It’s time to CREATE!
Jen Cushman will be teaching three Seattle Sessions at the CREATE Mixed Media Retreat beginning October 22.
- Breaking Out of the Bezel (6 hours) (Wednesday): Treasure hunters take heed. For those of you who love incorporating unique found objects into your mixed-media jewelry, this is a techniques-based workshop tailor-made for you. Rather than using your hard-won treasures in just one piece of art, learn how to easily make molds of your favorite objects using a non-toxic silicone molding putty and then how to make resin castings from your molds. Discover how to completely alter your resin castings with paint and patinas and transform them into entirely new components. If you are someone who thinks twice about using your precious objects, this workshop will have you seeing them in an entirely new light. Workshop attendees will leave with a finished necklace featuring a resin casting set into a bezel, along with chain and handmade clasp components.
- Links, Clasps, Components and Chain (6 hours) (Thursday): One of the most rewarding aspects of making mixed-media jewelry is being able to see the hand of the artist in your work. Learning the skills to make gorgeous necklaces, bracelets, rings, pins and more from spools of humble wire is an art form all unto itself. Fortunately, making components from wire is not only deeply fulfilling, it’s economical on your pocketbook and easier to accomplish than one might think. In this workshop, you will learn how to make bead links, wire links, clasps and components and then how to chain them together to create one seamless and beautiful wearable work of art. The fundamental skills learned in this class will help you build a strong foundation for future work.
- Ready, Set, Resinate (3 hours) (Thursday Evening): Turn your eye for design into fabulous and unique jewelry. During class we will use handcrafted bezels, oodles of images, a jeweler’s-grade resin and the most important tool of all—your imagination—to make a trio of resin pendants. Learn how to properly mix and pour a two-part epoxy resin, add color if you so choose, embed small objects like rhinestones or beads and how to bling it up with glitter and mica. These images are idea samples of what you can create, but you will personalize your pendant to fit your individual art aesthetic, style and favorite color palettes.
Are you ready to take your mixed media jewelry skills to the next level?
Susan’s workshops are all filled at Art & Soul, Virginia Beach, happening later this month, but don’t fret! You can catch up with Susan in the Spring
at Art N Soul, Portland, March 2-8, 2015
P179 – WIRE- Ancient techniques on New Frontiers- Forging + Brazing
P180 – Enamels-Sgraffito + Symbolism- Making your own Mark
P181 – Resin, Relics and Ancient Artifacts
Jen Cushman says, “The Links, Clasps, Components, and Chains class came directly out of a CREATE art retreat in 2013. My students in Chicago were casting in ICE Resin and they kept asking me wire-working questions. There simply was not time to teach wire working and resin, so I asked them, If I taught a class and in it you had a spool of wire and with that spool you learned to create connections would that be fun?”
A class is born:
Students will leave with a finished necklace and a foundation to make your own components, which will save you money.
One of the most rewarding aspects of making mixed-media jewelry is being able to see the hand of the artist in your work. Learning the skills to make gorgeous necklaces, bracelets, rings, pins and more from spools of humble wire is an art form all unto itself. Fortunately, making components from wire is not only deeply fulfilling, it’s economical on your pocketbook and easier to accomplish than one might think. In this workshop, you will learn how to make bead links, wire links, clasps and components and then how to chain them together to create one seamless and beautiful wearable work of art. The fundamental skills learned in this class will help you build a strong foundation for future work.
Registration for Dallas CREATE classes happens right HERE.
Students will leave with three finished pendants that you can make necklaces with plus some beautiful loose collage pages created from your intuitive imagery.
Art Journaling is a way to let your authentic, creative voice sing with paper, pens, paint and various other art supplies. In this brand new workshop, you will be learning to work through the intuitive process of creating colorful, spontaneous expressions of yourself. The second part of the workshop takes the art journaling process one step further with techniques to cut, collage and re-imagine your paper pages into resin jewelry. Basic jewelry skills are helpful, but absolutely not necessary for this class. Learn how to turn your journal art into gorgeous art to wear!
Students will learn new techniques for adding permanent color to metal along with a handful of completed charms to later incorporate into your mixed-media jewelry, collage or assemblage work.
Cold enameling is a new art process utilizing micas, enameling powders, glitter powders and other interesting surface mediums in conjunction with a glasslike product called ICE Resin. These mediums used in tandem with time honored metalworking techniques add color and texture to metal. Instruction will focus on various techniques of the cold enamel process and hands-on experimentation and play with the products to create gorgeous metal jewelry pendants.
Students will leave with a handful of collaged resin pendants to use a focal pendants for your jewelry or in your collages and assemblages.
