing the inspiring work done by our faculty and students, as well as by our Alumni from around the world. There are a couple of short exposes on ACAD faculty – Dee Fontans and Jeff DeBoer. Jeff DeBoer was a guest speaker at a past MAGC AGM.
They just released their Annual Report:
Joailliers expérimentés, voyageurs ou grands techniciens, nos conférenciers viennent partager leur savoir-faire, toujours avec passion et générosité. Les calendriers sont mis à jour en début de session.
Pour soumettre une conférence, contactez Claudia Gravel.
Prenez note qu’il est nécessaire de réserver votre place pour assister aux conférences. Pour ce faire, contactez Katherine David, au 514-281-9922 poste 201.
Vendredi le 27 février, 17h30
Conférence en anglais
Charles Lewton-Brainstudied and worked in Europe and North America. He lectures and publishes internationally on his research into rapid manipulation of metal and it’s surface for artistic and manufacturing purposes. He invented Fold-Forming, an internationally recognized new approach to working sheet metals. Head of the Jewellery/Metals Program at the Alberta College of Art and Design, he writes, exhibits and works in his studio. He thinks of himself as an artist who works primarily in the context of body ornament. He is a founding partner in the world’s largest free educational web site for jewellers, ganoksin.com.
Durée: 90 minutes
BLOG ALERT: GLORIA HICKEY CRAFT WRITER
Gloria Hickey is an independent curator and writer living in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador with more than 250 published craft related articles. She holds a Masters degree in Philosophy of Art from the University of Toronto (1981) and has curated major exhibitions. She has also published a chapter in the book The Culture of Craft (Manchester University Press 1997) and has edited two books published by the Canadian Museum of Civilization – Common Ground: Contemporary Craft, Architecture and the Decorative Arts (1999) and Making and Metaphor: A Discussion of Meaning in Contemporary Craft (1994). She is a two-time winner of the Betty Park Award for Critical Writing, and received the 2010 award for Cultural Leadership in the Atlantic Region. In 2011, she was the first winner of the Critical Eye award in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Check out her blog here.
Don't forget to check out our "Opportunities" tab for new call for entries, events, and exhibitions to participate in!
Registration OPEN: CanIRON X
EVENT DAY: July 2nd-5th, 2015, Nova Scotia
Blacksmiths, metal enthusiasts, sculptors, artists, and individuals seeking something out of the ordinary, are making their travel plans to the rugged and beautiful island of Cape Breton, off the east coast of Canada. They will travel by air, sea, and ground; over the picturesque rural hills of Cape Breton and along the pristine waters of the Bras d’Or Lakes. Arriving on the shore of Baddeck Bay in the historic village of Baddeck, where the ringing of anvils and the fires of the forge will welcome them to CanIRON X, a celebration and convention on the craft of blacksmithing.
Drawn together by an art form that has played a pivotal role in the history of human society and culture, organizers are expecting hundreds of people to participate in CanIRON X. Visitors can attend lectures, watch blacksmithing demonstrations or take instructional classes. They can also visit an ironworks gallery, learn about the heritage of blacksmithing in Canada, stroll through a vendors market, and enjoy food, drink and conversation with the international blacksmithing community.
MAG Platinum member Claudio Pino will be presenting a few rings for the Canada Craft Year 2015 at the "Naked Craft Exhibition". Curators : Denis Longchamps, Juliette Macdonald, Arno Verhoeven, and Sandra Alfoldy.
Here is the schedule of this travelling show:
Art Gallery of Burlington (June 20 to September 6 2015)
Materia, Quebec City(September 26 to November 28 2015)
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax (January 14 to April 10 2016).
The Exhibition in Print is out! A big thank you to everyone who came together to make this issue a success.
Congratulations to all our participants!
Elizabeth Goluch, Snail (Slow Journey Home)
Paul W. Leathers, Secret, anyone's is open, if waited for long enough (90) v2.0
Claudio Pino, The Golden Chameleon
Shuang Feng, Commitment - Vincent Van Gogh
Early Bird Registration Open for CanIRON X
Canada’s Next National Blacksmithing Event
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada (November 10, 2014) – The Cape Breton Blacksmiths Association (CBBA) has opened registration for the 10th Canadian National Blacksmithing Conference, CanIRON X. The event is happening July 2nd – 5th, 2015 in the historic village of Baddeck, Nova Scotia; Canadian home to legendary inventor Alexander Graham Bell.
Prolific and acclaimed metal sculptor Albert Paley of Rochester, NY, will be giving a two-day lecture on design during the conference, while a line-up of prominent blacksmiths from the U.S., Canada, and Europe demonstrate and teach techniques and methods of forging metal.
“This event is not just for people who are practicing blacksmiths,” says CBBA president, Grant Haverstock. “It will inspire artists and designers of all media, anyone with an involvement or interest in metal, and those who are totally unfamiliar with the craft.”
“Artists will be showcasing pieces of ironwork in a gallery showcase, there will be a youth-led component for young smiths, a vendors section, great musical entertainment and plenty of forging. This is all, of course, in addition to the outstanding headlining blacksmith demonstrations and lectures we have arranged.”
