My passion project for the last decade+ has been directing the annual Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition. This international metal arts competition began in 2012; at this writing we've just announced our 2023 Call for Entries. See the entire history of the event at www.foldforming.org.
Here are some works by foldforming pioneer Charles Lewton-Brain:
Visit www.foldforming.org to enter the annual Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition. The site also contains resource materials and a full page gallery for each year's winning pieces and Jurors' Choice selections.
The Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition: annual results videos since 2012
Foldforming at 30
An art book, Aug 2014
By Rhoda Weber Mack and Sue Lacy
2012-2013 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition winners in full color with commentary by industry leaders Charles Lewton-Brain, Hazel Wheaton and Cynthia Eid.
The Evolution of Foldforming
A 3-page story, Nov 2015
Art Jewelry magazine
By Sue Lacy
Developed by Charles Lewton-Brain in the 1980's, foldforming techniques are used today by metal artists around the globe. Learn how methods have evolved in 30 years and view 2015 winners of the annual foldforming competition.
"Foldforming is derived from metal’s plasticity and its natural, predictable response to actions like folding, forging, bending, compressing, or work hardening. The resulting dimensional forms are often fantastically reminiscent of shapes found in nature — and that’s not a coincidence, says its inventor, Charles Lewton-Brain. “Many shapes look like natural shapes for the same reasons the ones in nature do: The material is operating right at the limits of its working abilities, and therefore the rules show up. If it looks like a ram’s horn or a flower, it’s because that’s what’s happening in nature.” --Excerpt, Evolution of Foldforming
National (U.S.) magazine publicity for the Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition:
"2017 Foldforming Winners: The Lewton-Brain Competition for an Innovative Metalsmithing Technique" by Merle White, Sep 2017 on the Interweave Blog (related to LJJA mag)
"Foldforming Competition Winners Named" Jan 2017 MJSA Journal, page 42
"Foldform Competition Winners" Nov 2016 Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine, page 60
“The Evolution of Foldforming” Nov 2015 Art Jewelry magazine, pages 45-47
“2014 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition” Nov 2014 Art Jewelry magazine, pages 58-59
“Foldforming Competition Winners Named,” Oct 2014 MJSA Journal, page 50
“Lewton-Brain Foldform Winners” Nov 2013, Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine, page 60
“2013 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition” Nov 2013 Art Jewelry magazine, pages 42-43
“Foldforming Competition Winners Named,” Oct 2013 MJSA Journal, page 52
“Foldform Competition Winners Named” Oct 2012 MJSA Journal, page 51
“Foldform Winners” May/Jun 2012 Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine, page 64
A Closer Look at Foldforming
3-page slide show by Sue Lacy
3-page slide show by Sue Lacy