Linda Leviton recently taught a workshop on large scale foldforming at the Cultural Arts Center in Columbus, OH. Not only is Linda a brilliant local artist, but she also won Honorable Mention and two Jurors' Choice nominations in the 2015 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition, a global event for metal artists. Learn more in Part I of this story.
Make an impression
After the wire is curved and taped down, cover your anvil surface or steel bench block with leather and place the piece on top. Using a slightly domed hammer, pound along the wire until it is evenly indented into the metal.
When you've hammered enough, the wire track will be clearly visible on the opposite side but won't have cut through. There is a little trial and error as you learn when to stop. Later if the line you made in this step is slightly too thin for structural integrity, melt some solder along the inside of the fold to reinforce it.
Cut and bend
In this clip, Linda cuts around the line left by her wire and bends the piece. Notice how the final form can be manipulated into the shape you want.
Meet some of the Students
The students in this workshop were on fire! Take a look at some pics and video clips, and see for yourself.
In late June of this year, the Cultural Arts Center here in Columbus, OH hosted a four-day workshop on foldforming. Intrigued by its focus on creating larger scale works, I visited the class for a few hours to interview the class and snap some pics for this story. The instructor was Linda Leviton, a talented local artist who creates commissioned metal installations for spaces like corporate atriums, hospitals, and universities. To set the stage... I didn't realize at the time that Linda had submitted three pieces for consideration in the 2015 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition.
And how did that turn out? In a unanimous decision, from among entries submitted by artists in Aruba, Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Scotland, and the U.S. -- ALL of Linda's pieces were recognized by the jury.
Who judged her work? The 2015 jurors are all leaders in the international metal arts community; Charles Lewton-Brain, Artist Goldsmith and Foldforming Pioneer, Hazel Wheaton, Editor of Art Jewelry magazine, and Dr. Hanuman Aspler, Owner / Co-Founder of The Ganoksin Project. No small accomplishment -- congrats, Linda!
Here they are! Enjoy -- and then scroll down to get some tips from Linda's foldforming workshop.
Linda's four-day foldforming workshop at the Cultural Arts Center (CAC) in Columbus, OH, was a well-attended, high energy event. I collected lots of great images, videos, and tips to share. These are some pics of Linda and her students.
Large Scale Foldforming
These vertical shears are new to me so it helped to see them in action. What a great angle for cutting metal.
Modify shears to save time
Use a belt sander to smooth the cutting edges of your sheers. They will leave smoother edges on your metal, reducing the sanding your pieces require after cutting.
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Braze components together to create a larger work
In this video, Linda creates a flower by attaching a copper stem to a foldformed Heistad Cup. She uses brazing rod from a welders' supply outlet -- or in this case, from a junkyard!
Many of us working in small metals are familiar only with silver and gold solder. Brazing rod is a great solution for connecting copper pieces in a large work.
Create templates for multiples
Linda's roots are in quilting, an art form that often calls for assembling many small components into a large pattern. This design sensibility transfers well to her large scale metal installations. Linda's work is often based on patterns and repetition of smaller shapes.
Listen as she explains how she creates a template for her components and then creates multiples that match.
Quick Note About The Cultural Arts Center (CAC) in Columbus OHIO
When I signed up for my first class at the CAC about five years ago, I drove by it twice before even checking the address. Why? Because the class was so inexpensive -- well under $100 for eight 3-hour sessions -- I was expecting a run-down urban disaster running on a shoestring!
Instead, the CAC might just be the best kept secret in Columbus. Subsidized by the city, the facility is an artist's dream-- diverse, well-stocked, and expertly staffed. They offer classes in the visual arts... metal, clay, painting, fiber, and more. Kristi Kloss runs the small metals program and she really knows her stuff!
All my best,
RESULTS: 2015 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition
“The Hoshen” by Ira Sherman
(Torah Hoshen Breast Plate: 18 in x 10 in x 2.5 in / 45.7 cm x 25.4 cm x 6.4 cm; sterling silver, semi-precious gemstones)
“Honeycomb Bracelet” by Christina Brandewie
(Bracelet: 3 in x 1 in / 7.6 cm x 2.5 cm; sterling silver, 18K yellow gold plated)
“Stovchen III” by Dan Lippitt
(Tea Warmer: 6.5 in x 4.5 in /16.5 cm x 11.4 cm; sterling silver)
“Animal Vegetable Mineral” by Linda Leviton
(Wall Sculpture: 28 in x 25 in x 3 in / 71 cm x 63.5 cm x 7.6 cm; copper, patina)
FIRST PLACE: Dan Lippitt, Madison, WI, U.S.
“Stovchen III” (6.5 in x 4.5 in) (16.5 cm x 11.4 cm) sterling silver
SECOND PLACE: Ira Sherman, www.irasherman.com, Denver, CO, U.S.
“The Hoshen” (18 in x 10 in x 2.5 in) (45.7 x 25.4 x 6.4 cm) sterling silver and semi-precious gemstones
THIRD PLACE: Christina Brandewie, www.cabbjewelry.com, Cincinnati, OH, U.S.
“Honeycomb Bracelet” (3 in x 1 in) (7.6 cm x 2.5 cm) sterling silver, 18K yellow gold plated
HONORABLE MENTION: Linda Leviton, lindaleviton.com, Lewis Center, OH, U.S.
“Animal Vegetable Mineral” (28 in x 25 in x 3 in) (71 cm x 63.5 cm x 7.6 cm) copper, patina
2015 Jurors' Choice Selections
Jurors' Choice In alphabetical order...
