Monday, April 16, 2012

Masako's Woolsmithing Workshop at Tap

Last Saturday we hosted Masako Onodera and her Woolsmithing Workshop at the studio.
We had a wonderful day learning the different methods of needle felting. It's a fiber based technique that is appealing to jewelers because of the variety of different shapes and forms possible to create.
The small 3 dimensional shapes of felt can easily be incorporated onto metal structures such as earring or pin backs. Introducing us to a more organic way of combining materials without typical metalsmithing techniques such as solder or rivets.

 hard at work
   a plethora of Masako's work
a lovely finished piece

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Todd's gold panning trip in this month's American Craft Magazine!

Here is a link to the article in American Craft featuring the trip Todd made last year.  The primary focus of the project was to bring awareness to mining and supply chain issues. 
Have a look at these short videos!