In August 2017 I spent two and a half weeks in Australia accompanying my jewelry at a few contemporary jewelry exhibitions and sight seeing.
Through a chain of mutual friends, I made the acquaintance of Emma Field, an emerging contemporary jeweler in Adelaide. She had a solo show at Studio20/17 Project Space and we decided to collaborate on a few pieces to be on display during her show since I would be visiting during her show dates. Emma micro-welds geometric crystalline forms using an instinctive and spontaneous practice, completely different from my own way of working. We each put together a box of unfinished works and sent them over the ocean for the other one to finish. I don't have professional images yet, but one day! These pieces are still in the Southern Hemisphere but I think we need to find an American Venue soon.
Emma and I met each other for the first time and gave a little talk about our process in the gallery. I was still so jet lagged! Thanks to Emma's sister for this picture!
Later in the trip I made my way to Melbourne for Radiant Pavilion, a two-week-long contemporary jewelry festival taking over galleries, museums, coffee shops, and even guerilla-style public performances, all relating to jewelry and adornment. I have had the huge honor of having my work in a traveling group show called "Shared Concerns" with Melissa Cameron, Aran Galligan, Jill Hermans, Dan DiCaprio, Vincent Pontillo-Verrastro, Lynn Batchelder, and Kaori Juzu. Back in January 2016 the eight of us participated in a group residency at the Penland School of Crafts where we started the work together that would travel in this exhibition. Each of us was asked to distill our practice down to one word, which was put in a hat and distributed to another participant to inform the work that they would make for the show. I contributed "sprawl" and received "time," which I interpreted as growth and decay in reference to urban environments. You can see this work in my portfolio here. We have shown in North Carolina and California in the States, and Canberra and here at Bini Gallery in Melbourne.
Attending the opening during Radiant Pavilion was the initial reason for the Australia visit, and I was so pleased to be able to spend quality time with my friends Melissa and Jill. They even took me to see wombats and eat meat pies! See more images from my trip on instagram.
TRIBUTARIES: CAITIE SELLERS
JAN. 29 - APR. 16, 2017
"Caitie Sellers has spent nearly a decade documenting through sketches her experiences living in different countries, states and cities. Having always felt like a foreigner while residing briefly in each new location, Sellers seeks to find the familiar among common themes and ubiquitous materials such as brick, wire and asphalt. She transforms imagery of architecture and urban infrastructure into jewelry with her fine mastery of such metals as copper and silver."
See more images HERE
February 24-26th: American Craft Council Show; Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD
April 20-23: CraftBoston Spring; the Cyclorama, Boston, MA.
May 12-14: Artisphere; Greenville, SC.
August 4-6: American Craft Council Show; Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA.
December 15-17: Craft Boston Holiday; Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA.
Mora's Jeweler Spotlight Series Features Caitie Sellers
Meet the jeweler and enjoy an expanded collection for a limited time.
Asheville, NC - August 22, 2016 - Mora is pleased to announce Caitie Sellers as the featured artist in its Jeweler Spotlight Series for the month of September. Sellers expertly sculpts silver and copper mesh into architectural forms to create distinctive, one-of-a-kind jewelry. Mora is hosting a reception to meet the artist on Friday, September 2, 2016 from 5:00-8:00pm. This free event is part of the Downtown Asheville Arts District "First Friday" gallery walk, and all are invited to attend.
Caitie Sellers is a contemporary American sculptor working in an intimate, wearable scale. Her distinctive practice of juxtaposing oxidized copper mesh with fabricated sterling silver creates a striking visual contrast and a seductive signature style.
Sellers's iconic jewelry begins with sketches of the modern landscape. Details of its buildings, roadways, and bridges are distilled to their essence and expertly rendered with uncommon refinement and grace.
Caitie Sellers is a jewelry artist and sculptor based in Richmond, Virginia. She is co-founder and works out of The Elevator Collective, a multi-discipline craft studio based in a former elevator components factory.
Sellers was an Artist-in-Residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in 2014 and a co-director/resident artist at Clamp Light Artist Studios and Gallery in San Antonio, Texas. She was chosen to speak at the 2012 Society of North American Goldsmiths' conference as a Spotlight Emerging Artist and was a finalist for the Society for Contemporary Craft's LEAP Award. Caitie Sellers earned a BFA in craft/material studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
"Caitie Sellers makes complex and highly detailed jewelry pieces inspired by the architecture that surrounds her."
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
"In a turn of metal, Caitie Sellers inspires awe. Her architectural fragments have an efficient and expressive narrative that looks effortless. Her technical innovation, visual originality, and compelling compositions signify a powerfully creative jeweler in her prime."
Marthe Le Van, Mora
Exhibit: Jeweler Spotlight Series: Caitie Sellers
Exhibition Dates: September 1-30, 2016
Special Event: Meet the Jeweler, Artist Reception
Special Event Date: Friday, September 2, 2016, 5:00-8:00pm
Mora offers a carefully curated collection of modern jewelry made by artists. More than 30 distinguished designers are represented in a vibrant boutique that celebrates Asheville's independent spirit.
Since opening in 2012, Mora has garnered a loyal following and national media attention. InStore magazine named Mora one of the top five "Coolest Small Jewelry Stores in America." Niche magazine prominently featured Mora in "Marks of Distinction," an essay on how "savvy retailers are capitalizing on art jewelry to meet customer demands for something different."
Marthe Le Van
I'll be selling my wares at these shows this year. Come wander through and touch things!
February 18-21: American Craft Council Show in Baltimore, MD. Baltimore Convention Center.
April 28-30: CraftBoston Spring. The Cyclorama, Boston, MA.
August 4-6: American Craft Council Show in San Francisco, CA. Fort Mason Center.
September 23-25: Plaza Art Fair. Kansas City, MO.
November 18-20: Craft + Design Show. Richmond, VA.
December 1-3: CraftBoston Holiday. Boston, MA.