January 28, 2015
Happy belated new year, friends, acquaintances and mortal enemies! Working on some new designs got Murial and I looking through all the great notes from bygone classes. Memorably took a fantastic Hinges and mechanisms class with master goldsmith, Charles Lewton-Brain, the inventor of fold-forming and founder of the Ganoksin Project, that indispensable forum for all metal smiths.
I have just been thumbing through his fabulous Foldforming book, an exercise nearly as motivational as taking the course at Revere.
Lewton-Brain is very generous with his knowledge and his books are a treat. I took tons and tons of notes and also did a lot of funny little portraits of Lewton-Brain in the margin of the notebook.
He gave us copies of his slide presentation and I filled up my moleskin book with notes and doodles of my own. Flipping through those notes brimming with technical advice on tools and how to make a variety of mechanisms and sculptural shapes is incredibly helpful when thinking about new designs.
Following are some pieces I made over the past 5 years that involved fold-forming or similar sculptural techniques on silver and copper.
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