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brit hammer is teaching again!

Brit Hammer launched her online class in August and I am happy to report that Photographing Fine Art & Craft is quickly becoming popular among artists for a reason: It works. She’s teaching another session of the class in November and I don’t want you to miss it!

In this class Brit teaches you how to take photos that capture the essence of your art, how to curate those images and “how to craft a visual story for use in magazines and other publications.”

Before on the left, After on the right

As someone who views art on the Internet I need to be WOWED to go further than the Home page. Lure me in with your images.

Students in the Photographing Fine Art & Craft class report that they are learning much more than how to take pictures to the WOW stage and how to tell a story with images – they are, as one student said, “learning to shoot from the heart.”

Heba Barazi is learning quickly – see what she has to say below and read more testimonials here.

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Heba is learning, learning, learning!

“Brit’s approach to teaching artistic photography is systematic. She broke down the process of capturing images into small steps that I can understand. In just a couple of weeks, I made a whopping leap of progress. I am so glad I joined her class. Thank you Brit!” – Heba Barazi

Brit created a video of top ten tips for students in my website building class and she has graciously allowed me to share one of the tips with you today. Watch the video for one of her Top Ten Tips for Photographing Fine Art & Craft.  Want the rest of her tips? Sign up for the class (there’s even a discount for DAM readers!)

Recently, as I videotaped a series of website audits, I reminded each artist that they shouldn’t rely on text to tell the story of their work. It likely won’t get read by many people.

Let your photos tell the story of your art. Let Brit show you how to tell a story with your images. Really.

Stay tuned for more from Brit – and watch for a collaboration between Brit and daMuse in 2013. I look forward to sharing more of her student’s work in future posts.


ps. The class is designed for a DSLR camera. Shooting on automatic because you don’t know how to work with the settings on your camera? Brit can help with that too – check out her newest online tutorial, DSLR Photography for Beginners.


kahn and fago launch apprenticementor.com

A comment on Saturday’s post about my search for an apprenticeship on the East Coast sent me skipping to Apprenticementor.com, a non profit website where mentors and apprentices can find each other. The new venture was launched last week by apprentice Jennifer Kahn, and artist Celie Fago, a team for almost nine years.

Celie, a jewelry artist, writer, and much sought after teacher, met Jennifer when Kahn was in college working at a gallery that sold Fago’s jewelry.  After attending classes taught by her, Kahn became a live-in apprentice and teaching assistant to the artist, and she continues in those roles today while making and selling her own line of jewelry.

Here’s a snippet of what the duo says about apprenticeships:

“Mentors have the potential to not only pass on their skills but to give those who could never have the time or the money or the know-how, the ability to invest in their passion. They can ensure that crafts stay alive and vibrant for future generations.

There are all levels of potential apprenticeships out there.  Some as extensive as the traditional 7 years and some simply lasting for a given event. For example, a potter looking for help selling their work at a craft show in exchange for teaching about how to sell at craft shows. It could be a live-in situation; an apprentice could work for their mentor for a number of days a week in exchange for room and board. Or it could be more casual, meeting once a week for a few hours. Simply go to the directory to peruse or create a listing. You decide what you are looking for or what you want to put out there.”

Celie Fago and Jennifer Kahn

The website is brand new, so there aren’t many people registered yet, but my guess is that will change soon as word gets out about this great service. Keep your eye on Apprenticementor – they have a Facebook page to make it easy for you to do that. I’m on my way over there to register right now – it’s free. Coming?

Many thanks to Angela Crispin for letting us know!


michael demeng transforms the common into the sacred

Michael deMeng is a mad alchemist. When the assemblage artist finds a discarded shoe or an empty sardine can he doesn’t see garbage, he sees a personal shrine. deMeng’s gift, transforming the common into the sacred, becomes clear when you study pieces like ‘Urning Rubber’, a mixed media reliquary meant to hold treasured objects, and ‘Hell Mask’, that boasts teeth made from a row of matchbook matches.

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Urning Rubber, mixed media urn


Guadalupe of the Heeling Sole, mixed media, 12″x 16″x4″


deMeng dementing doll parts


Using mostly cold joins, deMeng deconstructs and reassembles various elements, adding flourishes of drama and painted details, allowing the story to unfold until close inspection makes you feel as though you are inside the dark humor of a macabre comedy.


A Strange Case, mixed media assemblage


Daughters of Lilith {click image to see large}

He does copius amounts of research when he is working on a piece and he shares some of his insights and process on specific assemblages, like ‘Daughters of Lilith’, pictured above. Read the story behind ‘Daughters of Lilith’ here. deMeng also describes many of the components of this piece and how he came to use them.  Fascinating.


Hell Mask, mixed media


Heeling, mixed media

“These assemblages are metaphors for the evolutions and revolutions of existence: from life to death to rebirth, from new to old to renewed, from construction to destruction to reconstruction. These forms are examinations of the world in perpetual flux, where meaning and function are ever-changing.” Michael deMeng

Michael’s new book Dusty Diablos: Folklore, Iconography, Assemblage, Ole! will be available next month and his 2007 Secrets of Rusty Things: Transforming Found Objects into Art is still wildly popular. Next up for deMeng is a live 2-part Craftcast Masterclass beginning this Wednesday, February 17th, where he will demystify the process of creating an assemblage piece and teach you “how to stick it all together.”  You can also follow deMeng’s blog and become a fan on his  Facebook Fan Page.


Hipolite Rafael Chacon on deMeng:

“He characterizes his creative process as an arduous and hellish journey of self-reflection, but making art is also salutary, a cathartic release of internal demons. As in the ex-votos of Latin American altars, need and desire are balanced with belief and hope and deMeng’s works of art mediate between the ancestral past, the life of the living and an unknown future. In his shrines, color, pattern, texture, and repetition of form symbolize the cyclical nature of life and death. His process, evident in the work itself, embraces trial and error and reminds us of the resilience of the human spirit and the possibility of endless regeneration.


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