Glueing the yardstick on the bottom edge of Pick Up Your Pencils, Begin by Harriete Estel Berman

Glueing the yardstick on the bottom edge of Pick Up Your Pencils, Begin by Harriete Estel Berman

This series of image shows the final assembly of the bottom edge for the blue & green pencil stanine.
This is one segment of nine total segments.
The whole sculpture is 27 feet wide and 12 feet in height. It hangs from the ceiling.
I am using yardsticks to give the pencil sculpture a firm, straight flat bottom edge.

This is a metaphor for measuring the students and the fact that students used to be hit by yardstick and rulers to conform to expectations.

Here the Elmer's glue is applied to one yardstick. You can see the fine monofilament used as the warp (lengthwise threads) to construct the entire bell curve.

Final assembly of the bottom glueing the yardstick by Harriete Estel Berman

The next image shows the blue yardstick just placed on the glue. I am using my metalworking stakes (which are very heavy) to hold everything in place until the glue dries.

Final assembly using my metal work stakes to hold down the yardstick by Harriete Estel Berman

After the rulers are glued together ( in the image below) you can see the addition of very small washers that I made with recycled milk bottles and small crimp beads so that the fishing line can not pull up through the bottom.

You can can see more images about this sculpture/weaving/curtain on my web site including animated images of the assembly.
http://www.harriete-estel-berman.info/sculpt/pencilPage.html or an abridged version on Crafthaus album.http://crafthaus.ning.com/photo/albums/pick-up-your-pencils-begin

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A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

Arriving at this message is the goal of this traveling exhibition opening at the SNAG conference in Boston 2015, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA - Aug 19 - Sept 20, 2015, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX - Oct 16 - Nov 15, 2015, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD - Dec 11, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2016.

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