Last week, our brilliant new young people’s group A Colourful Crowd went on the first of two trips to Birmingham School of Jewellery, taking part in an Introduction to Jewellery masterclass.
Very much inspired by Damien Hirst’s work, the group were keen to gets hands on and learn about jewellery making.
One of the group’s participants, Kathy Mills, a student from Walsall College, has written a guest blog about her experiences of the first workshop.
As you can see from her blog, all of our young people were introduced a small taster of the huge variety of tools and techniques involved in jewellery making.
“The Masterclass in Jewellery, at the Birmingham School of Jewellery went really well for me. I thoroughly enjoyed being there and learned so much about jewellery making. The atmosphere was really nice, relaxed and welcoming.
I learned to press patterns into copper plates, anneal metal with a blowtorch, clean it in acid pickle, rinse and scrub. I also learned to relax my grip and arm completely while sawing through the copper (it makes such a massive difference!) and how to file rough edges, smooth and polish.
At the very end, I watched the pattern be coloured and hairsprayed it to fix the colour. I think the outcome has been a big success and I’m very pleased with the result.
I am very excited to go back and learn more, can’t wait to see what we’ll be doing at the next workshop!”
The photos above were taken by Kathy Mills. Follow her own blog here.
If you want to see more pictures of the workshop and examples of the fantastic work produced by the young people (in just a few hours), then please click here.
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So Agents Francis, Greenwood, Brown and Stoker will take up residence in the Interrogation Room (formally known as the artist’s studio) in The New Art Gallery Walsall tomorrow. A twitter account and a tv channel have been set up in order to document proceedings. So go to http://twitter.com/artinwalsall for the twitter feed
or go to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/interrogation-walsall to watch live online during the mission days (which will be 9th/16th/23rd/30th September – 10am-5pm and the Symposium Day Friday, 2nd October 1-5pm).
Or view here:
Free live streaming by Ustream
Artists: Only two days left to apply for Interrogation Walsall. Become a secret agent for the day and infiltrate the world of public art. Application details can be found on the opportunities page. Hurry – deadline is Fri 28th Aug, 12pm. Good luck!
Hi Folks, we have teamed up with Multistory/Longhouse to deliver this year’s PAD programme. We’re looking for artists to act as secret agents and complete undercover tasks on the streets of Walsall. The project is designed to investigate the impact of short, sharp interventions within the public realm. Application details can be found on the opportunities page – but be quick! The deadline is Fri 28th August. Agent Jones over and out….p.s. Good Luck!