Turn your eye for design into fabulous and unique jewelry. During class we will use handcrafted bezels, oodles of images, a jeweler’s-grade resin and the most important tool of all—your imagination—to make a trio of resin pendants. Learn how to properly mix and pour a two-part epoxy resin, add color if you so choose, embed small objects like rhinestones or beads and how to bling it up with glitter and mica. These images are idea samples of what you can create, but you will personalize your pendant to fit your individual art aesthetic, style and favorite color palettes.
Students will leave with a dozen new skills guaranteed to take your jewelry making to the next level.
Who doesn’t love a good lariat? These chic necklaces are easy to wear and fun to make, particularly when you create them using mixed-media techniques of cold enameling, fiber manipulation and wireworking along with traditional metalworking skills. Cold enameling is a new art process that looks like glossy kiln-fired or torch-fired enamels without the use of fire or flame. You will also learn metalworking skills of cutting, annealing, texturizing, and forming sheet metal into interesting shapes that are not only beautiful but structurally integral to the lariat design. This workshop focuses on learning new skills and techniques while still making beautiful jewelry components. If you’re new to jewelry making, don’t be intimidated. Cold enameling is a fun and easy process and Jen Cushman has some premade metal components for those who might not wish to delve into metal cutting and forming.
And just so you don’t have to scroll back up… registration for Dallas CREATE classes happens right HERE.
Hope to see you there.
Which class will be your favorite?
Hi Everyone: it is rare for me to teach at local stores, but the weekend of September 13 and 14 I will be teaching as part of a workshop series at a cool local Ohio store, Ginny’s Small Studio. Ginny began mixed media events with Art Continuum back in 2000. She was the founder of Stampers Anonymous that went on to become a huge success.
Here are the two workshops I will give at Ginny’s Small Studio:
WIRE- Ancient techniques on New Frontiers- Forging + Brazing
Sign up for the class: Sun Sept. 14th 10-5pm $125 per student
Wire and fiber has been a prominent medium in ethnographic jewelry and adornment for centuries and used for binding, connecting, decorating and building of components.. Through many years of my own research and ethnographic repair, I have employed these same ideas to build my own unique body of work, influenced by my fashion experience, in forged wire.
Sign up for the class: Saturday Sept. 13th 10-5PM $125 per student
Focus on new works in jewelry and Resin as it has never been presented before…sand, scratch, cast and scraffitto your way into creating unique objects and ancient artifacts in jewelry in combination with metal. Focus and build with resin using multiple thin layers while learning new techniques and application for scratching, crackling, engraving, transferring of imagery, making marks and coloring surface. Set your finished components with filigree bezel wire…brazing presented.
You are invited to join me in a hands- on intensive 5 day retreat to learn, explore and construct jewelry components using and altering mixed media and uncommon objects while building practical metalworking skills in bronze and silver.
As a student you will build distinctive personal metal structures and learn practical skills such as soldering and brazing, cold connections, fabricating sheet metal and wire while incorporating altered mixed media objects into jewelry.
In many ancient cultures open and closed forms or containers are meant to hold special prayers, Talismans or messages, and bring them to fruition.
This 5-day workshop is April 5 -11, 2015. All of the details are HERE.
Join Susan Lenart Kazmer and Jen Cushman for an immersion workshop where students will have the opportunity to dig deep into their work by exploring innovative design concepts and honing their metalworking skills. Relics found at Paris flea markets prior to the workshop or treasured objects brought from home will be re-imagined into Talisman pieces of unique jewelry during the week at La Cascade.
A full range cold connection and wire working techniques will be taught, as well as color on metal, Resin Alchemy and Susan’s innovative fiber-and-wire connections. We’ll also create a forged wire and resin paper journal so students can capture all the new design ideas and stunning beauty the South of France has to offer. Healthy and delicious meals are prepared fresh each day by French chef Nese Pelt, and dinner is served each evening family style with much joy and laughter.
$3,200 includes double occupancy bedrooms at La Cascade, meals, instruction and a comprehensive kit to build your pieces. Space is limited. $500 deposit secures your spot.
Susan and Jen usually get into Paris the Friday before the workshop (often joined by a few students) and attend the flea markets Saturday and Sunday in search of found objects and kick around Monday just enjoying Paris. Jen keeps everyone informed of the itinerary and meeting places and times and everyone is welcome to join them or go explore on their own or in pairs/small groups. For example one year a small group wanted to do the Louvre museum. Susan and Jen had seen it a bunch, so they wanted to hang out a Les Deus Maggots (a famous outdoor café) and go to the vintage clothing shops. Others wanted to walk the city and see the love locks on the bridges. Everyone spent a lovely Monday going our separate ways for the day and then met up for dinner and a sunset boat ride on the Seine.
