Does this look like a museum ?

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We had the opportunity to contribute in a spectacular event hosted by the Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina at Palazzo Strozzi, and curated by Riccardo Lami, who is as well our precious teacher of History of Contemporary Art.

Students of the third year and the first year of masters, had the chance to collaborate in almost every detail of this ‘happening’, by building up the space, performing, dancing, and spreading their energy around, guided by the Artist Collective from New York CHERYL.

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CHERYL introducing their work

The Cheryl Collective works in ironical and provocative ways, criticizing society, art and contemporary culture.

The concept of this one night event was to completely undermine the idea of museum, and instead of admiring silently and with awe distant works of art have real things HAPPENING.

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A lot of work to be done, only three days to prepare everything and to get ready to perform.

DJ "LIFE"

DJ CHERYL

Creating a whole set for the DJ was something that we loved making.

Cameraman Segev

Cameraman Segev

In other terms it was all about collaborating and interacting, everything is accessible to everyone, nothing  no distance to anything, destroying the classical idea of what is art in a museum and be……….

fun

fun

some fun times were a necessity after the hard work

ready to hit the floor

ready to hit the floor

Rehearsing for the dance everywhere, the whole entire day, making sure not to make any mistake.

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waiting for the doors to open

The experience was really interesting and very satisfying, especially after seeing the reactions of more or less 2000 visitors in just one night.

someone actually tried to eat the 4 days old pizza that was exhibited

someone actually tried to eat the 4 days old pizza that was exhibited

People actually felt free, they were expressing there emotions, ideas all over the place. trying any sort of material that they finding in the space, even writing slogans on the walls with the CHERYL’s special mix of fake blood, although it was not part of the plan.

people feeling free to write on the walls

people feeling free to write on the walls

The costumes disappeared, people were really creative in making a new look.

selfie station

selfie station

New or maybe not so new questions raised in our minds, the definition of what is Contemporary Art, and what are its boundaries, were the main ones that we wanted to ask others and ourselves.

Is there one answer?

Alchimia students

Alchimia students

 

 

 

 

Course in textile techniques in metal
Date: from Friday 30.January to Sunday 1.February

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It is amazing how many things can be made with just a hook and a thread.

Daina Taimina, hyperbolic planes

Daina Taimina, hyperbolic planes

Daina Taimina is a mathematician and she uses the art of crochet to create a strong, durable model of hyperbolic planes.

In the weekend course at Alchimia we will use crochet to create beautiful, light, and stunning jewelry.

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doris maninger, necklace, detail, iron and silver

The course will start on Friday 30.January and will end on Sunday 1.February. 15 hours of experimenting with a hook and all types of different metal thread.
The course will be taught by Doris Maninger, director of Alchimia who has been working with textile for more than 30 years.

Doris Maninger with her loom, about 20 years ago

Doris Maninger with her loom, about 20 years ago

“The amazing thing about working with thread is on the one hand that you need almost no tools (proved wrong when we look at the picture above) and that the work is in a way never ending.”
It can be continuously changed, it is an endless work in progress.

Doris Maninger, necklace, Ephemeral falling

Doris Maninger, necklace, Ephemeral falling, electroformed silver, iron wire

In the course we will learn the basic stitches of crochet with different metal wires: from iron to copper, silver and also brass
working with metal is very different from yarn, on the one hand it is easier, you cannot lose loops on the other hand it is much harder being metal not as soft as yarn.

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Doris Maninger, exercise brooch, copper

We will also work on finishings and inserts of other materials and I will try to make everybody understand the enormous variety of application this technique offers.

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Doris Maninger, necklace detail, iron, silver

 

“It is a work which not everybody might like doing”, Maninger says, “it needs a lot of patience and focus, but if you start it and like it then it will open up worlds for you.”

Arline Fish, creatures of the Deep, coated copper wire, crochet

Arline Fish, creatures of the Deep, coated copper wire, crochet

Doris Maninger has been working with textile since the 1970ies, sawing, weaving embroidery in yarns and later on also in metal.
“Metal wire is very specific it needs different treatments and working methods than textile threads. Almost every textile technique can be carried out in metal wire but one must know the tricks to do it well. There are lots of books about the subject and the best one is surely “Textile Techniques in Metal” by Arline Fish. When I started to work in metal, I bought the book and tried by myself. I succeeded quite well, but the work did not have the quality I was striving for. It was not unless I started doing workshops with Arline Fish, (she was a wonderful teacher) that I really understood metal wire and how to approach it.”

