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Brooke Marks-Swanson

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Published: 08.09.2016
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Brooke Marks-Swanson. Neckpiece: Basket #11, 2016. Leather, silver. Brooke Marks-Swanson
Neckpiece: Basket #11, 2016
Leather, silver
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Brooke Marks-Swanson. Necklace: Basket #12, 2016. Leather, horn, copper. Brooke Marks-Swanson
Necklace: Basket #12, 2016
Leather, horn, copper
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Brooke Marks-Swanson. Neckpiece: Basket #14, 2016. Leather, silver, 22k gold leaf. Brooke Marks-Swanson
Neckpiece: Basket #14, 2016
Leather, silver, 22k gold leaf
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Brooke Marks-Swanson. Neckpiece: Basket #5, 2016. Leather, silver. Brooke Marks-Swanson
Neckpiece: Basket #5, 2016
Leather, silver
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​​Brooke Marks-Swanson. Brooch: Basket #18, 2016. ​​Sterling silver. ​​Brooke Marks-Swanson
Brooch: Basket #18, 2016
​​Sterling silver
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Brooke Marks-Swanson. Necklace: Basket #6, 2016. Leather, silver, 22k gold leaf, rare earth magnet. Brooke Marks-Swanson
Necklace: Basket #6, 2016
Leather, silver, 22k gold leaf, rare earth magnet
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Brooke Marks-Swanson. Necklace: Basket #8, 2016. Leather, silver, 22k gold. Brooke Marks-Swanson
Necklace: Basket #8, 2016
Leather, silver, 22k gold
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Brooke Marks-Swanson. Necklace: Basket #9, 2016. Leather, silver. Brooke Marks-Swanson
Necklace: Basket #9, 2016
Leather, silver
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Brooke Marks-Swanson. Necklace: Basket #10, 2016. Leather, silver, 18k gold, 22k gold leaf. Brooke Marks-Swanson
Necklace: Basket #10, 2016
Leather, silver, 18k gold, 22k gold leaf
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Brooke Marks-Swanson. Necklace: Basket #4, 2016. Leather, silver, rare earth magnet. Brooke Marks-Swanson
Necklace: Basket #4, 2016
Leather, silver, rare earth magnet
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Intro
Brooke Marks-Swanson received her MFA in Metals from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL. and a BFA in jewelry and metals from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally in over 100 juried and invitational exhibitions and in 16 publications. She was the recipient of the Indiana Arts Commission, Individual Artist Program Grant and was a participant in the XXX International Ceramics Symposium, “Porcelain Another Way”, Walbrzych, Poland, 2006. She is a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths.

Statement

Born from the human need to protect ourselves from the elements, knitting quickly became a common thread throughout Europe and the Middle East early in the common era. To me, it represents the human need, artistry in its variations, and a universal language.
 
I discovered knitting looking for a personal connection, which quickly led to an obsession with the discovery of variation in a simple stitch. Through knitting fine leather, I have discovered a familiar vocabulary of the rigid construction common in metal fabrication. Sensitivity and quietness stems from purposeful parameters.
I draw inspiration from antiquing, which provides a visual reservoir of objects loaded with content and hints of remembrance. I was attracted to a massive strand of colorful, miniature, woven grass baskets that evoked a distant memory of traveling to Mexico as a child.
Baskets are powerful objects. They have existed since the beginning of man and throughout history - and still today in many cultures - are essential for transporting and storing the necessities of life. Like us, baskets contain memories, secrets, and human experience.
Through the purposeful combination of knit leather and basket form, I have found meaningful connections sustaining my need to challenge and respond.

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2016:
Award  29 Sep 2016 - 01 Oct 2016  The Legacy Award 2016.
Exhibition  08 Sep 2016 - 16 Oct 2016  Shadow Themes: Finding the Present in the Past.
Exhibition  04 Aug 2016 - 31 Aug 2016  Baskets. Increase & Decrease by Brooke Marks-Swanson.
Exhibition  06 Feb 2016 - 31 Dec 2016  Impressions 2016. The Permanent.
2013:
Exhibition  07 Dec 2013 - 31 Jan 2014  Objects of Status, Power & Adornment Part II.
2011:
Exhibition  13 Sep 2011 - 12 Nov 2011  Objects of Status, Power and Adornment.
2010:
Exhibition  07 Oct 2010 - 27 Oct 2010  The Teapot Redefined: A Group Invitational.

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Magazine:  Metalsmith Magazine, Exhibition in Print, “Shifting Sites”. 2016
Magazine:  Metalsmith Magazine, Exhibition in Print, “Animal Instincts”. 2014
Magazine:  Edible Michiana, Issue 10, “the last bite”. 2013
Magazine:  Art Jewelry Magazine, Interview Artist Profile, September Issue. 2010
Magazine:  Metalsmith Magazine, Exhibition in Print, “Saturated: Color and Metal”. 2009
Book:  500 Plates and Chargers. Lark Books:  2008
Magazine:  News and Views, American Craft Council, Volume 1. 2007
Issue 3, Exhibitor Profile
Magazine:  American Craft Magazine, “Portfolio”. 2006
June/July
Book:  Making Metal Beads.. Paul Warg.  Lark Books:  2006
Book:  The Craft of Silversmithing: Techniques, Projects, Inspiration.. Alexandra P. Austin.  Lark Books:  2004
Book:  The Art of Enameling: Techniques, Projects, Inspiration.. Linda Darty.  Lark Books:  2004
Magazine:  Lapidary Journal Magazine: Color on Metal. 2004
Magazine:  CRART Magazine. 2003
Seoul, Korea Spring 2003
Magazine:  Metalsmith Magazine. 2002
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