Brigid Mountmaking was founded by three mount-makers: Jen Simons, Deanna Hovey, and Erika Johnson
Brigid Mountmaking is named after the Celtic patroness of craftsmanship, wisdom, and excellence. We are a collaboration between three mountmakers committed to designing and fabricating unobtrusive artifact mounts with a deep respect for object safety. We are experienced with finding solutions for seismic-mitigating, traveling, and theft-deterring mounts as well as custom mannequins, textiles displays, and the fabrication of acrylic book mounts. We work in a variety of materials, including brass, steel, and acrylic, and are able to design and fabricate onsite or template objects and return for fittings. Whether managing large museum-wide installations or working on a single object for a collector, we bring the highest level of care to every object. Please contact us for a resume of previous work and selected clients.
After earning her BFA in sculpture at the Maine College of Art, Deanna worked as a licensed elevator mechanic in Boston. In 2002 she began her career as a mountmaker at the Field Museum, where she worked for five years. In 2007 she was hired by the Saint Louis Art Museum as their staff mountmaker. At the Art Museum, Deanna's responsibilities included seismically mounting objects from their extensive collection, which spans the centuries from ancient Egypt to the present. Deanna has also worked as an independent mountmaker and with Mountwork, LLC. In 2012 the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation published Deanna's article, "Simple and Invisible Solutions Using Rare Earth Disc Magnets in Mountmaking." She was also a presenter at the 3rd International Mountmakers Forum for her work designing and fabricating mounts for two 19th-century Persian tents.
Erika began her metalworking and object handling career fifteen years ago at the Arcadian Clock Co. As a clockmaker, Erika specialized in restoring French timepieces and designing and fabricating original precision regulators. In 2006 Erika joined Ely Inc. as a mountmaker and soon embraced the two biggest taboos of precision horology: welding and bending metal. For the past nine years, Erika has been leading major mountmaking projects for clients across the country. She has displayed an extensive range of objects, from car doors and cast iron lampposts to delicate fishbones smaller than a fingernail. Erika has a bachelor's degree in studio art, summa cum laude, from the College of William and Mary.
Jen began welding at the age of 14. She carried her passion for metalwork to the Kansas City Art Institute, where she concentrated on large steel construction. After passing AWS certification as a structural welder, Jen worked as a shop foreman, rigger, and structural welder in Kansas City and Baltimore. In 2005 she joined the art services field with Surroundart as a metal fabricator, fine art rigger, and eventually, mountmaker. In 2010 Jen established her own mountmaking company, Mountwork, LLC, where she provided mountmaking, large scale project management, and fine art rigging services to institutions both nationally and internationally. In 2013 Mountwork mounted and installed over 800 artifacts for the Alabama Department of Archives and History.