Holiday Makers Workshop

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These days, seamless slabs of glass and metal are hot holiday gifts, but unique and hand-hewn objects are making a serious comeback. The makers who exhibit artworks and jewelry at form & concept are living proof of this phenomenon, and they’ll gather this holiday season to celebrate the traditional tools and techniques that bolster their contemporary creativity. The public is invited to sip cider, munch on gingerbread cookies and engage with form & concept artists at the Holiday Makers Workshop on Saturday, December 2 from 12-3 pm. form & concept will offer a special 10% holiday discount during the event. Holiday Makers Workshop also features the debut of the first-ever form & concept annual, a free publication that includes a first look at the gallery’s 2018 schedule, artist profiles and more. Participating artists include Robert Ebendorf, Aleta Braun, Rand Marco, Brian Fleetwood, Bunny Tobias, Leah Siegel, Debra Baxter and Matthew Mullins. The public is encouraged to come support local artists at this dynamic and colorful event.

12:00-1:30 pm: Bunny Tobias, Rand Marco, Brian Fleetwood, Matthew Mullins

1:30-3:00 pm: Robert Ebendorf, Aleta Braun, Leah Siegel, Debra Baxter

Robert Ebendorf

Robert Ebendorf was born in 1938 in Topeka, KS. He received his BFA in 1960 and his MFA in 1962, both from the University of Kansas, Lawrence. Following graduation, he received a Fulbright Fellowship to study at the State School of Applied Arts and Crafts in Norway. He has taught at the University of Georgia (1967- 71) and State University of New York at New Paltz (1971-88). Ebendorf received the Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant in 1966/67. In 1995, he was awarded the American Craft Council Fellowship for his achievement in craft and commitment to the craft movement. He is a co-founder and past president of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG).

Ebendorf’s conceptual approach to jewelry questions the nature of adornment itself and explores alternative materials and ideas about the preciousness of jewelry. The creativity of his jewelry lies not only in the intellectual repositioning of familiar objects, but more in the physical transformations of materials that astonish the viewer. It is exactly this sense of astonishment that gives his pieces their value. The profound incongruity between what his pieces are made from, and what they become in his hands, engages the imagination.

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Aleta Braun

Aleta Braun is a mixed media artist whose work is based in drawing, painting and collage, often focused on the sustained use of sketchbooks and journals. Her work explores the ostensibly simple language of geometric shapes and elemental forms – circles, dots, lines – as well as the layering of colour transparencies and delicate textures.

Rand Marco

Rand Marco is a third generation metal craftsman who has carried on his family tradition of innovation in metal. Function meets elegance with his bold designs and brilliant use of color.    Rand combines artistic integrity with contemporary form enhancing grand and modest architectural spaces. Made in his Santa Fe studio: – each piece is handcrafted and signed by the artist. Rand visualizes a simple, geometric principle, and then transformed it into a clean, sophisticated series of work.

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Brian Fleetwood

Brian Fleetwood is a Santa Fe based jewelry artist whose work is currently addressing ideas involving the connections between knowledge and the act of making, and the ways we can use making as a way of knowing. His work explores scientific themes, especially relating to biology and ecology, systems, and taxonomy. His contemporary jewelry designs reflect the diversity of forms found in nature and invite us to adorn ourselves with its beauty. Brian holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is currently teaching at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

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Bunny Tobias

Bunny Tobias was born in Brooklyn, New York and is a graduate of the New York School of Visual Arts. While developing her career as a multi-media artist, she lived in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and in San Francisco until moving to Santa Fe, NM, in 1972. Along with her husband, artist, Charles Greeley, she made her studio outside of Santa Fe on their mountain property in the Glorieta Pass. For the past forty years Bunny Tobias has continued to create cutting edge ceramic art, paintings, mixed-media collages and to design and fabricate jewelry using the same eclectic imagery. Recent work includes sculpture using recycled material and hand fabricated bronze jewelry.
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Leah Siegel

SHADOWLANDS DESIGN, created by artist/photographer Leah Siegel and based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, makes striking wearable art and functional items. Timeless, ageless and size-less, SHADOWLANDS DESIGN’s art-to-wear and home décor are fashion as well as lifestyle accessories for everyone in all seasons. You can immediately alter the ordinary, transform a mood, change an outfit or a room, make a powerful statement with drama and flair or a subtle one with restraint and elegance. You can buy them for yourself and easily give them as gifts to friends, colleagues and relatives – to men and women alike. SHADOWLANDS DESIGN’s creations are always collectible.

