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Talk :: Alien Adornment: 50 Years of Star Trek Jewelry

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Artisan’s Asylum is excited to welcome Maggie Schpak— pre-eminent jeweler and metalworker to the silver screen

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Conversation with Maggie Schpak

Artisan’s Asylum is excited to welcome Maggie Schpak— pre-eminent jeweler and metalworker to the silver screen, founder and principal of Studio Art Metal Shop in Glendale, CA since 1962, and longtime Star Trek prop jewelry maker. We all know her work—it’s in every episode of Star Trek the series, and features in all the Star Trek movies, as well as through other legendary film and television, the international runway, in museum exhibits, and adorning some high-profile rock stars.

Maggie Schpak will be making a rare public appearance to discuss working behind-the-scenes on the long-running and iconic shows and films, and the process of creating character adornment for the Star Trek series and movies, with its inception in the 1960s. An emeritus in her field, she is now passing the torch to another generation, and will be giving a talk that touches on everything from her career creating jewelry and props for television and film (not only the Star Trek franchise, but for many other films and shows over the years) to the design process inherent when collaborating with and supporting show-creators that need to represent foreign cultures from other galaxies. She’s defied the biases typical of small competitive manufacturing businesses, and while she captured the efficiencies from improvements in technology over the decades, she’s always maintained a critical level of artisan design and methodology. Her hand is evident in each piece, and nothing leaves her shop looking mass-produced. Her high standards, acumen, and sheer inventiveness are respected by generations both in the industry and in fan circles.

Star Trek continues to be a powerful cultural agent, expanding way beyond both commercial juggernaut and fan-based culture. Dissonant times find utopias to emulate. Anchored around the premise of a ‘Prime Directive’, Star Trek projects the possibility of common sense and compassion in an integrated, collaborative multiverse. Via its ornament, images, and ideology, we are inspired to look for a way beyond. “We look to the stars to define who we are,” asserts a new Star Trek series due out in the fall. Schpak’s appearance could not be more timely. Join us for this unique event, celebrating a fascinating life and career.

She will be joined in conversation by Karen Christians, artist, educator, jeweler, designer, author of The Jewelry of Burning Man, and founder of Metalwerx, the 20-year old school of jewelry making in Waltham, and of Cleverwerx, a company that fabricates jewelry making tools.

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Proceeds from ticket sales to this event and others associated with ‘Alien Adornment: 50 Years of Star Trek Jewelry’ are part of a fundraising drive by the Artisan’s Asylum.

Help us prepare for the future and provide a cushion against rising costs, so that our services and facility remain accessible and affordable for everyone. We appreciate any direct donations you’re willing to provide. If you wish to make a direct donation of any amount, please click here: Direct Donations [https://artisansasylum.com/donation/].

Artisan’s Asylum is a 501(c)3 non-profit community fabrication center that empowers individuals to give form to their ideas through membership, education, and workspace.

For more information, please see https://startrek.artisansasylum.com/

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