Spaces of Production

June 5 -27, July 10-25, July 31 - August 22


Spaces of Production is a series of three artist-led projects focusing on community engagement. The selected artists all come from a different making background and include ceramic artist Michael Strand (Fargo, ND), soft guerrilla textile activist Carole Frances Lung (Long Beach, CA) and conceptual metalsmith Nick Dong (Oakland, CA)


Michael Strand, ceramic artist (Fargo, ND)
Ex.Change | 
June 5 – 27, 2015 | The artist is in: June 5 – 13 
June 5, 5 – 8 pm – Opening Reception
June 11, 6:30 pm – Artist Talk by Michael Strand

Carole Frances Lung, soft guerrilla textile activist (Long Beach, CA)
The People’s Cloth Trade Show | July 7 – 25, 2015 | The artist is in: July 14 – 25
July 16, 6:30 pm – Artist Talk by Carole Frances Lung
July 24, 5 – 8 pm – Closing Reception

Nick Dong, conceptual metalsmith (Oakland, CA)
The Mend-Smith Project | 
July 31 – August 22, 2015 | The artist is in: August 11 – 22 
Featuring Metalsmith magazine’s annual Exhibition In Print sponsored by Society of North American Goldsmiths (also on view)
July 31, 5 – 8 pm – Opening Reception
August 13, 6 pm – Artist Talk by Nick Dong

Event Details

Michael Strand, ceramic artist (Fargo, ND)
Ex.Change, June 5 – 27, 2015

Ex.ChangeEx.Change ­– My Time for Your Time is a special exhibition and outreach project where participants can leverage their unique and personal efforts to create a greater impact within their community. Artist Michael Strand is inviting those in and around Asheville, North Carolina to consider completing five hours of volunteer work that can be Ex.Changed for one of his limited edition, handmade cups. A field guide with detailed instructions on how to participate can be found here: Ex.Change call for volunteers and participation guide.

Ex.Change is more than just a five-hour effort, it is a way for Asheville to gather together and celebrate the many remarkable ways that we impact our community on a daily basis. Throughout the exhibition, Strand will be in the gallery creating new cups (his gesture) and Ex.Changing them with participant efforts (your gesture). Over time, the exhibition will evolve from a collection of cups to a display of the stories and artifacts documenting our collective community impact.

View Asheville’s collective efforts in the project’s Tumblr blog.

About Michael Strand
Michael J. Strand is a Professor and Head of Visual Arts at North Dakota State University. With a background as a functional potter, Strand’s work has moved seamlessly into social and community engagement while remaining dedicated to the traditional object as he investigates the potential of craft as a catalyst for social change. Strand’s work has been published internationally, with articles in American Craft, Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics Art and Perception, Studio Potter, Hemslojen, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Public Art Review. Strand lectures and leads workshops extensively with recent engagements at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, among others.  In 2014, Strand was awarded a two-year Bush Foundation Fellowship to focus on the potential of functional design to facilitate cross-cultural communication and understanding in political and social spheres extending from his home state of North Dakota to international locations such as Brazil, China, South Africa and Europe.

Carole Frances Lung, soft guerrilla textile activist (Long Beach, CA)
The People’s Cloth Trade Show, July 7 – 25, 2015

PeoplesClothBannerUsing Lung’s alter ego, Frau Fiber, The People’s Cloth Trade Show will play off of the trade show format to create an approachable, immersive environment for visitors to learn about North Carolina textile manufacturing – its history, production methods, and global context. Visitors will be invited to walk through interactive and visual displays, watch video demonstrations, and participate in hands-on making opportunities.

