In Conversation with matt lambert........
matt lambert is a non-binary, trans multidisciplinary collaborator and coconspirator working towards equity, inclusion, and reparation. They are a founder and facilitator of The Fulcrum Project and currently are a PhD student between Konstfack and University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Their research engages with the relationship of craft to nation structure, gender, indigeneity and nomadism. They hold a MA in Critical Craft Studies from Warren Wilson College and an MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art. They have exhibited work nationally and internationally and have actively contributed writing to Art Jewelry Forum, Garland, Klimt02, Metalsmith Magazine, Norwegian Craft and the Athens Jewelry Week catalogues.
Settings & Findings with matt lambert
As some jewelers or anyone who has ordered from a jewelry supply store the “settings and findings” tabs are familiar. To others it conjures a table setting which can mean adding a seat at the table. A table that makers are able to expand, take apart, refurbish, repurpose or make a completely different table. It is also a reference to the setting of a stone in a ring, to hold something precious or to question what is worth holding onto. It is the scenography, the space around where something occurs. Findings in a jeweler’s sense is a collection of elements used to hold together or combine elements. Clasps, pins, rings. Findings also can be taken as a term for discovery. The energy of finding something new or finding something once thought lost.
I am a sucker for the metaphors of craft.
I have generously been offered this space to function as a visual journal. Carte Blanche was the term used. As I move through a PhD in Craft between Konstfack and HDK Valand in Sweden. This space will become a visual for showing what I am looking at, where I have been, where I am going, but more importantly opens a place to offer others to develop concepts, to share thoughts, movements and directions. It’s a test site for not just myself but to share with others to explore and expand horizons of who we look at, how we look at and what and who we look with. This space becomes a travel log of flaneur-ship, rag picking and wandering to create space for constellations.
For thinking about our settings and findings.