Explorations in 3D-Weaving and Basketry, Metals and More
Using natural materials, metals, paper, alternative, and found materials, participants will explore the many possibilities of both basketry and sculptural shapes. Twining, plaiting, coiling, knotting, and many other options for vessel forms will be explored. Students will have an opportunity to work in any scale they wish, even exploring the techniques and 3-D forms for jewelry size pieces. Metal work, embossing, enameling, and patinas will all be covered along with woven and cold connections. Weaving with natural materials, basketry reed and cane, and alternative materials will be encouraged. Mixing techniques in both metal and fiber and alternative surfaces will all be presented. This is a class of exploration between materials and 3-dimensional shapes. Basket weaving will be one of the ways that students can achieve shapes, vessels, and containers. Students are encouraged to bring images that inspire and ideas for shapes, color, and texture for interpretation for work.
Mary Hettmansperger is the owner of Gallery 64 in Wabash, Indiana. Mary has taught in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the UK, and Singapore internationally, and at Arrowmont, Penland, Bead and Button, Convergence, National and Regional Fiber conferences, Art and Craft Schools, and private Guilds across the US for 30 years. Mary has authored and illustrated 4 books: Fabulous Woven Jewelry; Wrap, Stitch, Fold and Rivet; Mixed Metal Jewelry Workshop; and Heat, Color, Set and Fire, all published by Lark/Sterling. She has also produced 3 DVD’s for Interweave on surface design and jewelry. Other books that have featured Mary’s work include Jewelry Design Challenge, 500 Baskets, Fiber Arts Design Book 7, The Gourd Book, Creative Scarecrows, Pushing the Envelope, Fabulous Found Object Jewelry, Teapots: Makers and Collectors, Beading with Crystals, and Creative Beading Volume 2. Mary has had work exhibited at private galleries, SOFA, and invitational exhibits. She does segments for PBS programming, on-line workshops, and you-tube segments – with Beads Baubles & Jewels, and with Quilting Art – and has had her work published in many magazines, including Quilting Arts, Art Jewelry, Bead and Button, Beadwork, Shuttle Spindle and Dye Pot, and Crafts Report.
I truly love what I do, both in my Artwork and in my personal life. I have a passion for life itself and try to portray that feeling in all my Artwork. Each piece of my work is used as a reference for the next; building upon the successes, then improving and refining. My work is currently going through a state of transition. This is an exciting and fulfilling time in my career as an artist, one of exploration and creativity in which I am discovering new directions in my work. I find my inspiration from everything that grows, whether in Nature, Relationships, or Life itself. Change is the fuel for my creative spirit.
Website: Mary Hettmansperger
Drill and a variety of bits
Glue – variety (can also have glue gun and sticks)
Spray bottle for water
Students are encouraged to bring their own materials since Mary will be limited on the amount of materials she can bring. – however, Mary will have some materials to sell and students can purchase materials from Mary throughout the week if needed. Students ONLY need to bring the materials they are interested in using; here are suggestions:
#2 #3 #4, #6 round reed
11/64 flat or flat-oval, 1/8 flat or flat-oval
fine/fine cane, and any other weaving materials
24 gauge copper sheet
26, 28, 20, 18, 16 gauge wires – all kinds copper, other metals and craft
Hardware cloth, meshes, screens, found materials
Known materials only…… make sure they are non irritating, bug free and NON-poison! vines, barks, or other natural materials
Found branches and sticks – Hard, non brittle
Gourds, pods, strong flexible grasses, leaves
Raffia, ropes, seagrass (all sizes), ropes, yarns, string, cording
Carpet linen, cotton carpet thread, Irish waxed linen…. 6, 12, 4, ply or any other size students want to work in. Any strong fiber thread will work.
Paper – any… more interesting the better.
Fabric or other soft items
Found objects, items – larger items can be used as interesting bases or integrated into sculptural forms.
Small found items can be used as surface embellishment. (remember multiples of the same thing are very handy and effective – ex> nails, washers, small toys, every day items)
Beads and embellishments
Use your imagination and bring bits of fun stuff…..