SHADOWLANDS DESIGN grew out of Leah’s desire to expand her portfolio so that more people might enjoy her artwork. Inspired by her investigations in digital technology and her explorations in the remote badlands of the American Southwest, Leah imagined the abstract irregular patterns in her contemporary digital work as interesting textile art. She experimented with altering some of her images and digitally printed them on silk.The fabric results were extraordinary, and SHADOWLANDS DESIGN was born!

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Debra Baxter

Debra Baxter is a sculptor and jewelry designer who combines carved alabaster with crystals, minerals, metals, and found objects. She received her MFA in Sculpture from Bard College in 2008 and her BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1996. She also studied at Academia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy. Baxter’s work is rooted craft, honoring the materials that express her ideas. Of form & concept, Debra says “with the marriage of craft, design & fine art, it makes alot of sense to show there.” Her contemporary jewelry designs are all about the minerals and crystals, showcasing their raw beauty.

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Matthew Mullins

The interconnection of human consciousness and the natural world is what inspires the work of Santa Fe artist Matthew Mullins. Mullins’ watercolor and acrylic ink paintings merge human made patterns derived from social constructs with the visual perception of nature, creating a harmonious relationship that the artist feels is often lost in today’s culture.  “Humans are part of the natural world,” says Mullins. “But we often become so focused on our individuality that we lose track of that connection. My work is about reintegrating with nature and finding unity in that relationship.” Mullins has been working consistently as a serious artist for 15 years. Originally from the Bay Area of California, he received his MFA from University of California Berkeley. Here, he began his career with his Artifacts & Archives paintings, a series of photo-realistic watercolors that replicate the archival environments and materials he had access to during his graduate studies. Having always been drawn to pattern play as an experimental process that allowed for more risk and ambiguity, Mullins eventually transitioned from his comfortable illustrative style to the excitement of abstraction. This shift coincided with his move to New Mexico in 2011, where the high desert and nearby mountains continue to inspire him. His work now consists of paintings, works on paper and collage, with an encompassing theme of our innate connection to and harmony within the forces of nature.

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Art Network: Brian Fleetwood & Tania Larsson

Over the first 16 months of form & concept, we’ve discovered that a gallery’s network grows like tree roots. Word passes from one artist, journalist, collector or curator to the next, forming a big, beautiful tangle that miraculously connects back to us. When it comes to picking new artwork for our exhibitions and the form & concept shop, we’ll tap our network of artists and trace the roots of their influences in search of something that speaks to us.

Case in point: Santa Fe artist Brian Fleetwood, who has exhibited his wearable sculptures in the shop since we opened, introduced us to Tania Larsson. He was one of Larsson’s professors at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and though their work is markedly different, they share a proclivity for nature-inspired materials and forms that clearly links them. Scroll down to see artwork and read bios from Fleetwood and Larson.

Tania Larsson

Tania Larsson is of Gwich’in and Swedish descent and she was born and raised in France. At the age of fifteen, she moved to Canada with her family with the goal of reconnecting to her culture and her land. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus in digital arts and jewelry at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Tania is a founding member of Dene Nahjo, a non-profit organization that focuses on cultural revitalization projects. She constantly seeks out opportunities to learn traditional practices such as tanning hides on the land, making tools and sewing. To create her intricate jewelry works, she combines her traditional skills and contemporary arts education.

Tania Larsson Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Tania Larsson, Muskox Shield Ring, diamond, 22k gold, sterling silver, muskox horn, $975.
Tania Larsson Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Tania Larsson, Muskox Necklace, muskox horn, vintage Venetian glass beads, sterling silver, $185
Tania Larsson Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Tania Larsson, Dentalium & Coral Earrings, dentalium shell, sterling silver, 18k gold, .04 ct (TDW) diamonds, $90.

