workshop 4:

Textile Techniques in Metal
with Erika Leitner

  • where: Sydney College of the Arts, Rozelle
  • when: 30 January to 3 February 2006, five days (post-conference)
  • cost: $525 students $450

Precious and non-precious metal wires, ranging from 0.5mm to 0.8 mm gauge can be knitted in such a way to achieve a beautiful three dimensional form which can then be transformed into a piece of jewellery or object. The constant strain of bending the wire will make it hard and difficult to work with, thus it will have to be annealed from time to time to make it soft and pliable again.

This textile technique in metal doesn’t require students to have much former metal experience. It only requires creativity and the desire to work with their hands to make beautiful pieces of jewellery.

The objective of the class is for the students to walk away with at least one piece of jewellery or object and to have an in-depth knowledge of the textile technique which they can continue to explore on their own after the class

Erika is a distinguished artist whose work is held in many European collections, including the Government of Austria, the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna, the Treptov Museum, Berlin, Norma Copley Collection, New York and the Collection of the Royal Family in Kuwait. In 2002 she was awarded the title Professorin by the Government of Austria for services to the artistic community. She was the first Austrian jeweller to receive this honour.

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