Will

Or, as Will - above - would tell you, Yes You Can Wear That!

Last weekend, I spent a brilliant two days with some young peope at the Society for Contemporary Crafts in Pittsburgh running a workshop looking at creativity, oblique ways of looking at every day objects and the creation of jewellery from those objects. The group were just fantastic: everyone got on well, they were funny, focussed, charming and polite and only towards the very end of an exceptionally hot Sunday did people start to flag a little. They made all sorts of things from materials supplied by the exceptionally helpful Erika at Creative Re-Use and used these in conjunction with their newly-learned jewellery skills to make some truly exceptional pieces of jewellery.

 

"You Can't Wear That!"

 

Clockwise from front left, Jared, Eliza, Will, Najada and Zoe, exploring ideas using paper.

 

Bracelets

 

Various bracelets. The especially "Pittsburgh" one was by Najada with help from my superb studio assistant, Robert Mullen.

 

Rings - 1

 

Some highly sophisticated rings, including a hot-forged dome ring (middle, front) by Zoe, a two-finger ring by Eliza (right), an interactive ring by Jared (with tines) and a ring with a captive, mobile marble, by Najada.

 

Pendants - 1

 

Everyone loves Will's robot and Zoe's black and white pendant on HANDMADE, graduated chain.

 

Pendants - 3

 

Two pendants by Jared (left and right) and Eliza's wholly-soldered industrial pendant. 

Jared's pendants are both interactive, the one on the left can be unscrewed and has a working brass control lever on it; the one on the right moves and makes a clicking noise when it is moved.

The final piece that they made - there were some others, not photographed for above - was a piece which has had me and the staff at SCC discussing it for days. Najada made a pendant which is not only elegant, but is also political and philosophical; it calls into question ideas about viewer-wearer; it challenges perceptions of "self"; it's site on the body is challenging both to her as a teenage girl but also to those who would interact with the piece. Here it is:

 

Eye Pendant - 2

 

The hinge at the bottom flips down to open the tube:

 

Eye Pendant - 3

 

When the viewer looks into the tube, the only thing that can be seen is the viewer's own eye-pupil:

 

Eye Pendant - 4

This was a deliberate design element on her part. You can get the idea by the fact that in the above photograph, you can see the camera sensor which took the image!

I'm going to leave that there. The more you think about the piece, the more you will realise how remarkable it is!

 


 

Bruster's With Brigitte And Family

 

Had dinner with Brigitte and her family last night, which was great fun, though getting the back of my head licked by a St Bernard, no matter how loveable, is not quite what I expected. The quiche was delicious and no doubt she will be posting the photograph of me chopping onions somewhere soon! Afterwards we went to Bruster's for excellent ice-cream. Couldn't be better!

Views: 91

Tags: SCC, can't, contemporary, craft, creative, jewellery, jewelry, justified sinner, pittsburgh, re-use, More…reuse, society, that, wear, workshop, you

Comment

You need to be a member of crafthaus to add comments!

Join crafthaus

Comment by The Justified Sinner on July 12, 2012 at 5:07pm

Just as well I hadn't spotted that Nutella or my fingers might have been in it! I love the stuff as much as Bailey liked my right shoe.

Comment by Brigitte Martin on July 12, 2012 at 10:13am

As Dauvit prognosticated I would: Here is is, standing in my kitchen, cutting onions for the quiche we had for dinner that night. (Let's put those Brits to work, shall we?) The pooch licking his shoes is Bailey, one of my hellhounds. Notice the glass of Nutella right in front of Dauvit. No self-respecting European household goes without it. Ever.

Comment by Brigitte Martin on July 12, 2012 at 10:05am

:-) They don't call them gentle GIANTS for nothing.

Hey, how is this week's class going??

Comment by The Justified Sinner on July 12, 2012 at 9:16am

I am certainly not tall enough - or strong enough - for those two! They are lovely animals, though, both of them. I am normally most ambivalent about dogs.

Comment by Brigitte Martin on July 11, 2012 at 9:01pm
Having the back of your head licked by a St. Bernard is considered to be a sign of good fortitude coming your way. It also makes you realize that you are probably not tall enough despite what the measuring tape says.

