My creative process is time consuming but drawing on metal provides a surface that is unique and can’t be achieved any other way. Colored pencil drawing allows me to blend colors and create patterns that are uniquely mine. I draw on metal because it is strong but easily formed. I create jewelry because I appreciate the intimacy of an art form that is worn on the body and that, historically, carries emotional weight. Jewelry combines so many components that I love: fashion, ornament, art, texture, color, and structure. Drawings aren’t just for the wall, anymore.
As a transplanted Midwesterner, it is my good fortune to live and work in the mountains of North Carolina, surrounded by natural beauty and a vibrant craft community. While I spend most of my time as a studio jeweler, selling my work through galleries and at craft shows, I also love teaching workshops. When not in the studio, I am usually working on our house with my partner, David. My work is fueled by a fascination with detail, pattern, and surface: lichen on trees, flaking paint on rusty old metal, the texture and pattern in vintage fabrics, and architectural details, just to name a few. I travel whenever possible because each place has its own way of inspiring me, whether it’s the people, the architecture, or natural surroundings.
These classes are open to all levels of experience.
Drawing on Metal and Jewelry Fabrication
January 9–13 (arrive 8 depart 14) 2018
January 16–20 (arrive 15, depart 21) 2018
In this 5 day class you will add interest to your jewelry designs with color, surface texture, volume, and layers. Who doesn’t want to add a little color to their jewelry, or maybe your own patterns and images? This part of our class focuses on my technique for drawing on metal with colored pencils. Learn to add color and excitement to your work with my special technique. Emphasis is placed on planning and finishing techniques in order to achieve a more professional look. You will learn easy soldering and riveting tips. All levels welcome.Type your paragraph here.
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Deb will be combining two of her most popular classes, "Flat to Fabulous" and "Drawing on Metal", for us at BeadCamp so we can learn some cool metalworking techniques to use independently or, for the torchworkers, coordinated with glass.
Flat to Fabulous (one session)
Improve your skills in this fun 2 day class. Add interest to your jewelry designs with surface texture, volume, and layers. Emphasis is placed on planning and finishing techniques in order to achieve a more professional look. You will learn easy soldering and riveting tips, how to incorporate found materials or beads, how to create a rich surface on copper and silver, and how to use commercial findings or make your own. This class is perfect for preparing to take the Drawing on Metal class. All levels welcome.