The four-day CanIRON X event will also celebrate the blacksmithing craft as part of Canada’s Craft Year in 2015 and the International Year of Light.
For More Information:
Grant Haverstock, President
(902) 756 – 4766
La Pai 7th Annual Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition
Saturday, November 29th, 1-5p.m.
Art Jewellery Forum - Shows & Tales
Keep tuned into Art Jewellery Forum's upcoming book - Shows & Tales!
With the jewelry community's help, AJF has gone above and beyond its Kickstarter goal of $12,000.
Keep telling everyone you know about this project--support this book so we can make an even better publication that supports the field of contemporary jewelry.
Backing for jewelry books, exhibitions, and projects isn't easy to come by.
Shows & Tales will be a 200-page paperback book with flaps and full-color illustrations. The book will be edited and designed by Benjamin Lignel.
While the topic of exhibition making occupies an ever more important place in art theory, there has never been a publication on the subject with jewelry as its focus. Shows & Tales aims to remedy this absence. The book will provide an historical overview of jewelry exhibitions, an understanding of the challenges in showing jewelry in public spaces, and insight into what curation can do to jewelry objects. Shows & Tales aims to help professional and amateur curators articulate the relative importance of selection, mediation, and experience design, and question their assumptions about display conventions.
Sante Fe Symposium
9th Annual Santa Fe Symposium® Accepting Registrations Now:
Learn About the Latest Jewelry Research & Innovation for Jewelers
Registration is open, and now is the time for professionals in the jewelry industry to seize a unique
opportunity! Every year, the Santa Fe Symposium® on Jewelry Manufacturing Technology invites
jewelry professionals from around the world who are working to know more and build businesses
success. Throughout the 31⁄2 days of this renowned conference, casters, manufacturers and
entrepreneurs enjoy presentations on state-of-the-art techniques, new research, and the latest
innovations in the jewelry industry. Each day, and well into the evening, opportunities abound to meet
with colleagues, discuss ideas, and build professional networks. Register now to attend the Symposium
on May 17–20, 2015, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
For 2015, presentation topics range from methods for blackening silver to internet marketing to
investment casting of titanium to digital design to brand building—it's all here and there will be a great
deal that could directly benefit you and your business. Says Eddie Bell, the driving force behind the
Symposium, “There is one reason I attend Santa Fe Symposium year after year without fail: I learn
more there than I do through the rest of the year.”
The jewelry industry sees floods of new technologies in each and every year, from thermoplastics
to shifting regulations and business requirements to 3D computer-aided jewelry design. Santa Fe
Symposium attracts professionals from the most successful companies in the industry, professionals
who are eager to combine tried-and-true techniques with innovative technology that expands the limits
of jewelry design and manufacture. The result is a unique integration of art and science that inspires
innovative design and production methodology in ways that were unheard of just a few short years ago.
“The Symposium is all about the science of making jewelry and, for me, it is a lot more than that,” says>
Gary Dawson, professional designer/goldsmith and six-time presenter at the Symposium, “It is the
opportunity to meet people who are every bit as passionate about making jewelry as I am and to share
and absorb that passion during every waking moment.”
Registration for Santa Fe Symposium is now open; the conference will be held May 17–20, 2015,
in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Scholarships are available to a few qualified applicants; because the
number varies from year to year based on sponsorship levels, early application is encouraged. For
more information, visit santafesymposium.org or contact the Rio Grande marketing department at
505.839.3249 or toll-free at 800.952.6222.
Entries have now closed for the MAGC 2014 Exhibition in Print, "Conceal/Reveal".
By midnight on Friday, 31 October, we had received entries from MAGC members across the country from British Columbia to Newfoundland, and from as far afield as Las Cruces, New Mexico!
The works curated by Ken Vickerson (Chair of Material Arts and Design at OCAD University) will form the 2014 MAGC Exhibition in Print, Conceal/Reveal, and will be showcased in the December 2014 issue of MAGazine and on the MAGC website.
Congratulations to this year's entrants – you have done us, and yourselves, very proud!
For more information, please visit: www.metalartsguild.ca/page/exhibition-in-2014
Exhibition in Print 2014 published: December 2014
Please email Mary K. McIntyre firstname.lastname@example.org or Tara Owen email@example.com
To become a member of MAGC, visit: www.metalartsguild.ca/page/guild-members-1
Craft Year is a year-long, nation-wide festival aimed at promoting craft as a key player in Canadian Culture. The type of events we are looking for can include craft exhibitions, fairs, book launches, open houses, conferences, workshops, competitions, publications, community events and more. All events registered for Craft Year 2015 will be displayed here on our website for the whole world to see.
In the first launch of Craft Year in 2007 over 700 events took place, deeming it as an international hit. This lead to an expanded high profile of activity such as the invitation to Canada as the special guest country at the 2009 Cheongju International Craft Biennale in Cheongju, South Korea.
There are two ways in which to participate: you can re-brand your already planned events for 2015 with the Craft Year logo, which can be found on the official website, or you can take the initiative to help us set the stage for craft in Canada by creating new activities/events designed specifically for Craft Year, or you could do both.