Natural materials can be so beautiful they are good enough to wear. You will make brooches, bracelets and pendants using found, natural materials. Some will last years, others may be for a one off fun event.
Natural materials such as feathers, lichen, twigs, seeds, acorns and bark can be so beautiful they are good enough to wear! In this workshop you will explore and play with natural materials to create unique jewellery that will last for years, as well as fun pieces for one off events.
You will first stroll in the stunning West Dean Gardens to collect natural materials to use in jewellery making, to add to the range of materials already provided. You will be looking closely at the detail of plants and materials which might otherwise be overlooked or discarded. You will become aware of the patterns, colours, textures and shapes of materials you might normally take for granted.
You will use simple hand tools and a range of wires, threads, cordage and string to assemble the materials together. You will be threading, stitching, tying, binding, weaving and plaiting along with experiments and ideas of your own. You will be able to use your imagination to create large or small pieces which may reflect the identity, personality and enthusiasm of either the maker or the wearer.
You will be taking part in a day to celebrate the natural world and the way it inspires and delights us. You will hear and share stories and experiences of the countryside and nature and see the work of other artists who work in natural materials in books and magazines.
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
Jane Bevan worked in museums for 25 years before concentrating on her artwork full-time. She studied Craft at the University of Derby and now runs workshops at a range of organisations. Her book 'Craft from natural materials' was published by Bloomsbury in 2011. Her work is in galleries and exhibitions nationwide.