Event and workshop schedule available here. See Carole Frances Lung’s photos and documentation of the project at

About Carole Frances Lung
Carole Frances Lung is an artist, activist, and scholar living in Long Beach, CA. Through her alter ego, Frau Fiber, Lung utilizes a hybrid of playful activism, cultural criticism, research, and spirited crafting of one of a kind garment production performances. She investigates the human cost of mass production and consumption, addressing issues of value and time through the thoroughly hand-made construction and salvaging of garments. Her performances have been exhibited at Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Chicago, IL, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA, Museum of Contemporary Craft Portland, OR, The School of the Art Institute, Chicago IL, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC and the Ghetto Biennale, Port Au Prince, Haiti. Publications include: Chicago Arts News, American Craft Council: Shaping the Future of Craft, Art in America, and Art Papers. She has lectured at Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Feminism and Co. series, Craftivism; Creativity and Ingenuity Symposium, at Haystack Mountain School of Craft, in Deer Isle, ME and at the Textile Society of America symposium in Washington, DC. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Kohler Arts and Industry Residency and Craft Research Fund Grant by The Center for Craft Creativity & Design. Lung currently maintains the Institute for Labor Generosity Workers and Uniforms, Frau Fiber’s headquarters and experimental factory, in the Art X complex in downtown Long Beach, CA and is an Assistant Professor Department of Art, Fashion and Textile at California State University, Los Angeles, CA.




Nick Dong, conceptual metalsmith (Oakland, CA)
The Mend-Smith Project, July 31 – August 22, 2015
Featuring Metalsmith magazine’s annual Exhibition In Print sponsored by Society of North American Goldsmiths  (also on view)

rings after reunification

Conceptual metalsmith Nick Dong will present The Mend-Smith Project, which explores the social responsibility of the jeweler to create new symbolic meaning through objects that have come to represent the loss of a loved one.

Nick Dong: “It all started when a dear friend lost her husband and all that remained of him was his wedding ring. Given my background as a jeweler, I felt I could do more than offer heartfelt condolences; rather, I could use my skills to take both my friend and her partner’s wedding rings and forge them into something new, something she could hold onto as an eternal representation of love long after the marriage vows had broken. The ring I created for her—a combination of the couple’s wedding rings that set her ring inside her partner’s ring, fixing them in an eternal embrace—is just the start of a project I hope will enable others to heal through the repurposing of these symbols of love and commitment. Thus, the Mend-Smith project was born.”

During the project period, free Mend-Smith consultations will be made available to those who have lost a loved one. The starting point will be a small symbolic or sentimental jewelry object. Working collaboratively with the client, Dong will use the stories and memories told about the relationship to guide the final design of the transformed piece.

To reserve your free Mend-Smith consultation this August, please e-mail Limited Availability. The final product is offered to the client in exchange for permission of their story to be documented in the greater catalog of Mend-Smith objects. Dong will be working in the gallery so visitors may watch the work as it unfolds.

The Mend-Smith Project is presented in collaboration with Moved by Metal: Interaction as Beauty curated by Wendy Steiner, Richard L. Fisher Professor of English at University of Pennsylvania. This exhibition is provided by Metalsmith magazine’s annual Exhibition in Print and sponsored by the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), a non-profit arts organization that supports and advances the professional practice of artists, designers, jewelers and metalsmiths by inspiring creativity, encouraging education, and fostering community. According to EIP curator Dr. Wendy Steiner, the exhibition will include “objects that engage the viewer in a participatory experience in order for them to be appreciated as beautiful.”


These audio excerpts were originally published in Metalsmith magazine’s 2015 Exhibition in Print.

About Nick Dong
Nick Dong is a conceptual metalsmith mixed-media sculptor and Founder / Chief Creative Officer of StudioDONG whose work addresses such topics as materialism and human interaction. Since 2011, he has served on the City of Oakland Public Art Advisory Committee, curating and advising public art projects for the city and since 2008 he has served as instructor for California College of the Arts, guiding and coaching senior students in the Metalsmithing and Jewelry department. Dong was born in Taiwan and moved to the United States to pursue his MFA in metalsmithing at the University or Oregon. His artworks have been exhibited in various national and international art organizations, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, ISE Cultural Foundation, New York City, NY, Kunstbanken Museum, Hamar, Norway, San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design, San Francisco, CA, Michael Ku Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA. His work has been featured in publications Business Weekly of Taiwan, Metalsmith, Lark Books’ 1000 RINGS –Inspiring Adornments for the Hand, San Francisco Chronicle

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Spaces of Production is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and by the Society of North American Goldmiths.

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