Artist and educator
Leslie is an artist and educator, born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She/they studied Metalsmithing + Jewelry at Pratt Institute (BFA) and Rhode Island School of Design (MFA), and has exhibited throughout the US and in venues abroad such as the super+Centercourt Gallery in Munich, Germany and at Object Rotterdam in Holland. She/they lives in Denver, CO where she/they is an Assistant Professor of Art and the Jewelry Area Coordinator at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Navigating this current political time and space as an educator in America is difficult. As I engage with my fellow educators and students it becomes evident that we are often failing to facilitate robust, constructive, direct dialogue about social issues in our classrooms. I do not think this is for a lack of caring or interest, but that arts and craft educators do not always feel equipped with the tools or language necessary to facilitate difficult conversations around issues such as race, class, privilege, and sexuality.
Without such a wonderful community of craftspeople working within social justice initiatives, this database wouldn't exist. Thank you for all of the work you do, in your own practice and in collaboration with others.
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Jeweler, maker, writer
Rebecca is a San Francisco Bay Area-based jeweler, maker, writer, baker, and aspiring maximalist. She is a recent graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, where she earned her BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing with a concentration in Mind, Brain, and Behavior. In addition to her daily work as a bench jeweler, she is a freelance writer/editor, a contributor to Current Obsession Magazine and a participant in New York City Jewelry Week's 2020 One for the Future program.
Rebecca is interested in jewelry as a method of initiating political discourse and as a way of expressing, manipulating, or distorting social identity. She believes that a healthy dose of humor and blasphemy is necessary to invite us to approach critical subject matter.
Artist, writer, historian
Jackie is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, art historian, and culinary historian based in rural
Maryland. She will graduate with her BFA in Sculpture with a minor in Art History from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland in Fall 2020. Jackie has exhibited her work throughout the United States, and was the recipient of a Summer Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry Grant at Towson University in May 2020. She co-founded Power Clash Art, a digital publication for emerging artists and artist professionals, in July 2020.
Jackie frequently explores gender roles, queerness, collection, and the paranormal in both her studio work and her writing, often using her studio & writing practice as a method of creating dialogue with her culinary- and art-historical interests. She currently works as a research assistant and freelance writer.