The concept behind Smitten Forum is to create opportunities that will give makers from the metals and jewelry field a place to come together in a creative environment and work side by side in a studio for one week. Each event is organized by Sara Brown and Marissa Saneholtz. Invitees range from emerging to well-established makers as well as educators and professional jewelers. A variety of techniques and mediums are represented, including traditional silversmithing, enameling, computer aided design, found object assemblage, tin construction, welding, powder coating, casting, and many more. By removing the distractions of everyday life and adding the energy of multiple makers, the participants are able to focus on their work. With the influence of those around them, participants can move in creative directions that may not have happened while working alone in their home studios.
For more information please visit the Smitten Forum website.
There are also catalogs printed to document each event. They can be purchased here.
The Bench: Southwest Makers Symposium
A collaboration with Sara Brown and form & concept gallery on a symposium and group exhibition in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Unfolding on the final weekend of July 2019, the event series will unite over 70 makers who have participated in Smitten Forum, along with an international creative community that surrounds them.
The Bench: Southwest Makers Symposium features lectures, demonstrations, and workshops by prominent names in the field of jewelry and metalsmithing. Six Years Smitten, a cumulative exhibition at form & concept that opens in conjunction with The Bench, spotlights new work by past participants of Smitten Forum. In celebration of this momentous weekend, Sandy Parr has designed an enamel pin that is available with registration.