Velvet da Vinci San Francisco exhibition
March 1 - April 14, 2013
Artists' reception Friday, March 1, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m.
crafthaus online exhibition
March 1 - March 31, 2013
catalog is available with essay by Jillian Moore
Velvet da Vinci and online design blog crafthaus are proud to present FERROUS, an exhibition of jewelry using iron, steel, and steel alloys. Although the use of iron dates back more than two thousand years, this humble material is more commonly used for agriculture and industrial purposes than adornment. A significant exception is the Berlin Iron Jewelry of the early 19th century. The Prussian Royal family funded the uprising against Napoleon by encouraging wealthy citizens to exchange their precious gold and silver for intricately fabricated iron jewelry.
Intricacy is just one aspect the 60 artists of FERROUS explore with this versatile material. Known for its strength and lightness, the steel and iron jewelry of FERROUS is both rusty and shiny, sheet and wire, bejeweled and modest. The exhibition will take place simultaneously at Velvet da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco and as a virtual exhibition at crafthaus online. In May FERROUS will travel to 18Karat Gallery in Toronto, Canada as part of The Society of North American Goldsmith's annual conference.
Featuring artists from the USA, Germany, Scotland, Sweden, UK, Australia, the Netherlands, Wales, Israel, Mexico, Spain, Canada, and Brazil.