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Jason Forck (Penn/Fairmount)
Penn/Fairmount is a line of useful and beautiful tableware with a sleek, modern sensibility created by hand at Pittsburgh Glass Center. Glass artist Jason Forck and his team have designed distinct silhouettes in a variety of translucent hues.
Jason Forck was raised on a small farm in Kansas. He learned early on the value of working with one’s hands. In 2005, he moved to Pittsburgh to pursue an opportunity at Pittsburgh Glass Center where he continues making his sculptures and working as education and creative projects coordinator. His work has been exhibited across the U.S.
The AudreyModern collection is based on the desire to make durable, functional bags with high quality materials. I believe that everyday objects, like a handbag or a backpack, should be intuitive and easy to use. I look to balance ease of usability with simple, clean design in each piece that I make.
All items are designed and handmade in San Francisco. While searching for textiles ten years ago, I discovered wool felt and fell in love! This luxurious fabric has a textural quality that is hard to describe. It is firm yet soft, and is also biodegradeable and completely renewable (it grows back – go sheep!). I am continually amazed at the versatility of this wool felt and how it lends itself with ease to my designs.
My pieces addressed about psychological conditions of daily life. That question in an attempt to look for my identity as an artist. I focused on one subject, which I called a “Listening”. Basically, the Listening is a metaphor for describing emotions of myself. I was motivated by the idea that displacement is completely outside my control, but such a good chance to pursue my own aesthetic work. The Listening was my way of making a visual reality from my abstracted inner emotions.
"For me, simplicity has always been the defining quality of great design. My work reflects my aspirations to achieve that simplicity and make it look effortless despite the intricate, time consuming process used to create my jewelry. I hope that their clean lines, subtle colors and textures make my pieces the perfect accessories for the modern woman".
Olga creates her jewelry by crocheting, stitching, and weaving thousands of tiny glass beads together. Basic geometric shapes flow into organic forms, producing clean, elegant designs. Olga’s signature style derives from her use of bead crochet. This centuries-old technique allows for great creative freedom when combined with modern materials.
Originally from Bulgaria, a land with rich craft heritage, Olga has lived in the United States for the past twenty years. Her fascination with the art of beadwork was a natural expansion of her love of fiber arts. The infinite possibilities and meditative quality of this ancient craft has kept Olga’s focus ever since."
Lori Swartz (Lorimetals)
"Be where you are, even for a snap. We are lured by the fastest, cheapest, biggest. We forget about authenticity. Art takes time. There are too many plastic things marketed as originals. We all have stories to tell. Use this work as a prompt for your own story. Be present and see. Be curious.
Lori Swartz began as a metal smith, creating sculpture, furniture and jewelry. She is also a painter, writer and a performer. Working as a multi-media artist has allowed her to express herself in ways that are both private and public. She does not have divided loyalties. She has one loyalty (art), with multiple expressions.
Her work can currently be seen in galleries and boutiques across the country."