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Weaving with Metal:
New Perspectives on Sheet and Wire
Instructor: Barbara Berk
March 25 - 28
10 am - 4pm
Although traditionally worked with fiber, textile techniques may also be applied to metal. Working in precious and base metals, the techniques can be used to create jewelry, sculpture, functional objects and wall hangings. Barbara Berk begins by " making “fabric”, weaving high karat gold and platinum sheet and wire by hand, off loom, one piece at a time. I then coax the flat “fabric” into a 3-dimensional, sculptural form. Precious metal ribbons, ruffles, spirals and loops – accompanied by pearls and gemstones – become necklaces and pendants, earrings and brooches."
This is a unique opportunity to spend 4 fabulous days with Barbara! Through demonstrations, slides, discussions and hands-on examination, this introductory workshop will present a variety of weaving and basketry techniques. Using copper, brass, and aluminum sheet and wire, students will execute samples of flat and textured weaves, rectangular and non-rectangular weaves, and flat and 3-dimensional forms. Students will explore color, pattern and scale, and experiment with forming, deforming and manipulating the woven metal. Students may choose to expand their library of samples and/or create finished piece(s). No bench skills are required and all levels of metal and/or fiber experience are welcome.
Course #113258 $435. (+materials kit)
Barbara Berk’s work is represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Museum of the Gemological Institute of America. Her jewels are exhibited in museums and shows across the US including New West Coast Design: Jewelry + Metalwork (Velvet daVinci Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2008), Wearable Expressions 2005 – 2006 (Palos Verdes Art Center, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA); The Art of Gold, a traveling exhibit of contemporary American studio goldsmithing organized by the Society of North American Goldsmiths (2003 – 2006); Art Blooms Jewelry Fair 2005, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD; the Jewelry Arts Salon at the International Art and Design Fair (New York, NY 2004); and Best of the Best at the Museum of the Gemological Institute of America (Carlsbad, CA 2003). In addition, her work has been exhibited at various SOFA (Sculpture Objects Functional Art) Expositions and American Craft Council shows.
Her jewels have been featured in many publications, including Textile Techniques in Metal for Jewelers, Textile Artists and Sculptors by Arline Fisch, Jewelry and Gems, the Buying Guide by Antoinette Matlins, Art Jewelry Today 2 by Jeffrey B. Snyder, in addition to many magazines including Ornament, Metalsmith, American Style, Jewelry Artist (formerly Lapidary Journal), Gems and Gemology (published by the Gemological Institute of America), plus numerous trade publications, including JCK and National Jeweler. Berk is the author of “Textile Techniques in Metal: A Designer’s Perspective on Sheet and Wire” Parts I and II, presented at the Santa Fe Symposium on Jewelry Manufacturing (2004 and 2006, respectively) and published in the Symposiums’ Proceedings. She wrote “A Platinum Tapestry: Weaving all the Elements Together”, presented at the Women in Platinum Symposium (1999) and published in Platinum Manufacturing Process Volume VIII, Platinum Guild International USA (2000). Website> www.barbaraberkdesigns.com
To register call: 425-870-7850