2013 has been busy and exciting. I haven't been posting here often, I know. There hasn't been much time for the studio and that's usually what I post about. But I'll be at Columbus Winterfair again this year (yay!) Dec 6-8 and need to get ready. And I MISS the studio. Don't wait until the last minute... don't wait until the last minute... don't wait
More about that show later...
What really got me out here, though, is Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition news -- it's so exciting how the event has taken off in just over a year.
... and then please scroll down and see what I've been up to lately. <grn>
News: The 2013 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition
I have some great publicity to share. The center spread of November's Art Jewelry magazine is dedicated to the 2013 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition results! You'll see the winning entries (1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, and our two Honorable Mentions) featured beautifully across the pages. Pick them up from newsstands a week from today!
Accompanying the magazine is a wonderful online gallery that includes not only the winning pieces, but all the Jurors' Choice selections too. Readers can click each entry to view the full image with description, and views are tallied right on the page.
Many of the featured artists are members of the foldforming group that I admin on Facebook. If you are a metalsmith interested in foldforming, please join us there! (Note: read the "about" page before signing up. If your Facebook page doesn't show your metal work, you'll need to contact me.)
Pretty sure my next post will be something from the studio. Check back next week and leave me a scolding message if that doesn't happen!!
The video is out! Details (from the YouTube description) below.
Winners of the 2013 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition were announced on Aug 5, 2013 by the Center for Metal Arts in Florida, New York at www.centerformetalarts.com. This video celebrates the winning entries and also twenty Jurors' Choice pieces selected from among entries received from artists around the world.
Jurors: Charles Lewton-Brain, Hazel Wheaton, and Rhoda Weber Mack. Sponsors: Rio Grande, Art Jewelry magazine, and The Ganoksin Project. Host: Center for Metal Arts, Florida, New York. Competition Director: Sue Lacy.
FIRST PLACE: Looking Up At the Sky II, by Yuka Okane Inoue, of Lake Forest, IL, U.S.; Sterling and fine silver, Japanese alloys, diamond. 3 x 3 x 3.5 in. (7.6 x 7.6 x 8.9 cm). Photo by Guy Nicol.
SECOND PLACE: Persephone Vase, by Rauni Higson, of Caernarfon, Wales, U.K.; Britannia silver. 55 cm tall (21.7 in). Photo by Clarissa Bruce.
THIRD PLACE: FF Bowl 5, by Ed Lay, of El Cerrito, Calif., U.S.; Copper, vitreous enamel. 6 x 6 x 3.5 in. (15.2 x 15.2 x 8.9 cm).
HONORABLE MENTION: Origami Bracelet, by Gayle Whiteley Minjarez, of Santa Barbara, Calif., U.S.; Sterling and reticulation silver. 1 x 6.75 in. (2.5 x 17.1 cm).
HONORABLE MENTION: Viento en Cara, by Eva Zuzuarregui, of Carlsbad, Calif., U.S.; Sterling silver. 8.5 x 6.5 x .5 in. (21.6 x 16.5 x 1.3 cm). Photo by Seth Papac.
Blooming Basket, by Mira Benoni, of El Cerrito, Calif., U.S.; Enameled copper, electroplated copper mesh and branches. 11 x 15 x 7 in. (27.9 x 38.1 x 17.8 cm).
Untitled, by Pat Downing, of San Diego, Calif., U.S.; Copper, steel, patina. 7 x 4 x 2 ft. (2.1 x 1.2 x .6 m).
Star Earrings by Robert Fear, of Auckland, New Zealand; Copper, silver. 22 x 22 x 11 mm (.9 x .9 x .4 in).
Gathering, by Christine Finch, of Richmond, Calif., U.S.; Copper, vitreous enamel. 8 x 7 x 2 in. (20.3 x 17.8 x 5 cm). Photo by Ed Lay.
Fore-armed, by Rauni Higson, of Caernarfon, Wales, U.K.; Patinated gilding metal. 14 x 11 cm (5.5 x 4.3 in). Photo by Jan Davies.
Spinal, by Rauni Higson, of Caernarfon, Wales, U.K.; Patinated copper, 21 x 18 cm. (8.3 x 7 in). Photo by Jan Davies.
Find Me; I'm Here, by Yuka Okane Inoue, of Lake Forest, IL, U.S., Copper, sterling silver, found object, diamond. 5.1 x 3.5 x 1.6 in. (13 x 8.9 x 4.1 cm). Photo by Guy Nicol.