Tuesday is a travel day to Durfort and we take the train. Tuesday evening is the first family style meal (All meals are fresh and we eat family style.) at La Cascade and students unpack their work spaces. The workshop starts Wednesday and goes through Monday. Saturday is a big market day in Revel, the next town over and it’s wonderful and amazing. Small community Flea Markets pop up while we are there and Susan and I learn about them at arrival. We all go check them out in the mornings as they appear for a couple of hours.
“We’ll be doing lots of high end resin work and metalworking and enameling. Susan takes everyone through their work and helps each person dig deeper into their work in order to really help hone in and influence change and growth. I’m always there for support and help in the studio during some of the off hours.”
“Pretty soon, I will open a private Yahoo group where we can all meet each other and I can give information without clogging up everyone’s emails. We “talk” lots on this group so it seems like fast friends once we all arrive. Again, as the space is limited to only 12 people we become pretty tight pretty quickly.”
What’s not to love about spending five full days surrounded by beads and fabulous other jewelry making supplies?
Jen says: “The Bead and Button Show is the largest show every year in the US where making fabulous works of wearable art takes center stage. The faculty is the best of the best, and I’m honored to be teaching ICE Resin and metalworking classes again this year. The students are amazing! Most of them are professional designers, teachers or store owners themselves. Their questions and creative thought processes always makes me come out of the show with new ideas to explore for the next year’s classes.”
Click the links to register:
B142031 Cold Enameled Cuff
Fabulous classes + a few buttons+ beads of all kinds = The Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee.
Bead and Button is THE place to learn and refine your jewelry making skills, meet incredible artists, discover products, make new friends, and buy an extra suitcase to take all of the treasures you created and the bezels, beads and jewels you purchased home.
There are just a few seats remaining in Susan Leanrt Kazmer’s mixed media, resin and metalsmith classes, so if you are thinking of going now is a grand time to sign up. Here is all the info:
Register for Classes:
B142014 Enameling: Patterns, Text, Texture, and Transparency in Glass
B142019 Resin Alchemy – Limited Seating –
Susan Lenart Kazmer and Linda Lenart McNulty are bringing their mixed media metalwork and encaustic classes to Portland and there a re still a few openings for this wonderful retreat.
Art & Soul has been host to inspirational mixed media retreats for thousands of creative souls for 15 years. It is a fine retreat– place to discover unconventional art techniques. The knowledge and camaraderie you’ll walk away with is simply priceless.
Resin Alchemy – Monday April 7 (Sorry, but this workshop is FULL)
Caging Common Objects in Metalwork – Wednesday April 9 (There was a single space left at the time of posting.)
Enameling-Patterns, Text, Texture and Transparency in Glass – Thursday April 10 (Just 5 spaces remaining at time of posting.)
Cold Enameling – Color on Metal – Friday April 11 (Sorry, but this workshop is FULL)
Linda Lenart McNulty’s classes:
Wearable Encaustic Shrines Thursday, April 10 ( 3 Spaces Remaining)
Encaustic Daguerreotype Paintings Friday April 11
Luminous Layering in Encaustic Painting Saturday April 12
John Creighton Petersen from Imagine Crafts, and also one of our ICE Resin Creative Team members will be at the retreat giving demonstrations on:
New StazOn Midis
GlazOn Layer Protectant
irRESISTible Texture Sprays
Memento Luxe Ink
For the past year and issues of Bead Design Studio Magazine, artists across the country have hones their jewelry, metal work, beading and mixed-media skills as they created a necklace following the techniques of the 25+ years metalsmith Susan Lenart Kazmer.
Bead Design Studio Magazine wrapped up the SLK Contest this morning (Sunday, Feb.2) at SLK’s (Susan Lenart Kazmer’s Resin Alchemy Class.
To follow what fabulous jewelry Bead Design Studio Magazine is showcasing next, subscribe HERE.
If you are interested in taking one of Susan’s classes at To Bead True Blue you can sign up directly at the ICE Resin booth at the bead show!
FIRST Place: Phyllis Giberson
SECOND Place: Allison Hammond-Murray
We would like to give a shout out to Gold Sponsor: Garlan Chain
Bronze Sponsors: Parawire, T Beads, and Elephant Eye Beads
Jewel Sponsors: Bead My Love, Kabela Design, and the Urban Beader
Product Sponsors: Create Your Style with Swarovski Elements, ICE Resin, Spellbinders, WireLuxe, Alacarte Clasps & Wire Lace, Tsukineko, Tierra Cast, JHB, MyElement, christi friesen, Lisa Pavelka, Impress Art Metal Stamps, and The Lilac Wind Lampwork Beads
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