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Doris Maninger, detail of necklace, different stitches in hollow forms iron, silver

 

Works in metal wire are very seductive, with wonderful movement in chains and necklaces, there is something mysterious and luscious in their substance.

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object in iron with different inserts, work in progress

My preferred material is iron, its color and its strength give me the possibilities to make also big sculptural objects, but I work also a lot with silver.

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Doris Maninger, ephemeral series, electroformed silver, iron wire

 

“I think this course will bring benefit also to those who already work with metal wire because my vast experience and my love and passion for this craft can give a lot of new inputs and outlooks”

Doris Maninger

 

Doris

Doris Maninger, exercise necklace, copper, fine silver, iron

 

 

 

 

 

Second MFA Meeting

It was exciting to see each other again, and to learn about the work and the experiences of each of us.

Federica Sala explaining her work

Federica Sala explaining her work

 

We had long talks, full of questions and answers, and we had to present it all in 5 min to our tutors on the second day.

 

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meeting with Jorge Manilla and Nedda El-Asmar

 

Super generous exchange, hours of talking, sharing, questioning, triggering..

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technical detail

 

Advisors or Tutors?

“I am collaborating with you, I am not here to give you advice, but to work together as professionals finding the best solutions to your projects” says Jorge Manilla to his group of students.

We became became more and more comfortable with our new professional colleagues.

making and elaborating

making and elaborating

 

Moving to a workshop of 3 days with Lucy Sarneel, “Objects have social life

Here you go girls, collect things that you keep around you, it could be anything, from a piece of paper to a tree in a pot, so you can bring it to school with you.

 

Daria's collection of objects

Daria’s collection of objects

 

Think about what you have collected, select some of them, make the connection, find the meaning, then make it bigger.

 

Lavinia Rossetti, obsession with dots

Lavinia Rossetti, obsession with dots

 

it is time to contextualize the pieces, and the results were unexpected

 

Gulia Savino and the brush

Gulia Savino and the brush

 

Federica Sala, botanical garden

Federica Sala, botanical garden

 

Maria Ignacia Walker protecting her dreams

Maria Ignacia Walker protecting her dreams

 

What an intense conceptual week, it is time to change to some technical exercises and new challenges with Andronikos Sagiannos.

 

Cut and Solder

Cut and Solder

 

Cut and solder, then cut and solder, then again cut and solder. Make sure not to see the soldering from the other part

 

cutting and soldering different metals together

cutting and soldering different metals together

 

Meanwhile we never fail to celebrate! Cake, Procecco, and a good laugh celebratiing Lucia Massei’s birthday !! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!

 

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Auguriiiiii

 

And now it is time to make your own soldering, it has to follow the color of the metal alloy that you want to use, oh and of course the melting temperature is the most important. Glasses on everybody !

 

Andronikos Sagiannos ready to make the fusion

Andronikos Sagiannos ready to make the fusion

 

It is working?, not working? , nice color, palladium, silver, zinc, gold, copper …… experimenting, experimenting, again and again. it is time for a glass of wine !

 

Happy holidays

Happy holidays

We will see each other again in February, until then work, work, work…….

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to our students and former students that have been accepted in Talente and Schmuck for this year!!!

Great year 2015 to come !

Pride, Happiness, excitements, confidence, were reining on

Carla Movia, Amani Bou Dargham, Koen Jacobs and Yuki Sumiya
when receiving the news

Let us introduce you to their works.

 

Yuki Sumiya (selected for Schmuck) with her “GARDEN ” series

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Experimenting with the ideal relationship between man and nature.

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“I see this, in the synthesis of the natural and man-made in a beautiful garden,
where the gardeners have thinned out the cedar trees,
erected fences incorporating the original trees,
and also sown lawns interspersed with concrete surfaces,
the perfect balance that can be achieved between nature and human intervention moves me.
I want to ask, “How can we, man and nature, co-exist?””

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Carla Movia (selected for Schmuck) with her series “APERTO”

In process of transformation.