Rip Tide, by Denys Knight, of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, U.S.; Copper, Swarovski crystals. 7 x 10.5 in. (17.8 x 26.7 cm).
Winter Moon, by Denys Knight, of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, U.S.; Copper, silver. 2.38 x 6 in. (6 x 15.2 cm).
FF Bowl 6, by Ed Lay, of El Cerrito, Calif., U.S.; Copper, vitreous enamel. 10 x 10 x 4 in. (25.4 x 25.4 x 10.2 cm).
Salt and Pepper Shakers, by Kenneth MacBain, of Morristown, NJ, U.S.; Sterling silver, topaz, garnet. 5 x 2.25 x 2.5 in. (13 x 5.7 x 6.4 cm).
Salt and Pepper Shakers (2), by Kenneth MacBain, of Morristown, NJ, U.S.; Sterling silver, 18K gold, topaz, garnet. 3.5 x 1; 5 x 2 in. (8.9 x 2.5; 13 x 5 cm).
Por Frida, by Mary K McIntyre, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Bronze sheet. 7 x 5.5 x 1.5 in. (17.8 x 14 x 3.8 cm). Photo by Paul Ambtman.
Georgia's Orchid, by Mary K McIntyre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Bronze sheet. 5.5 x 6.5 x 2 in. (14 x 16.5 x 5 cm). Photo by Paul Ambtman.
Evolution, by Kaiya Rainbolt, of San Diego, Calif., U.S.; Steel, vitreous enamel. Six pieces; 8 x 8 x 4 in. (20.3 x 20.3 x 10.2 cm).
Leafy Sea Dragon, by Liz Reed, of Naracoorte, South Australia; Copper. Dragon height 5 in. (12.7 cm). Photo by Steve Bourne.
aSpire, by Bill Roberts, of Ocala, FL, U.S.; Aluminum. 12 x 4.5 x 2 ft. (3.7 x 1.4 x .6 m)
Zipper Cuff, by Greta Schiegg, of Cottonwood, AZ, U.S.; Sterling silver. 1.5 x 2.5 x 2.25 in. (3.8 x 6.4 x 5.7 cm). Photo by Jerome Photos.
Connexion, by Catherine Sheedy, of Levis, Quebec, Canada; Sterling silver, PVC pipe, rubber electric wire. 50 x 50 x 1.5 cm. (19.7 x 19.7 x .6 in.)
Swirling Leaves, by Susan Thornton, of Watertown, TN, U.S.; Sterling silver. 4 x 4 x 2.75 in. (10.2 x 10.2 x 7 cm). Photo by John Lucas.
The annual competition is open to artists everywhere and coincides with the Charles Lewton-Brain Conference on Foldforming. Both are hosted by Center for Metal Arts in Florida, New York. Visit www.centerformetalarts.com for more information; visit SueLacy Wired at http://tinyurl.com/8ore8nh for an extensive live blog documenting the 2012 conference in text, photos, and video.
"It is wonderful to see the beautiful objects and new developments in foldforming that are occurring. The pieces here represent the best of what is being created today using foldforming." -- Charles Lewton-Brain
If you work with metal and would like to join the official Foldforming group on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/groups/foldforming
Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition 2013
Mira Benoni, "Blooming Basket"
Pat Downing, Untitled
Robert Fear, "Star Earrings"
Christine Finch, "Gathering"
Rauni Higson, "Fore-armed"
Rauni Higson, "Spinal"
Yuka Okane Inoue, "Find Me; I'm Here"
Denys Knight, "Rip Tide"
Denys Knight, "Winter Moon"
Ed Lay, "FF Bowl 6"
Kenneth MacBain "Salt and Pepper Shakers" (2)
Mary K McIntyre, "Por Frida"
Mary K McIntyre, "Georgia's Orchid"
Kaiya Rainbolt, "Evolution"
Liz Reed, "Leafy Sea Dragon"
Bill Roberts, "aSpire"
Greta Schiegg, "Zipper Cuff"
Catherine Sheedy, "Connexion"
Susan Thornton, "Swirling Leaves"
www.suelacydesigns.com (blog: SueLacy Wired.) These are selections of my foldform work from the year 2012. Foldforming is a metal technique developed by world renowned goldsmith and educator, Charles Lewton-Brain. The technique results in three dimensional organic designs.
