Curated by Joy Fire
About the collection:
Our goal at the Society of Inclusive Blacksmiths (SIBs) is to change the perception of who can be a blacksmith. We want everyone to be able to participate in the craft, regardless of their gender, identity, race, ability, etc. This means folks in our community often do not fit the expected image of what a blacksmith looks like. As a reflection of our goal to change this reality, I chose work that was unexpected in some way. The artists in this collection challenge the dominant narrative of what the craft they employ could or should be. They use material in a non-normative way, or a design that goes beyond what is standard for the object. A hat can be trimmed with acrylic disks, a ring can be woven from chala fibers, binary code can convey a message on a table, and everyone can be a blacksmith!
About the Society of Inclusive Blacksmiths:
The Society of Inclusive Blacksmiths (SIBs) is committed to building equity and diversity in the field of blacksmithing. We are working to change the image of blacksmiths in the 21st century by supporting, promoting, and highlighting historically underrepresented populations and forward-thinking work. We offer mentorship opportunities, connections to education, information about accessible resources, and host special events that empower and support our community while reducing social and economic barriers. Every individual who is passionate about metal work should have access to opportunities and resources. SIBs is dedicated to doing what is necessary to make that a reality.
Learn more about the Society of Inclusive Blacksmiths on their website: inclusiveblacksmiths.com