 

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“The commemoration of a secret that only through a rite can be revealed.
Lighting up a candle in order to discover the unknown,
celebrating the wait more than the final result.
Then, it’s only through the act of wearing that the jewel gains its complete freedom.”

 

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Koen Jacobs (selected for Talente) with his series “DESTROYED BEAUTY”

Exploring the relationship between two worlds the upper and underworld.
“For me these worlds are not necessarily black and white, good and bad or life and death.
It can also be the reverse, with the upper world being hell and the underworld heaven.”
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“In many mythologies the tree is seen as the symbolic connection between the two worlds.
It takes CO2 from the air and gives oxygen back to the earth so we can breath.
Cutting down a tree will stop this system. It will fall down, break in parts and give way for new life.
For this reason, I used the tree as symbol for the never-ending circle of life and death, of creation and destruction.”
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“During the creative process I was experimenting how to express this relationship through two materials,
ebony wood and resin and how to let them become one. I found the answer in the circle of creation and destruction”
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Amani Bou Dargham (selected for Talente) with her sires “WHAT REMAINS?”
“what remains?” is a reflection about the self we create and we communicate to others.

 

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“We face the deepest emotions that are hidden away,
they slip through our hands and through our head.
They present themselves as a truth.
A truth that the eyes did not want to see nor the mind to think of.
A truth that reveals all the hidden remains and presents them as a reminder of your essence.
You are a carrier.
You are the carried.
You construct the link in between.”

 
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The steel hooks that are forged around my body are the carrier of an ‘ephemeral’ object.
They are shaped around it and exist only because of it.
However the hooks are ever lasting while the source disappears.
One will remain with an empty steel rod to carry as a reminder of what was inside it.

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Congratulations to everyone and we will meet you in Munich in March !!!

 

 

Pictures to thank you all for being part of it

 

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the beginning January 2014

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the first very wintery window by Carla Movia
and the panic room by Lillian Mattuschka – thinking about it now a slightly ambiguous start

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getting brighter the great exhibition of Peter Bauhuis in Munich

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lots of trials and experiments

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working, working, working

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some bad weather, but not much at the end, it was a short winter

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Alchimia alumna Gabi Veit in Schmuck 2014 and  Maria Sais in Talente 2014,

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weather getting better spring is coming

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new installations by Francesco Coda and Sana Khalil

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still in a quite wintery mood one must say

in April visit to Cairo to see the school, Alchimia helped into existence,
the Azza Fahmy Design Studio

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and again experimenting and working working working, but then in May lots of great events
first of all:

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Valencia again what a pleasure, this year with Alchemic gardens

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then participation at exhibition curated by Izabella Petrut

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Izabella Petrut - blood on the ground neckpiece

Izabella Petrut – blood on the ground
neckpiece

and Dinah Lee at Basilica Gallery

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June: great  and busy month for Alchimia

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the busiest month in the year

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exams

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exhibition preparation

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the great day

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Lilian Mattuschka and Carla Movia selected for the Marzee Graduation show in Holland

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Lilian Mattuschka: winner of the Alchimia award 2014

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Diana Pantea and Shenaz Erdal winners of the Alchimia First Year award and the Metalfin award

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The Alchimia Summer Workshops

Filigree with Susanne Matschè

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and Prof. Kimiake Kageyama for the second time in Florence with his workshop on colouring Japanese alloys

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then finally VACATION

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The new beginning in September with our brand new Master Program this year with Tutors
Nedda el Asmar and Jorge Manilla

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Nedda el Asmar

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Jorge Manilla

 

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and all the other teachers of course

Peter Bauhuis

Peter Bauhuis

Paolo Bernardoni

Paolo Bernardoni

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Lucia Massei

Ruudt Peters

Ruudt Peters

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Giovanni Martinelli

 

 

Doris Maninger

Doris Maninger

 

Riccardo Lami

Riccardo Lami

Orsetta Andreotti

Orsetta Andreotti

 

Daniela Boieri, Lavinia Rossetti

Daniela Boieri, Lavinia Rossetti

 

 

Marzia Rossi

Marzia Rossi

and then of course not to forget the ‘spine’ of Alchimia

Manola Belardinelli

Manola Belardinelli

 

Francesca Ruffa

Francesca Ruffa

in October

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Loot in New York with Master student Federica Sala

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Federica Sala

 

Ceramic workshop with Luca Tripaldi

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in November:  Sieerad Amsterdam, two really important workshops and great news

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our stand Touch in Sieraad Amsterdam was a great success

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Patrick Davison’s Mixed Metals workshop was fantastic too

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and then of course as every year Broaching workshop with Daniela Malev

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and the good News

Carla Movia will be in Schmuck 2015!!!!!

