Marthe Le Van

Discovering, developing & promoting exceptional design for multi-tiered markets

Strong Writer • Social Media Marketing • Niche Community Building • Thrifty & Innovative Solutions • Visual Composition • Intricate Creative Collaborations • Trend Forecasting • Talent Scouting • Editorial & Art Direction • Publishing • Critical & Imaginative Thinking

Owner, Mora, 2012–present
Independent designer jewelry store, Asheville, North Carolina

Owner, Marthe Le Van Jewelry, 2012-present
Freelance writer, editor, curator, and publicist, Asheville, North Carolina
Recent projects include:
• Juror, Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, 2012
• Juror, Craft as Object, Handmade in America, 2012

Acquisitions & Development Editor, Lark Jewelry & Beading, 2008–2011
Senior Editor, Lark Jewelry & Beading, 2004–2008
Lark Crafts, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble
• Established Lark Jewelry as a specialty division of the Lark Books imprint
• Built Lark Jewelry into the leading jewelry publisher and the most profitable division of Lark Books
• Produced a strategic and profitable list of illustrated jewelry books for multiple markets
• Set and maintained a budget and schedule for 10 titles annually
• Wrote about contemporary jewelry for a variety of audiences and platforms
• Curated image-driven collections of contemporary artist-made designer jewelry
• Secured and revised text from expert authors and guest contributors
• Edited precise instructional text and photographs for jewelry technique books
• Promoted Lark Jewelry publications throughout the industry and attracted new talent

Editor, Lark Books, 2000–2004
• Edited a diverse list of highly illustrated instructional books for enthusiasts
• Organized and managing all elements of a publication from acquisition to printing
• Coordinated the art and editorial efforts of freelance and staff contributors

Creative Director, Blue Spiral 1, 1996–2000
• Designed, installed, and maintained a 15,000-square-foot regional art gallery
• Acting as artist liaison, tracking inventory, conducting sales

Curator, Harvey Littleton Studios, 1993–1996
• Archived a personal collection of historic and contemporary art glass
• Managed an artist-in-residence program for onsite collaborative printmaking studio

Freelance Film Production Assistant, 1990–1993
• Television commercial companies include Sandbank Films, Boss Films, and many more

Intern, Bramon & Hopkins Casting, 1989

Professional Organizations
Society of North American Goldsmiths
Board of Directors, 2012-2014; Member 2003-present

Art Jewelry Forum
Member 2009-present

Bachelor of Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York, 1989
• Concentration in Art History and Arts Administration

Bibliography, printed and digital content samples, books reviews, and references available upon request.