Jamie Herman and his “Criminal” chair, made from Vermont cherry with inlaid black poplar.
Boston’s Society of Arts + Crafts introduced that Jamie Herman is the 2021 recipient of the John D. Mineck Fellowship, a high-profile award that features an unrestricted $25,000 prize and is given yearly to an early-career furnishings artist.
Herman is a woodworker, sculptor, and trainer at present working on the Peters Valley Faculty of Craft in Layton, New Jersey. He’s an alumnus of the Vermont Woodworking Faculty. He stood out to the Fellowship jury as a gifted artist with stable expertise, a dedication to creative development, and a complete plan for the prize cash. His choice, created from a nationwide pool of candidates, shall be acknowledged September 30 at an award ceremony in Hingham, Mass.
Herman was born and raised in Kentucky earlier than transferring to Ohio, the place he accomplished highschool and earned a Bachelor’s diploma in anthropology and archaeology from the College of Cincinnati. He acquired a Certificates in Woodworking and Furnishings Design from the Vermont Woodworking Faculty in 2017, and is at present an Artist Fellow and Wooden Studio Coordinator on the Peters Valley Faculty of Craft in Layton, New Jersey.
In his seek for a inventive outlet, Herman explored music and classical trombone, however his experiences learning archaeology — and a visit to Belize for the excavation of historical ruins — ignited a deep curiosity about craft. “We have been pulling out unimaginable items of pottery that nobody had touched or seen in tons of of years. That basically struck me,” Herman says of his work on the dig. Upon his return, he took a job restoring historic buildings and utilized to the furnishings program on the Vermont Woodworking Faculty.
Whereas in Vermont, Herman started instructing neighborhood lessons and created a number of main furnishings items earlier than transferring on to finish a studio fellowship on the Middle for Furnishings Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. His model is markedly modern, finely-tuned, and wildly imaginative, with many items that includes gravity-defying angles and surprising silhouettes.
Herman’s superbly off-kilter designs mirror a deeper course of whereby creative creation features as a technique to heal and handle private points. “Making has all the time been a type of remedy for me,” Herman says. “I struggled with psychological well being throughout my time in Vermont. However having a undertaking in entrance of me that was all-consuming and occupied my arms gave me an opportunity to course of issues in a extra helpful method.”
“After I was at school, I didn’t suppose critically about what I used to be making; concepts simply popped into my head,” Herman says. “Looking back I notice I used to be making issues that have been practical, however simply barely. They have been reflections of my psychological state on the time. I’m so pleased with the issues I made then as a result of they symbolize overcoming darkish ideas…and getting by way of.”
Herman plans to make use of his Fellowship prize to arrange an impartial studio, proceed his schooling in new mediums, and develop applications that join younger furnishings makers with mentors within the area.
“Jamie’s constructing course of, his deep dedication to craft, and his want to help younger makers exemplifies the guts and soul of the Mineck Fellowship,” says Society of Arts + Crafts Government Director Brigitte Martin. “The jury who selected him because the winner favored Jamie’s plan that features different gifted woodworkers and gives a tangible technique to assist them.”
The John D. Mineck Furnishings Fellowship is likely one of the largest furnishings and craft prizes within the area, and one of many grants supported by the Boston-based John D. Mineck Basis, created to honor the various pursuits Mineck pursued all through his life. The Fellowship focuses on rising furnishings makers whose work is modern and practical, and helps younger artists with monetary help to develop expertise and transition to independence. The Society of Arts + Crafts, the place Mineck as soon as served as president of the Board of Trustees, has administered the fellowship because it started in 2007.
About Society of Arts + Crafts
For greater than a century, the Society of Arts + Crafts has related artists with the communities that maintain them, and has been on the forefront of the American craft motion, fostering the event, gross sales, recognition, and schooling of high quality craft. Its mission is to assist and have fun craft makers and their creativity; its imaginative and prescient is to construct and maintain a vibrant and numerous neighborhood and to form the way forward for craft. For extra data, go tosocietyofcrafts.org.
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