Leslie Noell is an artist, designer, and educator who currently works at Penland School of Crafts as director of programs. She earned a degree in graphic design from NC State University College of Design and an MFA in artisanry from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Leslie studied at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design … Continue reading 2017 Collective Voices – Introducing: Leslie Noell
Melanie Bilenker is an American artist based in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania, who translates the historic art of Victorian hairwork into pieces that reflect upon the contemporary era, depicting ordinary moments of everyday life through self portrait photographs “drawn” in the artist’s own hair and set in gold or wood. She received a BFA from The University … Continue reading 2017 Collective Voices – Introducing: Melanie Bilenker
Dustin Farnsworth has gained national recognition for his intricate sculptures, captivating audiences through a mastery of craft, material, and storytelling. His work engages the viewer in an inner dialogue on the drama of life and death, suffering and redemption. Since completion of an undergraduate degree from Kendall College of Art and Design in 2010, his … Continue reading 2017 Collective Voices – Introducing: Dustin Farnsworth
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Jessica Calderwood’s enamel work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally in curated and juried exhibitions. She has participated in artist residencies with the John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry Program and the Mesa Arts Center. Her work has also been published in Metalsmith Magazine, American Craft, NICHE, Ornament, the Lark 500 series, and the Art … Continue reading 2017 Collective Voices – Introducing: Jessica Calderwood
Gabriel Craig is a metalsmith, writer and craft activist living and working in Detroit, Michigan. Craig’s interdisciplinary practice seeks to identify the cultural potential of craft by engaging diverse audiences in explorations of self-sufficiency, labor, consumption and tradition through performance, social practice projects, video, text, and craft-based media. His work has been exhibited nationally and … Continue reading 2107 Collective Voices – Introducing: Gabriel Craig of Smith Shop