I’m fortunate to have learned foldforming from Charles at the Center for Metal Arts in Florida, New York. He visits annually to offer a 4-day conference / workshop that is simply off the charts. The next one is Aug 2-5, 2013; for information contact firstname.lastname@example.org . Seating is limited but I don’t mind sharing the news since my seat is already reserved. Can’t wait-- this will be my third visit!
I was the official live blogger of the 5th Annual Charles Lewton-Brain Conference in 2012. If you’d like the insider’s view to last year’s shindigs, here you go… press your nose up to the studio glass and catch some precious moments. www.suelacydesigns.com/1/post/2012/08/blog-index-for-5th-annual-charles-lewton-brain-conference.html .
Metal artists: The annual Lewton-Brain Foldform Award competition coincides with the conference each year. If you want to compete, stay tuned to www.centerformetalarts.com for this year’s details. View this video to see the 2012 results: http://youtu.be/r2s0d1HqU7Q
Over the past couple years I’ve worked with Charles and Center for Metal Arts to build community around foldforming. Visit the public Facebook page at www.facebook.com/foldforming. Or if you are a metalsmith join us at Foldforming Central, a specialty group for metalsmiths around the world at http://www.facebook.com/foldforming . (Contact me directly via Facebook to request membership if your profile doesn’t show your metal work.)
Thanks for visiting!
Sue Lacy / Jewelry artist, metalsmith, and community organizer
Hey my thumb is all healed up, so I'm finally ready to start on 2013 metal projects. Yay!
"It is wonderful to see the beautiful objects and new developments in foldforming that are occurring. The pieces here represent the best of what is being created today using foldforming." - Charles Lewton-Brain
Jurors: Charles Lewton-Brain, Tim McCreight, Ed Mack.
First place: "Undersea Candelabra" by Rauni Higson; Second place: "Spiritus" by Theresa Nguyen; Third place: "Quadrant" by Kaiya Rainbolt; Honorable Mention: "Pleated Silver Drinking Set" by Grant McCaig.
Jurors' Choice featured artists
Alison Antelman, Melody Armstrong, Peter Danilo, Christine Finch, Deborah Jemmott, Sue Lacy, Evelyn Markasky, Theresa Nguyen, Aimee Petkus, Judith Renstrom, Anna Robinson, George Sawyer, Brad Severtson, Lyn Stoll, Patricia Tschetter, Paul Wells, Anne Wolf.
The annual competition is open to artists everywhere and coincides with the Charles Lewton-Brain Conference on Foldforming. Both are hosted by Center for Metal Arts in downstate, New York. Visit www.centerformetalarts.com for more information and visit this SueLacy Wired post for an extensive live blog documenting the 2012 conference in text, photos, and video.
If you work with metal and would like to join the official Foldforming group on Facebook, visit here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/foldforming . (If your public Facebook profile does not reflect your involvement with metal, please message me with details.)
One of the first things I ever grabbed to foldform was a piece of plumbing pipe. It just happened to be laying around the house. I liked the result but that's as far as it went. Then last week I saw a demo for making a puffed ring with dapping tools, and thought about that pipe again. So I cut off some short lengths, annealed them with my torch, and started hammering them into my dapping block. Here is what I got.
Yes, I know. Get back to jewelry, crazy girl.
Guess what's coming up?
A Foldforming Conference with Charles Lewton-Brain
I have a VERY exciting trip coming up in a few short weeks, Aug 3-6. I will be at the Center of Metal Arts in New York for more incredible foldforming instruction from Charles Lewton-Brain. YOU COULD GO TOO. There are still spaces left! Check out the web site http://centerformetalarts.com and click on Upcoming Seminars in the left column.
NOTE: Ask about available housing and work-trade opportunities!!
And a foldform competition DEADLINE JUNE 30
After registering, keep scrolling down to see the Call for Entries for the inaugural Lewton-Brain Foldform Award. If you do foldforming, enter your pieces! It's a great way to get your work in front of amazing judges Charles Lewton-Brain, Tim McCreight, and Ed Mack. And if you do metal at all, I'm absolutely sure you own a copy of The Complete Metalsmith by Tim McCreight... or have received copies of those pages as handouts in class-- Right?
Not quite sure?
Here is a great write-up about the event:
Foldform Inventor Charles Lewton-Brain to Give Away Jewelers' Secrets at NY Summer Event
...and a tasty video to push you over the edge.
Sue Lacy Wired
Over time it became a quest to support & connect metalsmiths around the globe who use foldforming techniques in their work.
See how it all