Announcing… Hey, people, I’m coming over in May next year! I’m
thrilled, I am.
While this internet connection has allowed us all from various
parts of the planet to natter on about stuff as if we were in
the next village (and for some of you in large countries you can
get to meet up quite often), in fact I’m miles and miles away. So
for me to be getting out and about and over to USA is a big deal.
I’m doing a spectacle-making workshop at Alan Revere’s, plus a
weekend one there on shop-alloying I call Metalchemy. What else
can I do while I’m there? I wondered. So after a few emails,
‘negotiations are under way’. I’m over the moon!
Meanwhile, a request. If any of you run late spring/early summer
workshops (early May to early June) and are interested in fitting
me into a jewellery or metal-arts program, please let me know. As
I’m already doing eyewear at Alan Revere’s, I won’t want to be
doing that anywhere else on the US West Coast. But I do other
Brief descriptions follow:
‘Making a Spectacle’, 40 hrs. Despite the fact that it is
literally right in front of our face, most of us overlook the
opportunity for artistic expression through the creation of
‘Face Furniture’, 16hrs We’ll use kitset sheet metal frames and
existing specs as foundation for ideas, and create a
’sight-specific’ wearable artwork that conveys more ‘message per
inch’ than a pin!
‘Metalchemy’ The Diverse Art of Metallurgy, Starts with theory
and leads to very practical alloying. Satsuo Ando method of
pouring ingots Tree rings - a one-piece metal ring from a tree
‘Street Jewellery’ - Impromptu 1-hour jewellery sessions for
straight-off-the-street beginners. Guaranteed fun.
Casting - Ideas to Objects. What’s a good casting . . . and how
can I get one? We cover casting types from free and spontaneous
to careful and laborious. Practical assignments: Repeat
CONTEMPORARY JEWELLERY IN NEW ZEALAND A slide lecture with
examples. What’s the jewellery scene in New Zealand? What would
it take to exhibit in New Zealand?
I don’t think I can export my latest workshop 'Bush Jewellery’
as it requires the context of the New Zealand bush - a local
term for the wild ferny forest wop-wops, ‘going bush’ means
quitting normal civilised city-life. Maybe there’s another term
other than ‘bush’ that’s more universal; to mean simple,
back-to-basics, spontaneous, rule-breaking fun. Is there?