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Karen Christians

Jewelry Evangelist

Karen Christians

After 30 years of teaching jewelry and advocating for the arts, it's finally time to get my blog on. What will you find here? I'll be exploring photography, cooking, jewelry fabrication, exotic travel and the tools that make it happen. It's hard to pin me down on just one subject and some of you might know me through Cleverwerx, and my love for cool tools. Others know me through Metalwerx, the jewelry school I founded (and pretty damn proud of that one). Perhaps you've embellished a bronze pendant in my tent on the playa at Burning Man. I obsess about jewelry, but more important I love fabricating and understanding the tools that jewelers use. It's why I belong to one of the largest maker studios in the world, Artisan's Asylum. I often view my world through the lens of a camera such as a compelling story of a simple walk on a wet day. Simplicity rules. With the help of friends, it's now under all one roof and you can find my writing here, from past jewelry articles and about Burning Man and crazy bicycle rides with 35,000 people in New York. Through my blog may you find your passion in making jewelry, cooking, or de-mystifying a tool. This blog is about what makes me tick and the cool stuff that's out in the world.

"Jewelry of Burning Man" Book Release Reception MAY 21st!

Monday, 18 May 2015

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Come join us for in celebrating the release of “Jewelry of Burning Man”, second book by Karen Christians, at the reception for “Where Science Meets Art: Metals & Wearables” exhibition at the Artisan's Asylum, part of Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) Exhibition Crawl being held in association with its 2015 annual conference, May 20-23.

“Jewelry of Burning Man” by Christians is a photo- and story tour of the rich array of ornament crafted over the years for Burning Man, the annual week-long festival that has been held in the Black Rock Desert of Northern Nevada for the last 25 years, now drawing in 70K participants from all over the globe. This body of work is perhaps unique in that it has been fabricated entirely for the sole purpose of gifting to other participants, unconditionally and often at great expense and effort. Inventive, touching, sometimes simple, sometimes extraordinary, this adornment reflects the shared community values, theme camps, volunteer groups, organizational departments and annual themes based on the event’s Ten Principles. The book tells the stories, themselves moving and sometimes extraordinary, behind each featured piece.

“Where Science Meets Art: Metals & Wearables of Artisan's Asylum” exhibit is curated by Christians, who is the creator and Director of the jewelry department at Artisan’s Asylum, as well as a photographer, jeweler and teacher of jewelry-making herself. She is co-founder of Metalwerx, the 17-year old school of jewelry making in Waltham, and founder of Cleverwerx, a company that fabricates jewelry making tools. A nine-year participant at Burning Man, she has run a popular jewelry camp there, at which she gives classes in resin inlay. She also distributes many hundreds of intricate cast bronze pendants designed and fabricated by lost-wax artist Sumner Silverman and herself. The exhibition continues through June 4th, 2015.

These pendants, along with other jewelry seen in the book will also be on display at the reception. Many come from the private collection of Christine Kristen aka Lady Bee, Burning Man’s archivist and a collaborator on the book. George Post, renowned photographer of jewelry, is responsible for most of the book’s pictures.

“Jewelry of Burning Man” will be available for purchase at the event, and is available for pre-order here:
http://karenchristians.com/

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Interview on Turning of the Wheel

Monday, 18 May 2015

Chris Flisher from Turning of the Wheel interviews Karen Christians on her new book, Jewelry of Burning Man. Collaborators on the book are Christine Kristen, aka LadyBee and renown photographer, George Post

See the video here!