Melody Armstrong, www.melodyarmstrong.com, Regina, Saskatchewan, CA
“Vulva Ring” (2.7 cm x 4.1 cm x 2.1 cm) copper, sterling silver
Nick Grant Barnes, www.nickgrantbarnes.com, Silver Spring, MD, U.S.
“Damascus Panel Ring” (Size 5) 18k gold, Damascus steel, diamond
“Green Amethyst Solitaire” (Size 11) 18K rose, 14kw, green amethyst
Photos by David Terao
Holly Carter, hollycarterart.com, Richmond, CA, U.S.
“Facets” (16 in x 11 in x 11 in) (40.6 cm x 27.9 cm x 27.9 cm) pewter, acrylic, aluminum
John M. Cohea, jmcknives.blademakers.com, Nettleton, MS, U.S.
“Vest Knife” (8 in x 2 in) (20.3 cm x 5 cm) Damascus steel, copper, fused silver, mokume gane, garnets, leather, rawhide
Photos by Scott A. Roush
Melissa Davenport, Scottdale, PA, U.S.
“Vase” (6 in x 3 in x 1.5 in) (15.2 cm x 7.6 cm x 3.8 cm) sterling silver
Chelsea Dyck, www.mycreativework.ca, Calgary, Alberta, CA
“Colours of the Seasons Collar” (7 in x 7 in) (17.8 cm x 17.8 cm) niobium, sterling silver
Wendy Edsall-Kerwin, www.hammerstrokeandfire.com, Elizabethtown, PA, U.S.
“Cascade” (5.75 in x 6.75 in x 7 in) (14.6 cm x 17.1 cm x 17.7 cm) bronze, nickel, brass
Angela Fung, www.angelafung.net/paperartist, Hassocks, U.K.
“Origami Sculpture” (50 cm x 30 cm x 30 cm) laser cut stainless steel
Kerye Hartzell, artkeryeleigh.com, Richmond, TX, U.S.
“Origami Lily” (38 in x 21.5 in x 4.5 in) (96.5 cm x 54.6 cm x 11.4 cm) copper, alcohol ink
Deborah Jemmott, www.debjemmott.com, San Marcos, CA, U.S.
“Blue Bowl” (5 in x 5 in x 2 in) (12.7 cm x 12.7 cm x 5 cm) steel
Denys Knight, www.accidentalhammer.com, Bonners Ferry, ID, U.S.
“Floribunda” (13 in x 11 in) (33 cm x 27.9 cm framed) copper
Goran Konjevod, organicorigami.com, Livermore, CA, U.S.
“Shell” (4 in x 5 in x 4 in) (10.1 cm x 12.7 cm x 10.1 cm) copper
Ellen Krieger, www.ellenkriegerjewelry.com, McLean, VA, U.S.
“Caesar's Salad” (2 in x 6.5 in) (5 cm x 16.5 cm) copper, fine silver, silver foil, enamel, amazonite cabachon
Photos by David Terao
Ed Lay, www.edlay.info, El Cerrito, CA, U.S.
“FF Bowl #7” (8.5 in x 6.5 in x 3.5 in) (21.6 cm x 16.5 cm x 8.9 cm) copper, vitreous enamel
Linda Leviton, lindaleviton.com, Lewis Center, OH, U.S.
“Eve's Leaves” (4.2 ft x 2 ft x 10 in) (127 cm x 60.9 cm x 25.4 cm) copper
“Shades of Green” (6 ft x 6 ft x 1 ft) (1.8 m x 1.8 m x 30.5 cm) copper, wood, patina, dye, paint; photos by Jerry Anthony
Daniel Lippitt, Madison, WI, U.S.
“Candleholder” measures w/o candle (3.75" x 1.75") (9.5 cm x 4.4 cm) copper, enamel, wax candle
Louise Mary Muttitt, www.louisemarydesigns.co.uk, Burton upon Trent, U.K.
“Sugar Sifting Spoon” (15 cm long) sterling silver
“Twist Candlestick” (25 cm x 21 cm) Britannia Silver
Sher Novak, www.shernovak.com, Albany, CA, U.S.
“Autumn Leaves Necklace” (10.5 in x 10 in) (26.7 cm x 25.4 cm) copper, patina, leather cord
“Vine Necklace” (9 in x 8 in) (22.8 cm x 20.3 cm) fine silver, garnet, 18K gold bezel
Photos by George Post
Stella Rose Powell, www.silverfallsjewelry.com, Bend, OR, U.S.
“Beyond the Garden Gate Collection Earrings” (1.75 in x 1.5 in) (4.4 cm x 3.8 cm) 18K, sterling silver bimetal
“Beyond the Garden Gate Collection Necklace” (1 3/8 in x 1.5 in) (3.5 cm x 3.8 cm) 18k/ss bimetal, freshwater pearl
Bradley Sanders, www.bradleysandersart.com, Shepherdstown, WV, U.S.
“Rebecca the Blue Heron” (38 in x 20 in) (96.5 cm x 50.8 cm) copper, iron, patina
Hendrik Schouten, St.Cruz, Aruba
“Anemoon” (19 cm x 19 cm x 9 cm) copper, ammonia patina
Photos by Christian Schouten
Kest Schwartzman, www.vagabondmetalworks.com, Frederick, MD, U.S.
“Guardian” mask (24 in x 18 in x 10in) (60.9 cm x 45.7 cm x 25.4 cm) copper
Sue Lacy Wired
Over time it became a quest to support & connect metalsmiths around the globe who use foldforming techniques in their work.
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