Latest Activity

Glen Guarino left a comment for Michael Brown
"Michael, we want to invite you to send images of your outdoor furniture, your Comfy-rondack is perfect for this show. The show will be online here at…"
12 hours ago
Glen Guarino left a comment for Geryn Roche
"Please send images of your hanging planters for our call for an online show here at Crafthaus. A Midsummer Day's Ream http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/crafthausexhibition/forum/topics/a-midsummer-day-s-dream Please share with other artists"
12 hours ago
Glen Guarino left a comment for Lauren McAdams Selden
"Lauren, we want to invite you to send in your sculptures for our online Crafthaus show. http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/crafthausexhibition/forum/topics/a-midsummer-day-s-dream Please share with other artists & your students at the university."
12 hours ago
Glen Guarino left a comment for Greg Gehner
"Greg, consider sending Eam bench, Connect chair, EAM Bike Rack for our online show here at Crafthaus. http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/crafthausexhibition/forum/topics/a-midsummer-day-s-dream"
12 hours ago
Glen Guarino left a comment for Yael Shomroni
"Yael, please send images of birdhouses for our Crafthaus call, A Midsummer Day's Dream. http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/crafthausexhibition/forum/topics/a-midsummer-day-s-dream "
13 hours ago
Glen Guarino left a comment for JOE R APODACA
"We want to invite you to send images of your birdbath for our online show here at Crafthaus, "A Midsummer Day's Dream". http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/crafthausexhibition/forum/topics/a-midsummer-day-s-dream"
13 hours ago
Glen Guarino left a comment for Becky Keck
"Please look at our call for our next online Crafthaus show, A Midsummer Day's Dream. We hope you will consider emailing a submission http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/crafthausexhibition/forum/topics/a-midsummer-day-s-dream"
13 hours ago
Glen Guarino left a comment for Christopher Poehlmann
"Hi Chris, Please look at our call for our next online Crafthaus show, A Midsummer Day's Dream & share with other artists. http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/crafthausexhibition/forum/topics/a-midsummer-day-s-dream "
13 hours ago
Glen Guarino left a comment for lauren eve skelly
"Please look at our call for our next online Crafthaus show, A Midsummer Day's Dream. http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/crafthausexhibition/forum/topics/a-midsummer-day-s-dream"
13 hours ago
Glen Guarino liked Debra Gavant's photo
15 hours ago
Glen Guarino left a comment for Kathleen Bostick
"We want to invite you to send images of your chair & sculptures for our online Crafthaus show, A Midsummer Day's Dream.  http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/crafthausexhibition/forum/topics/a-midsummer-day-s-dream Please share with other…"
15 hours ago
Glen Guarino liked Kathleen Bostick's photo
15 hours ago
Glen Guarino left a comment for Lenore Lampi
"Lenore, thank you for your submission to our call"
15 hours ago
Glen Guarino liked Amber O'Harrow's photo
15 hours ago
Glen Guarino left a comment for Sue Clark
"Please look at our call for our next online Crafthaus show, A Midsummer Day's Dream, consider submitting mobiles...sculptures. http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/crafthausexhibition/forum/topics/a-midsummer-day-s-dream Please share with other…"
15 hours ago
Glen Guarino left a comment for Jennifer Hermann
"Please look at our call for our next online Crafthaus show, A Midsummer Day's Dream & consider submitting your luminaries http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/crafthausexhibition/forum/topics/a-midsummer-day-s-dream"
15 hours ago
Glen Guarino left a comment for Dandee Pattee
"Please look at our call for our next online Crafthaus show, A Midsummer Day's Dream. http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/crafthausexhibition/forum/topics/a-midsummer-day-s-dream Feel free to share with other artists.  "
15 hours ago
Glen Guarino left a comment for Stacey Lee Webber
"We would like to invite you to be in our next online Crafthaus show, A Midsummer Day's Dream. Several pieces will work for this show, your flag, outdoor…"
15 hours ago
Glen Guarino left a comment for Kelly M Nye
"Please look at our call for our next online Crafthaus show, A Midsummer Day's Dream. http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/crafthausexhibition/forum/topics/a-midsummer-day-s-dream Feel free to share with other artists"
16 hours ago
Glen Guarino left a comment for James McKenna
"Please look at our call for our next online Crafthaus show, A Midsummer Day's Dream. http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/crafthausexhibition/forum/topics/a-midsummer-day-s-dream Feel free to share with other artists"
16 hours ago

© 2014   Created by Brigitte Martin.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service