Saturday, July 24, 2010

National Design Awards

Via Core77

...The award winners and finalists attended a special luncheon at the White House, hosted by the First Lady. It was a very festive event and the setting reinforced the tremendous amount of design talent that exists in this country. Mrs. Obama's speech emphasized the importance of design and arts education, and celebrated the value of the work of the award winners.

Wayne Clough, the Secretary of the Smithsonian, introduced the National Design Award program and thanked the sponsors, and I showed slides of the winners and their work, naming both finalists and winners, you can see them here. I was lucky enough to sit next to the First Lady for lunch, so we talked about expanding the opportunities for high-schoolers to study design and develop their creative talents.

Monday, July 12, 2010


Please join Gallery Loupe at the opening of Ten Artists - Ten Objects - 2010 on Saturday July 24th from 5 to 7 PM.

Kate Bauman, Barnacle No.1 (ring)

A shuttle bus will be traveling from Midtown Manhattan to Gallery Loupe at 4 PM, returning to the city at 7 PM. If you are interested in riding along, please contact Sarah at

Ten-ten-two-thousand-ten is an exhibition that examines the creative process of ten individuals. Each contributor has created ten pieces in a body of work.

The idea for this exhibition developed out of a project often assigned at SUNY New Paltz where the objective is for students to have a limited amount of time to create a concise, abridged body of work. The project becomes an exercise in stream of consciousness thinking, decision-making, material exploration and consideration, sketching and model-making. The results are raw but thoughtful. By implementing limited parameters, the work reflects a fresh approach to a familiar medium.

Ten-ten-two-thousand-ten brings together ten graduates from The State University of New York - New Paltz to examine their own making styles. The collection of participants represents the spectrum of working styles- from object makers to installation artists to jewelers. Each of these makers has continued their practice in object or jewelry making, and this exhibit gives them an opportunity to take a step back from their regular practice to participate in a process oriented, idea generating exercise.

The 10 artists.
Kate Bauman - Nikky Bergman - Erin Daily - Maureen Duffy - Colleen Heineman
Jamie Sachs - Jessica Stephens - Kristi Sword - Melissa Tolar - Brian Weissman

Exhibition Organizer - Sarah Abramson

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

I wish I could take this class

There are still openings left in Natalya Pinchuk and Dana Sperry's Penland class this summer! I would LOVE to take it. I took an enameling workshop with Natalya in Russia. It was a blast! Some of the best memories ever!

Their Class is session 6 ( August 15th - August 27th)


Aren’t you curious about what stands behind snap judgments of beautiful and ugly? All of us at some point uttered: that is so ugly! Let’s face it, aesthetic judgments are not only biologically determined but are tied to social values, whims and fashions. In this class, students are invited to examine motivations behind their and others’ aesthetic preferences. Stepping out of our comfort zone and expanding our aesthetic choices is empowering, especially when we wish to transmit and deliver messages through the jewelry we make.

What affiliations and restrictions have you put upon yourself in your current aesthetic preferences? What happens when you look for answers in a seemingly wrong place? Can you learn from objects that you find ugly and empower your making through this knowledge? How can you harness the power of the ugly and co-opt its logic for your own jewelry?

Instruction will focus on idea generation, discussions, exercises and making of prototypes. Students who sign up for this class may be contacted during summer with a request to do a bit of brainstorming before arriving. Basic metalworking skills and approaches to working with alternative materials will be covered. Some metals experience is recommended, but the class is open to students of all levels.

Natalya: exhibitions: Galerie Rob Koudijs, Netherlands, SOFA Chicago and New York with Charon Kransen Arts, Jewelers’ Werk Gallery (DC)
Dana: assistant professor at Youngstown State University; exhibitions: Bridge Art Fair New York and Miami Beach, Gardenfresh Gallery (IL), Les Salaisons, France, Electronic Language International Festival, Brazil

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Objeti is a Cleveland based furniture design and manufacturing company, focusing on creating beautiful, honest, functional objects that are environmentally conscious.

Objeti was founded in 2009 by Joseph Ribic (Designer) in collaboration with brother John Jr. (Production Manager) and father John Sr. (Production Engineer) The partnership brings a combination of talent and experience that enables Objeti to produce precision crafted, modern, functional furniture.

The name Objeti is a Slovenian word meaning embrace. We demonstrate the importance of this idea though our objects by inviting the user to explore and discover.

Monday, July 5, 2010

The Attenborough Design Group

The Attenborough Design Group is a fictional organisation, created by James Chambers and Tom Judd. It investigates the use of animal behaviours to defend emerging technologies. These products include the Gesundheit Radio, which sneezes periodically to expel potentially damaging dust, Floppy Legs, a portable floppy disk drive which stands up if it detects liquid nearby, and the AntiTouch Lamp, which sways away from you if you get too close to its sensitive halogen bulb.

Friday, July 2, 2010

So I bought this plexi sheet bender.....and some plexi. I thought that maybe I could do some experiments making backdrops for my office to take quick shots of my work. So far so good.

white plexi backdrop

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white plexi backdrop