2013 has been busy and exciting. I haven't been posting here often, I know.  There hasn't been much time for the studio and that's usually what I post about.  Listen -- if I don't start posting new work weekly again, someone PLEASE get on my case. I'll be at Columbus Winterfair again this year (yay!) Dec 6-8 and need to get ready. And I MISS the studio. Don't wait until the last minute... don't wait until the last minute... don't wait  
More about that show later...

What really got me out here, though, is Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition news -- it's so exciting how the event has taken off in just over a year. 

... and then please scroll down and see what I've been up to lately. <grn>

News: The 2013 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition
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I have some great publicity to share. The center spread of November's Art Jewelry magazine is dedicated to the 2013 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition results! You'll see the winning entries (1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, and our two Honorable Mentions) featured beautifully across the pages. Pick them up from newsstands a week from today!

Accompanying the magazine is a wonderful online gallery that includes not only the winning pieces, but all the Jurors' Choice selections too. Readers can click each entry to view the full image with description, and views are tallied right on the page.


Many of the featured artists are members of the foldforming group that I admin on Facebook. If you are a metalsmith interested in foldforming, please join us there! (Note: read the "about" page before signing up. If your Facebook page doesn't show your metal work, you'll need to contact me.)

What else?

The other news I have is about me! A couple weeks ago I accepted a fantastic opportunity...  I'm now the Acting Director of the Center for Metal Arts (CMA) in downstate New York.  SO jazzed about this. 

No lie, I completely fell in love with CMA in July 2011, on my very first visit. Here is my post about it; my first foldforming workshop with Charles Lewton-Brain. I loved the atmosphere, the people, the caliber of education they offer-- everything. I've been working on various projects with them ever since (and the Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition might be my favorite project EVER.)

This video was one of my first projects in the new position. It's a small window into a magical place. Hope you like it.

 
Pretty sure my next post will be something from the studio. Check back next week and leave me a scolding message if that doesn't happen!!
 
 
The video is out! Details (from the YouTube description) below.
Winners of the 2013 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition were announced on Aug 5, 2013 by the Center for Metal Arts in Florida, New York at www.centerformetalarts.com. This video celebrates the winning entries and also twenty Jurors' Choice pieces selected from among entries received from artists around the world.
 
Jurors: Charles Lewton-Brain, Hazel Wheaton, and Rhoda Weber Mack. Sponsors: Rio Grande, Art Jewelry magazine, and The Ganoksin Project. Host: Center for Metal Arts, Florida, New York. Competition Director: Sue Lacy.

FIRST PLACE: Looking Up At the Sky II, by Yuka Okane Inoue, of Lake Forest, IL, U.S.; Sterling and fine silver, Japanese alloys, diamond. 3 x 3 x 3.5 in. (7.6 x 7.6 x 8.9 cm). Photo by Guy Nicol.

SECOND PLACE: Persephone Vase, by Rauni Higson, of Caernarfon, Wales, U.K.; Britannia silver. 55 cm tall (21.7 in). Photo by Clarissa Bruce.

THIRD PLACE: FF Bowl 5, by Ed Lay, of El Cerrito, Calif., U.S.; Copper, vitreous enamel. 6 x 6 x 3.5 in. (15.2 x 15.2 x 8.9 cm).

HONORABLE MENTION: Origami Bracelet, by Gayle Whiteley Minjarez, of Santa Barbara, Calif., U.S.; Sterling and reticulation silver. 1 x 6.75 in. (2.5 x 17.1 cm).

HONORABLE MENTION: Viento en Cara, by Eva Zuzuarregui, of Carlsbad, Calif., U.S.; Sterling silver. 8.5 x 6.5 x .5 in. (21.6 x 16.5 x 1.3 cm). Photo by Seth Papac.


JURORS' CHOICE:

Blooming Basket, by Mira Benoni, of El Cerrito, Calif., U.S.; Enameled copper, electroplated copper mesh and branches. 11 x 15 x 7 in. (27.9 x 38.1 x 17.8 cm).

Untitled, by Pat Downing, of San Diego, Calif., U.S.; Copper, steel, patina. 7 x 4 x 2 ft. (2.1 x 1.2 x .6 m).