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Carla Movia

Carla Movia

Amani Boudargham in Talente 2015

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Koen Jacobs in Talente 2015

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then again work work work

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Marrissa Ryan and Lilian Mattuschka preparing their fall installations

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the second year working very hard on their first windows

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and on shadows

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also the third year is in full action, just 1 example could not show them all:
Seghev Ben Josef

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and not to forget the first year of the Master:

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Lumi and her onions

 

lots of black and white right now but colour will come with the New Year

at the end a fabulous Christmas Party: titled Wigs

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Just one very sad thing happened, we had to say goodbye to

Chica

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We wish you all:

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January 2015

Pigments on Metal: Experimentation in Mixed Media
Teacher: Lucia Massei
Date: 9-10-11 January
cost: 400€ + VAT Tax

Introduction to colours/pigments and demonstration of various colouring techniques on metal:
hot acrylics, pigments and their application, resins, (mixed media), chemical thinners and adhesives. rolling mill stamping, flame gilding.
Realization of one or more coloured jewels using silver/copper/brass
Gold leaf , silver leaf, pigments, acrylics and non-precious metals
are supplied by the school.
Each student should bring his own personal tools.

 

Acrylic Glass: Methods for Application in Jewellery
Teacher: Marzia Rossi
Date: 23-24-25 January
Cost: 350€ + VAT Tax

Introduction to the techniques of working with acrilyc glass:
sawing, mat polishing, shiny polishing, 
bending with heat, application of colour, joining with glue.
Realization of one or more jewels combining metal and acrilyc. 
This course is both for beginners 
and those who  have experience in jewelry making.

Tools and non-precious materials as well as handouts on the course are supplied by the school


Textile Techniques in Metal: Magic Wires for Jewellery
teacher: Doris Maninger
Date: 30January to 1st February
Cost: 350€+ VAT Tax

How to create jewellery with metal wire, an amazing world of possibilities.
From the creation of 3D forms with interlaced wire, to the wonders that can be done with just a crochet hook
Doris Maninger will guide into the world of never ending wire.

Tools and non-precious materials as well as handouts on the course are supplied by the school

March 2015

Creating Jewellery in Resin: Free Experimentation with Cast Epoxy Resin
Teacher: Yoko Shimizu
Date:13-14-15 March 2015
Cost: 350€ + VAT Tax

In this course students will learn to work with epoxy resin and will be able to experience the multiple possibilities of this material. The focus of the course will be on the use of resin in combination with metal, the casting (silicon molds), the incorporation of diverse materials (paper, wood, colour, sand..) during the polimerization process,
the possibilities of surface effects and finishings

Tools and non-precious materials as well as handouts on the course are supplied by the school

Pigments on Metal: Experimentation in Mixed Media
Teacher: Lucia Massei
Date: 20-21-22 March
cost: 400€ + VAT Tax

Introduction to colours/pigments and demonstration of various colouring techniques on metal:
hot acrylics, pigments and their application, resins, (mixed media), chemical thinners and adhesives. rolling mill stamping, flame gilding.
Realization of one or more coloured jewels using silver/copper/brass
Gold leaf , silver leaf, pigments, acrylics and non-precious metals
are supplied by the school.
Each student should bring his own personal tools.

 

Acrylic Glass: Methods for Application in Jewellery
Teacher: Marzia Rossi
Date: 27-28-29 March
Cost: 350€ + VAT Tax

Introduction to the techniques of working with acrilyc glass:
sawing, mat polishing, shiny polishing, 
bending with heat, application of colour, joining with glue.
Realization of one or more jewels combining metal and acrilyc. 
This course is both for beginners 
and those who  have experience in jewelry making.

