i'm really pleased and excited to announce that i will once again be teaching a jewelry workshop in the lovely NC coastal town of Wilmington, May 2-3. the class will be held in the sweet studio of my artist friend, Kim Beller - who out of the blue texted me yesterday morning and asked when i would like to come back for another weekend of teaching techniques, camraderie, and creativity. i love Wilmington, love the ten minute drive to the beach, love being able to visit with my son Roy, love being able to bring walter along for the fun. the November 2013 group of gals was especially lovely, and Kim provided an encouraging and supportive atmosphere where we could all share and learn together.
this time around, i'll be sharing a wonderful net-wrapping technique that is easy on the hands and provides a wonderful look and tactile touch to focal treasures that are transformed into beautiful keepsake pieces of jewelry. since we have two full days, we will be able to spend ample time learning and honing the netting technique before launching into the necklaces (or bracelets) that each of us will design with our own unique looks. (please see note at bottom). this is wonderful for bits and pieces gathered on the seashore - small driftwood sticks, shells, worn beach glass, little bottles of sand. we will spend a good amount of time discussing how to pull assorted treasures from the backs of drawers or shelves and create an "inspiration board" or montage tray that will help us find ways to bring a certain look or group of colors together into a unified jewelry design. even the much larger bits from nature - pine cones, chunky driftwood bits, porcelain hands, hanks of beads - can all serve as catalysts for designs that might be forming in the subconscious corners of our minds.
i'm greatly looking forward to being with a group of kindred spirits on the coast of my beloved north carolina in the lovely spring month of may. after a long and difficult winter, this will be a glorious way to celebrate growth, newness, rebirth that always come with spring. the details have yet to be ironed out, but please let me know that you are interested. three people have already claimed spots, three more are waiting for workshop details and are certain they will attend. this leaves six more spots....
i'll be travelling all day tomorrow. if you wish to email kim for further details, her email address is email@example.com and mine is firstname.lastname@example.org - the cost will be $320.00 for two days, which will include the use of kim's work space and assorted snacks/drinks. there are ample hotels in the area, and kim would be happy to advise on those choices for what is near her home. i'll be back here with a clearer description of the workshop, and a materials list, later this week. til then
(* i wanted to add this morning before i hit the road that this workshop is open to all levels of experience, beginners on up.... several of you had written to express concern that you might not be at an appropriate level to take the class, but i can assure you that you are! the workshop size is small - 12 maximum - and i will spend a lot of one on one time working with each of you. you needn't spend any more or less time than you wish on any one technique. the whole concept of this workshop is to create a meaningful piece of jewelry that tells your own story, whether it be with simple strung seashells, hammered word pieces, embroidered bits of cloth components. the wire netting technique is something that i've been utilitizing in my own jewelry for the past months, and have had quite a few folks ask if i would ever teach them how to weave it.
the price for the two day workshop is $320. i'm offering an early bird special through April 5, Easter Sunday, of $295.00 for those of you who sign up and pay between now and the 5th. after that, the price will be $320. all payments must be made in full. in the event of an unforeseen emergency with kim or myself, all payments will be fully refunded. cancellations by students after a certain date - i'll determine that tomorrow - will be unrefundable, outside of a serious emergency, simply for the benefit of students on a waiting list who would need to make their own plans to come. i'll be creating a paypal button, with a direct link to paypal, for you to use. thanks so much!