After belonging to orchid for quite some time, i’m actually making
my first post. My name is Altana and I am a young emerging jewelry
designer out of the bay area in california. I’ve studied art and
design while i was attending university and now in two weeks I will
be studying at Revere Academy. Right now (because I’ve only had
beginner/intermediate experience working in metal and cannot afford
to start my own metalsmithing studio in my house) I work with found
objects, fabrics, weavings, and basically with other peoples’ junk. I
started making jewelry on my own and am experimenting with making
creative cold connections. I’ve started selling my jewelry in local
boutiques and modern art museums.
I have quite a few questions I would like to ask everyone but I’m
just starting with a few. I am not in school at the moment so I
cannot ask a professor. I am also new to the bay area so I don’t have
many networking connections yet. So all the research I’ve been doing
is on my own, and im feeling a little overwhelmed. I would love hear
advice from other artists well established in their careers and even
other new designers just starting out as well.
I love the wax carving & casting methods that I’ve learned so far in
all of my classes. I know that I love working with metal, but I am
extremely interested in plastic resins and rubber. I definitely want
to explore the possibilties of working with plastic and rubber, but i
have no idea where to start. I’ve been searching on the internet but
I’m just overwhelmed at the amount of imformation there is to sort
through. I have no idea of what tools I would need to work with
plastic/rubber. But i would love to be able to cast pieces in
rubber/plastic instead of using metal.
Is this possible using the same basic techniques used in wax
carving? Are there many of you out there that work with both metal
and plastic? Any websites that I need to look into? Any suppliers I
need to know?
Thanks for your time and responses!