Star Earrings by Robert Fear, of Auckland, New Zealand; Copper, silver. 22 x 22 x 11 mm (.9 x .9 x .4 in).

Gathering, by Christine Finch, of Richmond, Calif., U.S.; Copper, vitreous enamel. 8 x 7 x 2 in. (20.3 x 17.8 x 5 cm). Photo by Ed Lay.

Fore-armed, by Rauni Higson, of Caernarfon, Wales, U.K.; Patinated gilding metal. 14 x 11 cm (5.5 x 4.3 in). Photo by Jan Davies.

Spinal, by Rauni Higson, of Caernarfon, Wales, U.K.; Patinated copper, 21 x 18 cm. (8.3 x 7 in). Photo by Jan Davies.

Find Me; I'm Here, by Yuka Okane Inoue, of Lake Forest, IL, U.S., Copper, sterling silver, found object, diamond. 5.1 x 3.5 x 1.6 in. (13 x 8.9 x 4.1 cm). Photo by Guy Nicol.

Rip Tide, by Denys Knight, of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, U.S.; Copper, Swarovski crystals. 7 x 10.5 in. (17.8 x 26.7 cm). 

Winter Moon, by Denys Knight, of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, U.S.; Copper, silver. 2.38 x 6 in. (6 x 15.2 cm).

FF Bowl 6, by Ed Lay, of El Cerrito, Calif., U.S.; Copper, vitreous enamel. 10 x 10 x 4 in. (25.4 x 25.4 x 10.2 cm).

Salt and Pepper Shakers, by Kenneth MacBain, of Morristown, NJ, U.S.; Sterling silver, topaz, garnet. 5 x 2.25 x 2.5 in. (13 x 5.7 x 6.4 cm).

Salt and Pepper Shakers (2), by Kenneth MacBain, of Morristown, NJ, U.S.; Sterling silver, 18K gold, topaz, garnet. 3.5 x 1; 5 x 2 in. (8.9 x 2.5; 13 x 5 cm).

Por Frida, by Mary K McIntyre, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Bronze sheet. 7 x 5.5 x 1.5 in. (17.8 x 14 x 3.8 cm). Photo by Paul Ambtman.

Georgia's Orchid, by Mary K McIntyre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Bronze sheet. 5.5 x 6.5 x 2 in. (14 x 16.5 x 5 cm). Photo by Paul Ambtman.

Evolution, by Kaiya Rainbolt, of San Diego, Calif., U.S.; Steel, vitreous enamel. Six pieces; 8 x 8 x 4 in. (20.3 x 20.3 x 10.2 cm).

Leafy Sea Dragon, by Liz Reed, of Naracoorte, South Australia; Copper. Dragon height 5 in. (12.7 cm). Photo by Steve Bourne.

aSpire, by Bill Roberts, of Ocala, FL, U.S.; Aluminum. 12 x 4.5 x 2 ft. (3.7 x 1.4 x .6 m)

Zipper Cuff, by Greta Schiegg, of Cottonwood, AZ, U.S.; Sterling silver. 1.5 x 2.5 x 2.25 in. (3.8 x 6.4 x 5.7 cm). Photo by Jerome Photos.

Connexion, by Catherine Sheedy, of Levis, Quebec, Canada; Sterling silver, PVC pipe, rubber electric wire. 50 x 50 x 1.5 cm. (19.7 x 19.7 x .6 in.)

Swirling Leaves, by Susan Thornton, of Watertown, TN, U.S.; Sterling silver. 4 x 4 x 2.75 in. (10.2 x 10.2 x 7 cm). Photo by John Lucas.

The annual competition is open to artists everywhere and coincides with the Charles Lewton-Brain Conference on Foldforming. Both are hosted by Center for Metal Arts in Florida, New York. Visit www.centerformetalarts.com for more information; visit SueLacy Wired at http://tinyurl.com/8ore8nh for an extensive live blog documenting the 2012 conference in text, photos, and video. 

"It is wonderful to see the beautiful objects and new developments in foldforming that are occurring. The pieces here represent the best of what is being created today using foldforming." -- Charles Lewton-Brain 

If you work with metal and would like to join the official Foldforming group on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/groups/foldforming

 

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