Brian Fleetwood

Brian Fleetwood is a Santa Fe-based jewelry artist whose work is addresses the connections between knowledge and the act of making, and the ways we can use making as a way of knowing. His work explores scientific themes, especially relating to biology and ecology, systems, and taxonomy. Brian holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is currently teaching at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Brian Fleetwood Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Brian Fleetwood, Spore Brooch, muslin, rubber, copper, steel, $140.
Brian Fleetwood Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Form and Concept
Brian Fleetwood, Single Branch Silk Earrings, silk, sterling silver, $80.
Brian Fleetwood Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Brian Fleetwood, 3D Printed Flower Pin, 3D printed plastic, sterling silver, $260.

Preview: Stefani Courtois & In Process

Stefani Courtois

Santa Fe artist and jeweler Stefani Courtois always had a sketchbook nearby. Inspired by her own imagination and the New Mexico landscape, she incessantly sketched images that would make their way into her powerful artworks. Courtois passed away in April 2017, and left behind a diverse body of work—including jewelry, paintings, drawings and prints—that will appear in a special exhibition at form & concept. Stefani Courtois: A Retrospective opens on Friday, July 28 from 5-7 pm and runs through August 11, 2017.

“Anytime Stefani was out in nature, she was usually by herself,” recalls Abe Marin, the artist’s life partner. “She was influenced by visual stimulus like landscapes and different plants or flowers, and later by birds and their wings.” Though Courtois explored a wide range of mediums and materials, she invariably returned to visions of nature imbued with a powerful feminine energy. The Santa Fe artist’s jewelry designs have appeared in the form & concept shop since the gallery opened in May 2016. Stefani Courtois: A Retrospective will link her wearable art to other bodies of work that she produced throughout her lifetime.

Courtois grew up in Northern California, and always had a strong creative drive. She maintained collections of small, beautiful objects and always took art classes at school. This passion carried into her adult life. “Stefani was almost always enrolled in an art or jewelry class at the community college,” says Marin. Early in her artistic career, Courtois made a series of papier-mâché masks while visiting the Greek island of Cypress. “She had a show, which was a great success,” Marin recalls.

After exploring many different artistic techniques and mediums, Courtois leapt headfirst into jewelry design as a primary pursuit in 2006. For a number of years, she maintained a small workshop in a former nun’s convent that had been converted into artist studios. The space housed a formidable library of her sketchbooks. “She’d see things and then sketch them, and from there the idea was conceptualized,” says Marin. “She had dozens of sketchbooks with tons of ideas inside of them.”

Stefani Courtois: A Retrospective will reveal the many different ways Courtois brought her ideas into reality. The exhibition will feature a number of paintings, drawings and prints, along with a display of jewelry designs by Courtois. “Stefani could catch a glimpse of a bird in flight, and distill its graceful motion into wearable artworks made from precious metals and gemstones,” says Clara Holiday, Sales Director at form & concept. “This special exhibition is a celebration of an artist who inspired so many.” Make sure to RSVP on Facebook for the opening reception of this tribute to Stefani Courtois.

In Process

In the form & concept shop, paintings appear beside jewelry designs and sculptures mingle with hand-painted ceramics. The space, which adjoins form & concept’s ground-floor exhibition rooms, is a powerful expression of the gallery’s mission: to blur the lines between art, craft, and design.

This Saturday, July 29 from 1-3 pm, form & concept teams up with local jewelers to celebrate jewelry design as its own exquisite art form. For the second manifestation of the IN PROCESS: Jewelry Artist Demonstration, Bunny Tobias, Brian Fleetwood and Leah Siegel will demonstrate their process. Make sure to RSVP on Facebook for this event. It’s an open house event, so feel free to stop by at any point in the afternoon. Light refreshments will be provided.

In Process: New Treasures

Victor Atyas and Brian Fleetwood- Jewelry Design- Form and Concept Gallery
Victor Atyas holds a wearable work of art by Brian Fleetwood.
Both designers spoke at form & concept for our In Process event on May 6.

