SNAG Board Candidate
Eleanor Ingrid Rose is a craft based sculpture artist, metalsmith, and toolmaker. She has a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MFA from UW-Madison. She frequently works alongside Stacy Motte in their collaborative project Ladies Who… Eleanor has been making tools, to make tools, to make art for over a decade which has led her to specialize in casting, machining, and a chaotic variety of skills within other craft media.
Statement of Interest:
I am a resident metals artist at the Appalachian Center for Craft. I am a craft-based sculpture artist and toolmaker. My work primarily deals with the erasure of women’s work in craft history and my own surrealistic narrative of being transgender. As a trans woman I am interested in giving back to the queer community. Working with other projects like chairmaker’s toolbox, a workshop of our own has been rewarding beyond belief, but are less focused in my field. I know that I am incredibly lucky to be able to make art for a living and I would like to use whatever privilege I may have to make it easier for people in not so fortunate circumstances to have access to the craft world. I also founded an ongoing social media project “Trans Craft Society” two years ago to organize a space to empower trans and nonbinary crafts people and have a more accessible community, a sentiment I would hope to bring to my time as a board member. I would be honored to serve on the board of SNAG.
I believe I could offer insight into the queer and trans communities, and plights we face while navigating a divisive landscape not only in America but in the larger craft community. Equity and diversity are one of the most important things for individuals and organizations to focus on and I hope I could add to not just the gender diversity of the board but help with equity for queer folx in the metal smithing community as a whole. That being said, while not a non profit, I have been serving on the board of advisors for Austin School of Fine Furniture with a LGBT+ equity theme to my projects.
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