This July I had the enormous privilege of being a part of a Metal Hammering and Forming workshop in Campbell River. I learned so many new techniques that my brain was overloaded for the entire 4 days. It was great! It took nearly a dozen people to make this happen for me and they all need thank yous. First of all to Wayne, who, very generously paid for me to take this Workshop. Next to my Dad who drove 45 minutes each way, twice a day, to get me there and back because I wasn't able to drive. To Nana and Papa, Sarah, my Mom, Auntie Kari and family and my Husband who took care of our son (and our dog who was injured and needed lots of care).
If I look tired and grubby in the pictures it's because I was. The sessions were 8 hours plus 1.5 hours of driving and to top it off we were camping...in a tent.
The first day we learned hammer techniques. The second day was raising and other forming techniques. The third day was focused on metal folding and the last day was a free day for us to work on projects and ask questions. Below are two of many projects I completed. The first two are of a hammered sterling silver bracelet and the last is a pair of folded copper earrings that have been oxidized to give it the colour. These are just a few of the designs that will be coming this fall so keep checking back!
I am mostly self taught and develop many of my designs through simple experimentation. Discovering a new technique or applying an old technique in a new way is very exciting for me. I often have middle of the night "brain waves" and some not so brilliant, "brilliant ideas." It is what keeps the process fresh.