Our recent event for the form & concept shop, In Process: Artist Jewelry Talks, made for an inspiring Saturday earlier this month. The six participating jewelers set up tiny versions of their studios in the gallery’s atrium, and took turns discussing their design methods with visitors. It was a delight to see the artists interact with each other and the audience, asking questions and trading ideas.

Each designer also came bearing new treasures for the form & concept shop. Look below for photos and quotes from the In Process talks, and fresh designs by each of the artists. Make sure to mark your calendar for the next In Process event on Saturday, July 29. We’ll announce more details on the event shortly.

DEBRA BAXTER

Debra Baxter- Jewelry Artist Talk- Santa Fe New Mexico

“I’ve realized how powerful objects are on the body—and not just for decoration. There’s a whole history of objects on the body being imbued with power, like talismans and amulets. I became obsessed with rocks and minerals, so I was trying to figure out how to wear them in the most simple, elegant way.”

Debra Baxter Jewelry- Form and Concept- Santa Fe New Mexico
Debra Baxter, Labradorite in Bronze Necklace, $445.

BUNNY TOBIAS

Bunny Tobias- Jewelry Artist Talk- Santa Fe New Mexico

“I make bronze jewelry using bronze metal clay, which was originally invented by Mitsubishi in Japan. They suspend tiny particles of the metal in an organic binder, and it feels like clay. I am originally a clay artist, so it was very easy for me to get into working with bronze metal clay. After you’ve made the form, it’s fired in a digital kiln and the binder burns out. The metal particles blend together to form a solid mass. What comes out is pure, solid bronze.”

Bunny Tobias Jewelry- Form and Concept- Santa Fe New Mexico
Bunny Tobias, Bronze Swarovski Crystal Klimt Triangle Pendant Necklace, $765.

BRIAN FLEETWOOD

Brian Fleetwood- Jewelry Artist Talks- Santa Fe New Mexico

“I have a background in biology, so I think about my work as behaving like a living thing. I think of the materials that I make the work out of as a resource for the work to exploit. I’m always trying to find new materials to make work out of.”

Brian Fleetwood Jewelry- Form and Concept- Santa Fe New Mexico
Brian Fleetwood, Rubber Anemone Brooch (Red), $180.

CHARLES GREELEY

Charles Greeley- Jewelry Artist Talks- Santa Fe New Mexico

“I met a woman who had a Japanese paper company in Albuquerque. She offered me a show, if I would make my collages with her paper. Ever since then, I’ve concentrated on using Japanese paper. At some point my stack of scrap papers was so thick, that I decided to find a way to use the scraps. That’s how I came up with the earrings.”

Charles Greeley Jewelry- Form and Concept- Santa Fe New Mexico
Charles Greeley, Japanese Paper & Balsa Wood Earrings, $40.

VICTOR ATYAS

Victor Atyas- Jewelry Artist Talks- Santa Fe New Mexico

“I make three-dimensional constructed gold and silver pieces, which can be worn or framed and hung on a wall. I immigrated to the United States when I was 20, and got my doctorate in psychology at the University of Rhode Island. That’s when I started taking night courses at RISD, for jewelry design. That was the beginning.”

Victor Atyas Jewelry- Form and Concept- Santa Fe New Mexico
Victor Atyas, Sterling Silver Cuff with Bridge, $950.

DANNY HART

Danny Hart- Jewelry Artist Talks- Santa Fe New Mexico

“In terms of inspiration and process, wood has been my medium from day one. With so much of what I make, I go through four, five, six, seven iterations before I come to a design that I can start repeating and subtly changing. So much of my work comes about by necessity, and by solving a problem that’s presented to me. I learned that from my days in the School of Architecture at University of New Mexico. Here’s the brief, how are you going to solve it?”

Danny Hart Jewelry- Form and Concept-Santa Fe New Mexico
Danny Hart, Redwood Black Acrylic Bird Head Pendant, $85.

