“It started with a community of makers who wanted to create in a radical new way,” says Marissa Saneholtz, one of the co-founders of the Smitten Forum. Every year since 2014, Marissa Saneholtz and Sara Brown have invited a new group of jewelers and metalsmiths to work side-by-side in a communal studio for a week.
Call it a mobile artist colony, a colorful social experiment, or a crafty piece of performance art. Invitees to the residency have ranged from emerging to well-established jewelers who employ a stunning array of mediums and techniques. Six Years Smitten brings this dynamic array of artists back together, with over 70 artists participating in a cumulative exhibition of wearable artworks. This will be the first long-term exhibition of Smitten participants, and will also reunite members of this remarkable community.