What is The Living Treasures Project?

As the pioneers of the contemporary craft movement reach an advanced age, it has become an urgent task to make a record of their lives, their work and their achievements. The Living Treasures Project is an ongoing series of video profiles documenting the Northwest's most important and influential elder craft professionals. These are individuals with lifelong involvement in the arts and a history of personal generosity and outstanding leadership. They built institutions, taught fellow artists, and created important works that affected the direction of their fields. They are an inspiration to us all. 

An Important Video Documentary is the Newest Task of the Living Treasures Project

Ron Ho: A Jeweler's Journey 

This half-hour professionally-made video documentary will provide the viewer with a look into the life and art of Seattle artist, teacher, and world traveler Ron Ho. Fidget Films, a Seattle-based film production company, has been selected for the project.  For the past 30 years, they have produced a variety of media content, including award-winning documentaries, feature films, and television shows. When completed, the video portrait of Ron Ho’s life and work will join similar videos in the organization’s “Living Treasures” video library that now numbers seven subjects who have been influential in this region’s craft/arts heritage.

Ron Ho enjoys a local and national prominence as a contemporary jewelry artist and teacher. His work is in the permanent collections of several museums, including the prestigious Houston Museum of Fine Arts Helen Williams Drutt Jewelry Collection and the Tacoma Art Museum Studio Art Jewelry Collection. An oral history of his life is also held at the Smithsonian Institution.

In 2006, the Bellevue Arts Museum honored his importance to the contemporary craft movement by presenting 51 of his pieces in an exhibition and catalog titled, Dim Sum at the On-On Tea Room – The Jewelry of Ron Ho. The Bellevue Arts Museum produced a catalog and exhibition of his jewelry. 

Your Help is Important

As you might imagine, fundraising for professionally-made videos is a challenge for an all-volunteer organization like Northwest Designer Craftsmen. We hope that you will consider a gift to provide momentum for further fundraising for the Ron Ho video, and perhaps for those we hope to produce in the future. We will acknowledge every donor in some way, either on a video, or in related publications. 

Copies of all videos are placed in the archives of the University of Washington, and those of the Smithsonian Institution. They are also distributed to local public and college libraries. The public will be able to view the new Ron Ho documentary at a special presentation, and on the Northwest Designer Craftsmen website and YouTube. Fidget Films has a working relationship with KCTS Channel 9 and The Seattle Channel, and they are certain it will be shown by both venues. Whether you are an individual or a group, a gift to the Living Treasures Project will help to further promote the rich diversity of fine crafts from the Pacific Northwest to local and national audiences.