• Meet Karen Smith, The Artist Teaching Black Women And Girls How To Be Metalsmiths

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    Credit: Karen Smith By Jasmine Browley · Updated October 14, 2021 When Karen Smith decided to travel to Senegal for a metalsmith apprenticeship, the self-taught metal artist didn't realize how much she would have to overcome while in the West African country. Not only was the program one of the most rigorous in the world, but it was also extremely exclusionary. In the heavily Muslim country, the saying goes “women don't wield the hammer,” so Smith was often isolated and sometimes mocked as the only woman metalsmith artist in the apprenticeship. But the Brooklyn, NY native wasn't deterred...
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