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!
You know you're in trouble when the ER nurse and doctor bust out laughing at the handiwork of your Urgent Care doctor.
This is the part I sliced completely off, nice and clean. Clearly stitches were not an option. Thank goodness the mandolin was set at 1/8" and not 1/4" right?
You're welcome for not posting my actual bloody thumb. If you want to see one, Google away... there are plenty posted out there.
According to the ER, this often happens around the holidays when people are cooking more (you know, those of us who rarely cook otherwise) and in the summer when we're pruning in the garden. And some of us here are metalsmiths who use jewelers' saws and metal shears year round. So it seems right to share a few tips, obvious as they may seem, since they would have helped me.
Tip #4: Listen to the doctor. As in listen actively, critically, and logically.
At least I knew right away to see a doctor. We chose a nearby Urgent Care because the issue seemed minor / routine but also urgent, as in continuing to bleed. I'm not saying that all Urgent Care facilities would mess this up. I'm just saying mine did.
These are some red flag quotes from urgent care personnel to me:
Nurse: "I don't mind a lot of blood, that doesn't bother me, but I don't like to see cut skin."
Doctor: "Stitches are not an option, so the only way to stop the bleeding is with a compression bandage.
This will be a real headache for 3-4 weeks."
Me: "How do I know if the bandage is too tight and cutting off circulation?"
Doctor: "It's a fine line. You can come back tomorrow if there is a problem."
Nurse: "You want to be really careful changing the dressing and keep an eye on it so you don't bleed out."
Me: "Bleed out??"
Doctor: "If the bandage falls off while you're sleeping, your bed will look like a crime scene when you wake up."
So I did listen with a bit of healthy skepticism.
Tip #5: It's usually not good to cut off circulation to a body part.
(Careful with this tip. There are obviously some injuries that require a tourniquet.)
The doctor wrapped my thumb very tightly with some gauze and nine band-aids, then sent me home. It felt tight but didn't hurt much at first. After about two hours my entire hand, all the fingers, wrist, and arm up to the elbow started throbbing. It just felt so tight.
We went to the ER to get a second opinion. Thank goodness.
ER personnel were very entertained and couldn't stop laughing at all the band-aids. "Are you sure you didn't do this yourself?" they asked. Then, "This looks arterial." And, "Of course we have ways to stop the bleeding."
Yes, every bit of pain disappeared when the band-aids came off. I mean, the cut is really not that big.
Tip #6: There are some good medical products and procedures that really do work, if you know about them.
The ER nurse applied a gelfoam dressing that stopped the bleeding within a few seconds, then added a wire cage covered in a sock-like tube. The cage comes off in a few days and then band-aids might be appropriate.
Well that's my Happy New Year post, folks :-D Everyone have a very safe, healthy, and happy 2013!
Disclaimer: This post is based on subjective experience and some Google searches. I'm no doctor and this is not offered as medical advice. Please do your own research to determine any course of action. These are my opinions based on an isolated occurrence that may not accurately reflect the medical skills of those involved.
Guess what I got today? A kitchen blender system that actually works! You know how the stuff on the bottom of a bad blender just shifts around while the stuff on top sits there doing nothing? Yeah. I've been wanting to try some healthy green smoothies but have never owned a decent blender. Today I threw in these ingredients and whipped up a really delicious smoothie:
2 peeled quartered granny smith apples
4 big kale leaves (curly kale, stems removed)
1/4 t fresh grated ginger
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup orange juice
couple dashes of Stevia
a few ice cubes
Don't be scared of the kale. It was awesome.
With the last 1/4 cup-ish of smoothie (along whatever was stuck on the inside of the blender), I poured in about 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil and maybe a little less than 1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar, along with a garlic clove, salt, and pepper. That all blended very quickly into a great salad dressing.
Oh gosh I love Christmas toys.
Anyway just to keep to my regular theme, here are a couple photos of recent gifts/orders. It's been awhile since I've done any wire wrapping so it was especially fun. This first necklace was a gift for my daughter Lindsay. Made from copper, turquoise, jade, and mother of pearl, it's an ocean inspired color palette.
"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.)
Man, was I impressed. Demos going on all the time... a ton of great tools for sale... a gallery full of absolutely beautiful work by attendees... and the nicest people you'd ever want to meet.
You can bet that next year I'll sign up for the weekend pass. If you're anywhere in the midwest and you're crazy for this kind of stuff like I am, then you'd better put it on your radar for next year, too.
The gallery, oh my
I know you want a peek at the beautiful work in the gallery, but I warn you -- it will make you hungry for a ticket next year!
Let's start by highlighting the absolutely gorgeous pieces made by the team of John W. Steel and Chris Holt. I am very lucky to be able to call these two my friends! You can find them at the conference or at steelwelding.net.
OK, fasten your seat belts... this one can only be presented with a video. It's a simply amazing piece of hand crafting by Barry Wheeler. Enjoy... and try to imagine creating that shoe by hand!
Check out this index page leading to detailed posts about the recent Charles Lewton-Brain conference on Foldforming. It contains a wealth of pics, video, and a student's view (mine) of that amazing conference.
And this is the official foldforming group on Facebook created especially for metalsmiths and blacksmiths interested in foldforming: http://www.facebook.com/groups/foldforming . If your Facebook page reflects your metal interests, I will approve your application to join. If it doesn't, message me (or comment on this post) to fill me in on your metal related work.
Please check us out!
Things are getting interesting.
2012 End-of-year Schedule
Find SueLacy Designs at Tuttle Mall beginning Oct 1, 2012 at Simply Vague
....All Ohio made goods...Buy local!!...
...Stay tuned,I may be in one more store depending on how much gets done
in the next week or so.
What's up in the workshop lately?
It's been a busy week. These are some of the cuffs I've been working on -- finished ones to the left, and a pile of just-started ones to the right. There is also a half finished foldform pendant underway, a big one that is turning out super cool; will try to post it next week.
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