Upcoming Event: Jewelry Artist Talks

In Process Jewelry Artist Talk- Form and Concept- Santa Fe New Mexico

In the form & concept shop, paintings appear beside jewelry designs and sculptures mingle with hand-painted ceramics. The space, which adjoins form & concept’s ground-floor exhibition rooms, is a powerful expression of the gallery’s mission: to blur the lines between art, craft, and design. This weekend, form & concept teams up with local jewelers to celebrate jewelry design as its own exquisite art form. IN PROCESS: Jewelry Artist Talks will feature special demonstrations from a number of jewelry artists represented by the form & concept shop. Participating jewelers include Bunny Tobias, Charles Greeley, Brian Fleetwood, Debra Baxter, Danny Hart and Victor Atyas.

Debra Baxter Fine Jewelry- Form and Concept- Santa Fe New Mexico
DB/CB by Debra Baxter, Crystal Quartz in Bronze Necklace, 2″ x 3 ¼” x 1 ¼”, $245

Debra Baxter is a sculptor and jewelry designer who combines hand formed bronze with crystals & minerals. Baxter’s work is rooted in craft, honoring the materials that express her ideas. Her wearable sculpture piece Devil Horns Crystal Brass Knuckles (Lefty) is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian.

Bunny Tobias Fine Jewelry- Form and Concept- Santa Fe New Mexico
Bunny Tobias, Bronze Swarovski Hinged Pendant Necklace, 3 ½” x 2 ¼” x ½”, $1125

For the past forty years, Bunny Tobias has created cutting edge ceramic art, paintings, mixed-media collages. She designs and fabricates jewelry using the same eclectic imagery. Recent work includes hand fabricated bronze jewelry set with a vast array of crystal and gems.

Brian Fleetwood Fine Jewelry- Form and Concept- Santa Fe New Mexico
Brian Fleetwood, Cloth and Rubber Spore Brooch, 2 ½” x 2 ½” x ½”, $140

Brian Fleetwood is a Santa Fe-based jewelry artist whose work addresses the connections between knowledge and the act of making, and the ways we can use making as a way of knowing. His work explores scientific themes, especially relating to biology and ecology, systems, and taxonomy.

Charles Greeley Fine Jewelry- Form and Concept- Santa Fe New Mexico
Charles Greeley, Japanese Paper & Balsa Wood Earrings, 3 ½” x 1 3/4″, $40

Charles Greeley attended the New York School of Visual Arts, and moved to San Francisco in 1967 where he is in the permanent collection at SFMOMA. He uses the spiritualization of nature, the fantastic, the dream, psychedelics, and the study of Eastern religions as themes in his collages and jewelry.

Danny Hart Fine Jewelry- Form and Concept- Santa Fe New Mexico
Danny Hart, Walnut Bluegrass Green Acrylic Sterling Silver Feather Pendant, 3 ½” x 1 1/8″, $65

Danny Hart was born and raised in New Mexico. Hart’s childhood in Santa Fe cultivated his passion for creative processes and design. In his jewelry design work, he draws inspiration from the colorful landscape of his home state, his father’s woodwork, his mother’s inherent craftiness and his background in architecture.

Victor Atyas Fine Jewelry- Form and Concept- Santa Fe New Mexico
Victor Atyas, Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet, 2 ½” x 2 ¾” x ¾”, $1050

Victor Atyas was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina, grew up in Italy, and at age 20 immigrated to the United States. Now a long-time Santa Fean, Atyas is well-known for his signature three-dimensional constructed gold and silver pieces, suited to be worn or framed and hung on a wall. His metalsmithing ability is reflected in the fine craftsmanship of the refined and elegant jewelry designs.

Click here to learn more about IN PROCESS: Jewelry Artist Talks, and make sure to RSVP on Facebook. If you’re coming to see a particular jeweler, here’s the speaking schedule. All of the artists will be in the gallery from 1-3 pm.

Schedule:
Bunny Tobias | 1:00 pm
Debra Baxter | 1:20 pm
Charles Greeley | 1:40 pm
Danny Hart | 2:00 pm
Brian Fleetwood | 2:20 pm
Victor Atyas | 2:40 pm