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Convergence III

Convergence III: Inspirations and Interpretations - Art Glass Bead Jewelry Inspired by Other Works of Art

ISGB Members, either as a solo artist or with partner(s) of their choice were invited to participate in this exhibition. They were asked: What piece of art moves you? What painting leaves you breathless with its sheer beauty? What song touches your soul? Is there a photograph that hits you with overwhelming emotion? Maybe it’s an art installation or sculpture that takes you away to another reality, perhaps it’s a work of cinema.
 
The work of art chosen by the glass bead artist was their inspiration in creating a piece that reflects what it means to be alive. Favorite pieces of art served as inspiration to interpret the colors, shapes, notes, rhythms, and words transformed into a piece of finished jewelry. Members were encouraged to use multiple mediums for their work such as seed beads, fine metal, PMC, fibers, etc. The focus of the challenge was to showcase how handmade glass beads are incorporated into exhibition-quality jewelry.
 
A catalog documenting this incredible exhibit is available as a print-on-demand book. For more information, please visit our Publication page.
 
Convergence III Exhibition Venues and Dates
 
July 15 – August 8, 2011
Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft
Louisville, Kentucky

June – 10, 2012
Bead&Button Show
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

September 1 – October 22, 2012
Kobe Lampwork Glass Museum
Kobe, Japan

November 2 – 4, 2012
Yokohama Bead Art Show
Yokohama, Japan

November 9 – 11, 2012
Kobe Bead Art Show
Kobe, Japan

 

 

Convergence II Exhibition Flipbook

Click on the book cover below for a slideshow of the beautiful work in the Convergence II Exhibition.

 

 

 

 

Convergence II


Convergence II: Adorning the Past, Present & Pretend

Did you ever wonder what type of bracelet might have been worn by the Greek goddess, Persephone of the Underworld? Or perhaps what style of necklace Sigmund Freud might design? Enjoy a copy of this catalog and discover how members of ISGB find inspiration in persons of fact and fiction in this phenomenal juried exhibition. Convergence II features 55 pieces of stunning jewelry — including necklaces, brooches and collars — all created using handmade glass beads. Each piece is inspired by a person from history, real or imagined, and designed accordingly.

A catalog documenting this amazing exhibit is available as a print-on-demand book. For more information, please visit our Publication page.
 
Convergence II Exhibition Venues and Dates
 
July 28 – August 20, 2010
Nan Miller Gallery
Rochester, New York
 
April 16 – July 14, 2011
Kobe Lampwork Glass Museum
Kobe, Japan
 
May 20 – 22, 2011
Yokohama Bead Art Show
Yokohama, Japan
 
September 25 – November 28, 2010
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Houston, Texas
 
September 2 – October 14, 2011
Ohio Glass Museum
Lancaster, Ohio

 
 

 

 

Convergence Exhibition Flipbook

Click on the book cover below for a slideshow of the beautiful work in the Convergence Exhibition.
 

If you would like a purchase a full-color catalog of the Convergence exhibition, you may do so in the ISGB Online Store.

 

 

Convergence: Contemporary Jewelry Design with Art-Glass Beads

Convergence was the International Society of Glass Beadmakers’ juried exhibition project for 2009. Inspired by the overwhelming response to our Out of the Box exhibition at the 2008 Bead&Button Show* in Milwaukee, Convergence pairs ISGB members with International jewelry designers focusing on the four elements of water, air, earth, and fire.

The mission in creating this opportunity and challenge for artists to come together in creativity and design was to showcase how handmade glass beads can be incorporated into exhibition-quality jewelry. 

We received 140 entries for this one-of-a-kind lampwork and jewelry-design exhibition. This will be an amazing collection of work. The use of glass, metals, seed beads, semi-precious, fibers, and other materials has resulted in extraordinary creativity, superior artistry, and innovative design. Hours upon hours of detailed work were dedicated to each piece. 

A beautiful catalog of the exhibition will be published in May, and you can also visit the Convergence shows at the Ohio Glass Museum in Lancaster, Ohio, May 1 to May 24, 2009; the Bead&Button Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from June 3 until June 7, 2009; and the Windisch-Hunt Fine Arts Gallery in Coconut Grove, Florida from June 20 until the ISGB Gathering closes on July 24, 2009.

A limited number of exhibition pieces will be featured in Bead&Button magazine’s special issue dedicated to Convergence designs. This publication is planned for October 2009 and will include beautiful photographs of the selected jewelry, step-by-step instructions, illustrations and how-to photos for making the pieces, and artist biographies.

The Convergence project has produced distinctive jewelry designs for the exhibition culminating in a Live Auction at our 2009 annual conference, The Gathering, to benefit ISGB educational programs and CERF, the Craft Emergency Relief Fund.

* ISGB would like to sincerely thank the SoftFlex Company for their generous support in helping to underwrite the Convergence Exhibition at the Bead&Button Show.

You can find out more about the Bead & Button show by going to http://www.beadandbuttonshow.com

 

Convergence I


Convergence
 was the International Society of Glass Beadmakers’ juried exhibition project for 2009. Inspired by the overwhelming response to our Out of the Box exhibition at the 2008 Bead&Button Show* in Milwaukee, Convergence pairs ISGB members with international jewelry designers focusing on the four elements of water, air, earth, and fire.
 

The mission in creating this opportunity and challenge for artists to come together in creativity and design was to showcase how handmade glass beads can be incorporated into exhibition-quality jewelry.
 
ISGB received 140 entries for this one-of-a-kind lampwork and jewelry-design exhibition. Participants use of glass, metals, seed beads, semi-precious, fibers, and other materials has resulted in extraordinary creativity, superior artistry, and innovative design. The Convergence project has produced distinctive jewelry designs for exhibition, then culminating in a Live Auction at our 2009 annual conference, The Gathering, to benefit ISGB educational programs and CERF, the Craft Emergency Relief FundA number of exhibition pieces were featured in Bead&Button magazine’s special issue dedicated to Convergence designs and was published in October 2009.
 
A beautiful 53-page catalog of the Convergence is available for purchase through ISGB's home office. 

* ISGB would like to sincerely thank the SoftFlex Company for their generous support in helping to underwrite the Convergence Exhibition at the Bead&Button Show.
 

Convergence Exhibit Venues and Dates

May 1 – 24, 2009
Ohio Glass Museum
126 W. Main Street
Lancaster, Ohio
 
June 3 – 7, 2009
Bead&Button Show
Midwest Airlines Center
400 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
 

June 20 – July 24, 2009
Windish - Hunt Fine Arts Gallery
2911 Grand Avenue
Coconut Grove, Florida

 
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