Woven Metal Jewelry
Anastasia Azure, Instructor
Dates: June 1st – June 3rd, 2019 (9am-4pm)
Materials Fee: $0
Explore the creativity of weaving jewelry without a loom. Working with colorful wire and thin sheet metal, we will create a variety of woven earrings, beads, bracelets, pendants and pins. This extensive workshops covers techniques such as tabby and twill weave, free-form warps, continuous and discontinuous wefts, plying chevron wefts, flattening wire, unusual shapes, and simple wire work to incorporate beads and jewelry findings. Participants will have the opportunity to create a jewelry collection as well as technical samples for future inspiration.
Anastasia Azure combines ancient weaving, traditional metalsmithing and contemporary materials to create unique and distinctive sculpture and jewelry. Her work is hand-woven on a floor loom with metals and plastics. Her forms are inspired by the elegance of geometry and the complexity of science. First introduced to jewelry fabrication at Wellesley High School in Massachusetts, Anastasia continued training at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco, graduating in 2001. While earning her BFA in 2005 from California College of the Arts, she discovered weaving’s immense importance to her life’s work. She completed her MFA in Textiles at the Rhode Island School of Design. Presently she resides in Providence, Rhode Island, working as an interdisciplinary teaching artist, jewelry designer and sculptor. She teaches weaving workshops nationally and is frequently a visiting artist at guilds and universities. Institutions include Textile Center of Minnesota, Appalachian Center for Craft, Massachusetts College of Art, RISD Continuing Education, Fuller Craft Museum, Newport Art Museum and HGA Convergence. Anastasia’s art has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has won many awards, including three Niche Awards. Her sculptural bracelet, Egg Hunt, is featured on the cover of 500 Plastic Jewelry Designs published by Lark Books. She was featured in the Spring 2016 issue of Fiber Arts Now.