Bryan Petersen: Sustainable Jewelry From Recycled Materials
February 18-21, 2016
Workshop Description: Learn how to create your own eco fashions. Work with Alternative Materials such as license plates, street signs, tin cans, bottle caps, and others that you choose. Move away from toxic processes and enter a world of post-consumer recycled materials and cold connections. Making work that is sustainable validates our creations in a throwaway age. The act of accessorizing doesn’t have to deplete the earth’s resources and pollute air and water quality.
Students will acquire the knowledge to combine various materials with low-tech methods. This class will prepare you to begin working with essential tools and a portable studio. Sustainable Jewelry is a great workshop for all metalsmithing levels. This workshop will review the basics of drilling, sawing, sanding and filing. We will cover cold connecting techniques such as: riveting with wire and tubing, pop riveting, and use of machine fasteners. It will also cover design strategies, patternmaking, primitive prong setting, fold forming, and sinking. Bring materials from your recycling bin and design unique and sustainable pieces.
Bio: Bryan Petersen received his B.A. in Metalsmithing at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT, and an M.F.A. in Metals, from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Art-Metalsmithing at Montana State University. He has taught at The Arthur Morgan School, Georgia Southern University, Arrowmont, Ghost Ranch, and The Bear Canyon School of Art and Craft. His work is published in Lark Books, Fabulous Jewelry From Found Objects and Iron Wire Jewelry, Hollan Publishers, Mixed Media Collage Jewelry: New Directions in Memory Jewelry, and A&C Black’s Jewelry From Recycled Materials. Learn more about Bryan at www.bryan-petersen.com.