Globalization in the Craft Movement by Svenja John

Published: 04.11.2010

The Philadelphia Art Alliance (PAA) is pleased to present the second installment in our newest program stream, The Commonwealth! Continuing with PAAs new mission of the advancement and appreciation of contemporary craft and design, The Commonwealth will explore the current issues pertaining to the modern Craft movement, through panel discussions and lectures by artists, academics and curators from the notable craft specific institutions in the city and the larger Northeast Corridor. This series is the product of collaborations between PAA and nationally featured artist/educator Doug Bucci, who is serving as Program Curator. Our second speaker will be internationally renowned German jewelry artist, Svenja John. Ms. John will present a lecture entitled “The Global Craft Movement” on Thursday, November 11th at 7:00 PM.
PAA will also offer extended gallery hours for new exhibition, The Sitting Room: Four Studies, on display through January 3, 2011.

Time: Thursday, November 11 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: The Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 South Eighteenth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Admission $5
PAA Members FREE
Students FREE w/ID

About Svenja John:

Svenja John is a German jewelry currently serving as a visiting artist and instructor in the University of the Arts Metals/Jewelry department. Born in Duisburg, West Germany in 1963, she studied archaeology at the Rurh University from 1983-85 before leaving to study goldsmithing at the prestigious Hanau Academy for gold and silver metalwork from 1985-89. After a short engagement with the Möller Company in the early 90’s, Ms. John returned to Hanau to pursue her Masters Diploma, graduating in 1993 as a state-certified designer. Since 1994, she has lived and worked in Berlin as proprietor of an independent Atelier, or jewelry shop. She describes the goal of her work as “to transform synthetics into a seemingly fragile, delicate material; and to hold the result as a colourful, light, but remarkably stable filigree in my hands”.

PAA announces this new series with great excitement, as we embark on the next chapter of our distinguished history. Having successfully navigated through our transition from a multi-disciplinary art center to one focused on contemporary craft and design, PAA is poised to embrace our new mission, and position our institution as a pre-eminent presenter of thought provoking craft and design exhibitions and programs in the Philadelphia region and beyond. The Commonwealth will solidify this commitment and usher in a new era for PAA and our constituents.

For more information about this series or PAA, please visit our website at
or call 215-545-4302.

Information submitted by Doug Bucci.