Class No 813 – fee $420 + $50 Materials fee
JEWELLERY IN CONVERSATION WITH NATURE
Tutor: VAUNE MASON
The Wanaka Autumn has some of the most delightful visual treats that nature provides. The wonderful colourings of the leaves, the largeness and contrast of the landscape, the fascinating schist rocks; these are all excellent fodder for our inspiration pantry! This week-long course will encourage you to explore ideas around design, material and colour, drawing and experimenting with objects found around the local area, or perhaps, some favourites from home. We can use those materials in your jewellery, or simply take elements – colour, structure or meaning – and use those when creating your piece.
In the first few days we will spend some time on some light, easy wanders in our surroundings to collect materials and ideas (weather permitting), followed by some fun creative design sessions back in the studio. We’ll enjoy our materials, explore ideas, and work through how we might construct our ideas as jewellery. Beginner students will be introduced to simple jewellery making processes, and the class will be introduced to some special techniques as well as those that are relevant to the found materials, such as cold joining with rivets and wire, pinning and using epoxy to secure materials properly.
We’ll then spend the rest of the week creating your pieces, and working through solving the design puzzles that are part of working with found / natural materials. Special Techniques we will look at using include: Using diamond burrs / drills to work with stone / beach glass; torch fired enamels (for those with some experience from last year’s course); reticulation using silver; simple keum boo using 22ct gold foil and silver; riveting using silver / copper / tube; wire working for wrapping, binding and for hooks and clasps; working with epoxy glue / resin; fabric and metal and paint.
Vaune is a Wellington based jeweller and object maker. Her work is eclectic and embraces a love of process, texture and colour. As a maker, she is well known for her sense of fantasy and dreamlike imagery, as well as her consideration for the wearer, often including a secret image on the back or the insides of pieces. She has been teaching jewellery making for ten years at her workshop: Workspace Studios Ltd, as well as short courses at Whitireia NZ, and The Learning Connexion. Vaune exhibits her work at Galleries and Boutiques around the country, and at her in-studio shop: The Makers.