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JEWELRY DESIGN DISCUSSION SEMINARS
"Why do some pieces of jewelry draw your attention, and others do not?"
JEWELRY DESIGN DISCUSSION SEMINARS
Beaders' Circle / Meetup Group One Saturday each month, usually the first Saturday ...Discussion Seminar on a Jewelry Design Topic, from 1-2:30pm ...Open "Work and Play" for Beaders' Circle/Meetup Group from 2:30-5pm Limited to 12 particiants. No fees. Bring your own lunch.
For each discussion seminar, PLEASE RSVP to Warren that you will be coming, so he can have sufficient materials ready. Phone (615-292-0610), or Email (firstname.lastname@example.org). -- Thanks. Anyone may come, bring your own lunch, and bring whatever projects you are working on, and work on them, share them, and the like. No fees. The Jewelry Design Discussion Seminars are monthly discussions of important topics related to the idea of "Good Jewelry Design". What is it? How does it come into play? How do we empower good jewelry designers? How does good jewelry design influence what materials we select or what techniques we select? What do we look for? How do we know something is well-designed, or not well-designed? What is good "contemporary" design and how does it differ from good "traditional" design?
"Jewelry is art, but only art as it is worn. That’s a powerful idea, but we somewhat ignore it, when thinking about making jewelry. We like to follow steps. We like to make beautiful things. But too often, we avoid having to think about the difficult choices and tradeoffs we need to make, when searching for that balance among aesthetics, functionality, context, materials and technique.
While the topics are all interrelated, they are presented somewhat independently, so it is not necessary to have participated in previous seminars in order to take the next one. Discussion Format: 1. Define the basic ideas underlying the topic and pose series of questions for guided discussion 2. Examine examples of jewelry and how the topic might come into play 3. Identify consequences if we lose sight of a concise understanding of good design 4. Summarize things learned today What you will need to bring...
Good jewelry design must answer questions and teach practitioners about managing the processes of selecting materials, implementing techniques, and constructing the piece from one end to the other. We tend to teach students to very mechanically follow a series of steps. What we should be doing, instead, at least from the Design Perspective is teach students how to make choices when managing at the boundary between jewelry and person."
-- Warren (my soapbox about Good Jewelry Design)
- Paper and Pencil
- Bead Board
- Assortment of round beads (about 50-100 beads) in 3 diffent sizes in two contrasting colors (like black and white, or purple and yellow)
- Pictures or pieces of jewelry you would like, given the month's topic, people to react to, or for you to make particular point(s) in discussion
JEWELRY DESIGN DISCUSSION SEMINARSUpcoming dates...(Don't forget to RSVP to Warren that you are coming). Limited to 12 participants. It is not necessary to have participated in previous seminars in order to take the next one.
Sat, 1/6/18, 1-5pm No seminar planned today
Sat, 2/3/18, 1-2:30pm TOPIC: GOOD DESIGN:
Why do some pieces of jewelry draw your attention, and others do not? What does it mean to be "fluent in design"?
Sat, 3/3/18, 1-2:30pm TOPIC: CONTEMPORARY DESIGN:
How does our contemporary expectations for design differ from traditional ones? from fashion, style and taste?
Sat, 4/7/18, 1-2:30pm TOPIC: COMPOSITION:
What are the kinds of principles you need to follow or help guide you in order to get a Good Design?
Sat, 5/5/18, 1-2:30pm TOPIC: MANIPULATION:
What strategies work best when manipulating principles of good design? How can the designer create jewelry which reflects the artist's hand?
Sat, 6/2/18, 1-2:30pm TOPIC: RESONANCE:
To what extent can the artist enhance how a piece of jewelry evokes an emotional response?
Sat, 7/7/18, 1-2:30pm TOPIC: BEADS AND COLOR:
How does the bead assert its need for color? How do the gaps of light between beads, and the various positive and negative spaces that a piece of jewelry displays affect a person's appreciation for the piece? What if we defined "jewelry design" as the manipulation of light and shadow? What kinds of things about color related to jewelry and beads do not get covered in a typical art class?
Sat, 8/4/18, 1-2:30pm TOPIC: POINTS, LINES, SHAPES, FORMS, THEMES:
How do you get from one bead, to two beads, then several beads, then a type of shape or pattern or texture, to something that gets recognized by shape, form or theme? How do you best define, create, and use components, forms and structures?
Sat, 9/8/18, 1-2:30pm TOPIC: ARCHITECTURAL BASICS:
What kinds of things can you do to structures within your pieces to enhance, movement, drape, flow, and durabaility? What does it mean to manage "support" within a piece? How can you build in architectural features like parabolic arches? How might the physicality of wearing jewelry equate to personal confidence?
Sat, 10/6/18, 1-2:30pm TOPIC: APPLICATIONS: CONTEMPORIZING TRADITIONAL JEWELRY:
How does our contemporary expectations for design differ from traditional ones? from fashion, style and taste?What does it mean to "contemporize" traditional jewelry? What makes the "traditional" stand apart from the "contemporary"? Does the jewelry artist do something different when making a piece that would clearly be seen as contemporary, and not traditional?
Sat, 11/3/18, 1-2:30pm TOPIC: APPLICATIONS: MIXED MEDIA/MIXED METHODS:
How do you best manage the processes of selecting materials and selecting techniques? How can mixing media or techniques help or hinder the success of your jewelry design?
Sat, 12/1/18, 1-2:30pm TOPIC: APPLICATIONS: DESIGNING AN UGLY NECKLACE:
Can you put together a well-designed and functional, yet UGLY, necklace? It’s Not Easy To Do Ugly! Your mind and eye won’t let you go there. As research into color and design has shown, your eye and brain compensate for imbalances in color or in the positioning of pieces and objects – they try to correct and harmonize them. You are pre-wired to subconsciously avoid anything that is disorienting, disturbing or distracting. Because of this, any jewelry designer who attempts to achieve “Ugly,” has to have enough control and discipline to override, perhaps overcome, intuitive, internally integrated principles of good design. So...Can you do it -- Can you design a necklace that is ugly, hideous, unsatsifying and what have you?
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