Workshop | Time After Time; Skeleton Key Assemblage in Frame with Jen Cushman
Time After Time; Skeleton Key Assemblage in Frame
Instructor: Jen Cushman
Date: Saturday, October 20th, 2018
Time: 9:00 – 2:00 (30 minute lunch break. Bring your own or order from sandwich shop)
Class Fee: $78.00
An old Skeleton key can speak volumes when it comes to telling a story. An old secret door; what’s behind it? Is it locked? Where did the key come from? Learn how to use a vintage skeleton key as the starting narrative point in a mixed-media assemblage story that you will write using pieces and parts of found objects. We will take objects such as old watch parts, buttons, ribbons, charms, waxed linen thread, tiny bottles, seashells and learn how to look at them in order to create new connection points for them and re-position old attachments in order to initiate new design possibilities. We’ll strengthen our drill skills by learning how to correctly (and safely!) drill everything from hard metals to fragile found objects and also work with non-traditional jewelry materials such as resin clay, steel wire, wax, fibers, paints and patinas to alter and transform them. In the end, we will bring the story together with wire and steels as we forge and learn how to use wire-wrapping techniques to join our mixed-media components together. This is an assemblage class that utilizes some basic (and simple) jewelry construction techniques so do not feel worried one bit if you have never made jewelry before. We will finish off our project in a frame or you can add fibers to wear as a necklace. This is the perfect workshop for inspiration in using all those found objects that you have been saving!
Supplies to bring:
Favorite beads, bits or bobs, found objects (old medals, broken jewelry pieces, charms) etc. that may have personal meaning to you that you wish to incorporate into your skeleton key focal. Look for small objects that can easily be hung from a key. Don’t worry about the condition of said objects, as Jen will teach various ways to repair or salvage pieces for art making. All the small bits and pieces for this workshop should fit in a cigar box. You will want a collection of objects to choose from, but the final piece will take less objects than you expect it to. A good rule of thumb is 15-20 small objects. We will have ribbon and fibers to share, however if you have a specific color palette in mind bring a little ribbon in your favorite colors.
Jen will provide vintage skeleton key and bronze wire in various gauges and waxed linen thread.. A frame will be provided to frame your artwork. Patti will have fun vintage mixed-media found object grab bags (from her private stash!) available for purchase, if you so desire, that work perfectly with Jen’s class.