Using drawing techniques to add color and texture to copper in jewelry making!
Participants will use drawing techniques combined with the etching process and color application to create components for jewelry projects. Participants will create finished earrings, pendants, and brooches. Prior jewelry experience is helpful but not required.
This workshop will be held at Sprocket Makerspace on the first three Saturdays in November (Nov 3, 10, and 17) from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drawn-to-adornment-workshop-tickets-51036376175. The price is $150 total for all three sessions; buying individual session tickets is not an option since the sessions build on one another.
Instructor Terri Sauer’s Artist Statement:
“As an artist, I am influenced by structure; both architectural as well as natural structure play a part in this inspiration. I draw not only on the structure itself but more specifically how these structures exist and form connections within their environments. Recently this concept of connections has led me to explore machinery and its components; the force and movement between separate parts working together to create function (or possibly friction). My work as an artist, primarily jewelry and small vessel construction, allows me to address these complex structural issues combining esthetic concerns with the actual functionality of the piece. For me, issues such as how a piece of jewelry will be worn on the body or affix to the clothing are an integral part of the design process. Questioning whether a piece of jewelry will bring comfort to the wearer or simply act as embellishment or how a vessel will relate to the surface and space in which it will be placed are critical in my decision making process. I believe these questions are a direct example of the influence of structure in my work. How a building or structure will function in my opinion is equal to the aesthetic value of the structure.
My jewelry work is primarily constructed in sterling silver with the addition of alternative materials serving as a visual contrast to the precious metal. I began working with acrylic in 2009 as a means of adding color to my work. What began with the inclusion of acrylic as merely an embellishment has evolved into the painted and laminated acrylic seen in my current body of work becoming the central element and color palette of each piece.”
“In addition to the visual influence of structure, I am inspired by the work of several artists in my field, most notably the following: I am inspired by Eleanor Moty, for her non-traditional use of stone as an equal yet not greater than component in the overall design of a piece. Elizabeth Brim also inspires me for her representation of seemingly feminine, soft objects created in iron. Additionally, Thomas Gentile, whose use of resin and other plastics confirmed my suspicion that color could successfully be added to metal in a painterly fashion.”