Enamel Jewellery Making Workshop // Saturday 23 February
Time: 10.30am - 4pm
Location: The Biscuit Factory Gallery
Hosted by: Rachel Butlin
Suitable for ages 16+
Join us for a jewellery making workshop with jeweller Rachel Butlin and create a beautiful piece to take home. Rachel seeks to challenge the way in which people perceive a piece of jewellery by carefully combining colour and materials.
In this workshop you will learn the process of enamelling, from application to firing, to create a range of colourful samples on copper. You will translate these samples using stitch, pegging and riveting, into either a pair of earrings or a pendant, incorporating beautiful tactile materials.
Please note: If you wish to use silver this will be an additional £10-£15 on the day payable directly to the artist.
Workshop participants will receive one to one tuition and all materials and use of equipment will be provided.
Rachel Butlin studied at Nottingham Trent University, gaining an First Class Hons Degree in Decorative Arts - specialising in Metalwork, along with other mixed media processes.
Rachel seeks to challenge the concepts of contemporary interactive and wearable jewellery producing a range of high end, mixed material wearable pieces. She loves to challenge the way in which people perceive a piece, by creating small scale sculpture that can be worn on the body, in a way chosen by the wearer. Carefully considering material combination and placement, her work often explores bespoke materials, evoking curiosity between the piece and the wearer themselves.
Intrigued by Japanese culture and tradition, the art of placement and cultural colour palettes remain central in designs. Rachel's inspiration is drawn from Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement, which focuses on harmony, colour use, rhythm and elegantly simple design. She is also fascinated by Japanese traditional architecture, unique characteristics bringing together natural materials and colours, with dark and bright contrasts. This is reflected in her playful and detailed approach to design and the making process. She gathers materials in a collection, waiting to explore them through combination and placement, in a 3D drawing process.
Drawing with materials is an essential part of her practice, with linear forms, featuring strongly alongside geometric shapes and spaces. These ideas and themes are explore through bold strikes of colour and simple lines, bought together to create statement brooches, rings and neckpieces. By stacking, layering and placing components together, she finds different ways of constructing pieces using traditional jewellery techniques such as setting and riveting. This process allows her to explore and explode original thoughts, creating new ideas from one original starting point.
A discount voucher for use in The Factory Kitchen café will be provided for all workshop participants. Workshop participants are also welcome to bring their own packed lunch.
All participants will receive an emailed booking confirmation and a reminder email close to the event.