Tools and non-precious materials as well as handouts on the course are supplied by the school

April 2015

Laces are not only for little girls: antique embroidery techniques for jewellery
Teacher: Doris Maninger
Date: 17-18-19 April
Cost: 350€ + VAT Tax

In this workshop taught by a sawing fanatic, students will learn to handle needle and thread, will experience the suspension of time stimulated by the repetition of a simple act and will give over thinking to their hands.
Needle and yarn, as old as mankind, antique embroidery techniques to make absolutely unique jewellery.

 

May 2015

Nunome Zogane: Antique Japanese Inlay Technique
Teacher: Elisa Deval
Date: 8-9-10 May
Cost: 400€+ VAT Tax

Creation of the base texture on metal using Mekiri-Tagane
Execution of a silver (or gold) inlay on the metal sheet based on ones individual design.
Polishing of the metal sheet with sand paper and stone.
Introduction to the use of the Rokusho coloring technique.

Tools and non-precious materials as well as handouts on the course are supplied by the school


Acrylic Glass: Methods for Application in Jewellery
Teacher: Marzia Rossi
Date: 22-23-24 May
Cost: 350€ + VAT Tax

Introduction to the techniques of working with acrilyc glass:
sawing, mat polishing, shiny polishing, 
bending with heat, application of colour, joining with glue.
Realization of one or more jewels combining metal and acrilyc. 
This course is both for beginners 
and those who  have experience in jewelry making.

Tools and non-precious materials as well as handouts on the course are supplied by the school

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

with Patrick Davison

A workshop introducing mixed metal work, focusing on the use of wire with introductions to sheet and tubing.
November 2014 for the third year BFA.

Patrick Davison, borrowed Box, mixed metal

Patrick Davison, borrowed Box, mixed metal

Wire  –  Wire  making  is  at  the  core  of  any  jewellers  practice,  and  its  use  in  mixed metal  work  is  endless.
We  will  use  two  types  of  soldering  and  I  will  use  the  terms
outside  and  inside  soldering.
Outside  soldering  is  applying  the  solder  after  the wire  has  been  formed,  and  inside  soldering  is  working  the  solder  with  the  wire,
during  the  forming  process.  Both  are  valuable  depending  on  the  work  required.

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Most of the work we did was using wire, twisting different metals and different alloys together or weaving them like a fabric into sheets.
We then used Solder to bind these together, this is where I used the term inside and outside soldering.
Outside where the solder is applied after the wires were twisted, and inside is where the solder has been drawn into wire and woven into the fabric like the other wires.
We looked at both techniques an the pro and con of each method. (I made these terms up, they are not technical terminology! )

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Solder  –  Making  solder  is  very  useful  for  the  metal  worker,  it  can  save  time  and money  but  can  also  be  an  interesting  journey  into  understanding  alloys.  Further experimentation  can  lead  to  finding  solders  suitable  for  certain  tasks  and  a richer  understanding  of  the  soldering  process.

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Sheet  and  tubing
Sheet  and  tubing  can  be  used  in  mixed  metal  work  in many  ways.  It  is  useful  to  be  able  to  make  tube  accurately  as  this  can  be  used with  the  sheet  both  made  with  wire,  and  perhaps  mixed  metal  sheet  work  to further  develop  the  working  process.  Where  this  is  concerned  there  is  no substitute  for  experimentation.

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Combining  techniques
This  demonstrates  the  endless  variations  and opportunities  that  working  with  mixed  metals  can  provide.  By  making  a  material using  one  method,  then  combining  it  with  another,  or  repeating  a  process  over and  over,  can  open  up  new  avenues  to  explore.  It  can  also  refine  the  final  result of  the  piece,  but  perhaps  can  also  complicate  it  unnecessarily,  diluting  the  final result.  This  is  down  to  the  individual  to  judge  and  explore.

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Experimentation  not  only  finds  new  outcomes  for  the  process  but  also  refines the  understanding  of the  making  procedure  leading  to  predicted  and  controlled results.

In conclusion some examples of the extraordinary work of Patrick Davison.

Patrick Davison, jar, mixed metal

Patrick Davison, jar, mixed metal

 

Patrick Davison, Jar, mixed metal

Patrick Davison, Jar, mixed metal

 

Patrick Davison, Jar lid, mixed metal

Patrick Davison, Jar with lid, mixed metal

 

Patrick davison, dish, mixed metal

Patrick Davison, dish, mixed metal