TRENTON AVE ARTS FAIR 2014

•May 11, 2014 • Leave a Comment

http://trentonaveartsfest.org/
Hope to see you there, this saturday May 17th from 11-6pm!

2013 trenton  ave arts fair

2013 trenton ave arts fair


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3rdward Philly~A place where creativity is cultivated

•July 9, 2013 • Leave a Comment

3rdward Philly~A place where creativity is cultivated

Learn to manipulate plastics, epoxy, and resins in this 2 day workshop on Thursdays July 18,25 from 7-10pm! In this class you will be taught new ways to make jewelry with experimentation in 3 different plastic forms. Classes are taught by yours truley, so sign up now to reserve YOUR spot at: https://philly.3rdward.com/class/introduction-to-plastics/1912#/section/6571

3rdward Philly- A place where creativity is cultivated

•July 9, 2013 • Leave a Comment

3rdward Philly- A place where creativity is cultivated

Learn basic Jewelry techniques like soldering, cutting metal, and forging with the “intro to Jewelry” class Sundays July 14,21,28~ In this class you will create and ID bracelet and an interlocking ring from scratch!!! Classes taught by yours truely so sign up now to reserve your spot at: https://philly.3rdward.com/class/introduction-to-jewelry/1905#/section/6359

3rdward Philly- A place where creativity is cultivated

•July 9, 2013 • Leave a Comment

3rdward Philly- A place where creativity is cultivated

Learn Jewelry Etching at 3rdward Philly this Thursday July 11th from 7-10pm~ classes taught by your truely:>
See YOU there!!! sign up now to reserve a spot at: https://philly.3rdward.com/class/photo-etching-workshop/1953#/section/6336

Save the Date 12/4: DIY Business Association

•November 23, 2012 • 2 Comments

The DIY Business Association says, “Creativty is Good Business” AND I happen to think so too! Come meet new people in the NYC and learn something new!

For more details on who is speaking go here: http://www.meetup.com/DIY-Business-Meetup/events/86079082/.

btw, did I say, ‘WOOT?!?”

Sacred Spaces: The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH)

•November 13, 2012 • Leave a Comment

The NMAJH is a place that represents the freedom and equality that America has to offer not only to the Jewish Nation, but to all peoples. It is however the only museum in the nation strictly dedicated to exploring and interpreting the American Jewish Experience. The museum has been in existence for over three decades now, but has been newly erected in 2010. With 5 different levels the building spans over 100,000 square feet between 5th and 6th street on Independence Mall East in the heart of Philadelphia’s Historic District. The museum carries more than 25,000 objects that preserve and represent the material culture of the American Jews.

When you first enter the structure there is a sense of the vast unknown. An emotional feeling one who first immigrated to this country was probably consumed with. Walking through the museum starting at the bottom is like a time machine. The tour begins in 1654 the year of the first permanent settlement of the Jews, and ends in present day America. Each floor has relics and remnants of the American Jewish Culture. As you walk through the decades, it is made clear by their everyday lifestyles and possessions how they slowly let go of the old world and embraced their new home. This includes everything from their clothing, appliances, furniture, and means of entertainment and leisure activities. Their world becomes more about modernism, and less about clinging to tradition, all the while never forgetting their heritage.        

Along the walls of the museum hang a multitude of different influential Jewish American historical figures. These include people such as Donna Karen, Woody Allen, Jerry Seinfeld, Bella Abzug, Steven Spielberg, and Abraham Joshua Heschel, some of the most prolific contributing members of their individual fields. Another really interesting aspect of the museum is the story booth. Here you are encouraged to describe the historical background of you ancestry. I was unable to record my Jewish Identity and story, but I was however, able to view those stories of those who were taped before me. People spoke about how they relate to Jewish tradition today, how their ancestors immigrated here, and even favorite recipes or traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation. It was a very heartfelt and personal encounter with complete strangers who were delightfully refreshing to learn about.          

The building architecture as a whole is very modern as it was designed and erected by the Ennead Architects of Pennsylvania. This team of world class industrial designers is specifically known for their conceptual execution. The building has received 4 awards, and has been recognized in 19 publications for its design excellency and historical contribution. The structure is made of translucent qualities, wide open spaces and a wraparound glass facade, representing the fragility of democracy that guarantees the freedom in this country, and also the open door that greeted those finding refuge in America. Finally the funders and architects wanted to portray a space that was open and ambiguous to encourage people to understand that they have the freedom to cross boundaries.

When visiting this museum, not only did I come away with a better understanding of the history of Jewish living, but I was also forced to think about where I stood as an American Jewish citizen. I felt a personal connection to this place and a greater appreciation for the people who paved the way and fought for equality and justice. I was given all the opportunities they never had, and thus a better chance at succeeding in whatever my endeavors may be, so in my estimation this edifice is definitely well serving its intent!

Sources: 

 www.nmajh.org 

www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/episodes/november-19-2010/national-museum-of-american-jewish-history/7511/

 http://ennad.com/#/projects/nmajh

An Artist Inspired: “Save the Dead Sea”

•November 2, 2012 • Leave a Comment


Limited Edition (Ltd. Ed.) jewelry is a division of Carly N. Herman which is known for it’s sculptural and fabricated pieces with semi-precious and precious metals. These works are one of kind and or of a small series, they are rare, and inspired by my affinity for creativity and inovation. Adornment of the body has been an attraction of mine for about a decade now, and I am constantly striving to push myself conceptually and technically with experimentation and new resolutions.

Custom piece’s such as “Save the Dead Sea” are tailored forging, and soldering, high polishing and scribing techniques, where everyday objects and found materials are incorporated and brought to life. This unique work of art is embellished with colored pigments, resins, and citrine. “Save the Dead Sea”, in particular was inspired by the natural surroundings of my trip to Israel through Birthright. I came away with a better understanding and sense of urgency on why the Dead Sea needs to be recognized as a national treasure and one of the great wonders of the world. It is a natural resource that has been documented and praised through out history for its unique and magnificent healing properties, as well as its attributes for being the only body of water in the world located at 1,340 feet below sea level and therefore the lowest known point to man on earth! The piece I have created specifically for your auction is meant to spark conversation on the great necesity to raise awareness of the disapearance of this phenomal national treasure. Each year the dead sea decreases by a minimum of 4 feet, and every year we don’t do something to halt this rapid reduction, we are making it more difficult to reverse the effects. Initially the Dead Sea was actually a sea fed by two different bodies of water, the direct source being the Jordan River, and the indirect source being the Red sea. Now the Dead Sea actually consists of two lakes, as the Jordan River no longer cycles through this body of water, and detaches the Dead Sea from any further growth or sustainability. The necklace I’ve created cleary represents the affore mentioned facts, and in turn allows the wearer to honestly and emotionaly speak on behalf of this cause.

 
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