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

 
 

Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition 2013


First place
Yuka Okane Inoue
"Looking Up At the Sky II"

Artist description:  It represents me, looking up at the sky and thinking about my mother who passed away.
Dimensions: 3" x 3" x 3.5" 
Material: Sterling silver, fine silver, Japanese alloys, diamond
Origin: Lake Forest, IL, U.S. 
Photo by Guy Nicol.

Second place
Rauni Higson
"Persephone Vase"

Artist description:  Tall Vase, raised, with rising Fold-formed element inserted.
Dimensions: Height 55cm 
Material: Britannia Silver
Origin: Caernarfon, Wales, U.K.
Photo by Clarissa Bruce.


Third place
Ed Lay
"FF Bowl 5"

Artist description:  Enamel on cross & line folded copper, synclastic & anticlastic raised.  Enamel both highlights and is influenced by the shape of the fold formed metal.
Dimensions: 6" x 6" x 3.5"
Material: Copper, Vitreous Enamel
Origin: El Cerrito, CA, U.S.

Honorable Mention
Gayle Whiteley Minjarez
"Origami Bracelet"

Artist description: Fold formed and reticulated sections form this bracelet. Framed in sterling silver with hinged connections. Completed with a fabricated box clasp with safety catch.
Dimensions: 1" x 6 3/4"
Material: Sterling silver and reticulation silver. 
Origin: Santa Barbara, CA, U.S.

Honorable Mention
Eva Zuzuarregui
"Viento en Cara"

Artist Description: This piece suggests the ephemeral moment of the air caressing the skin, or the wind embracing a sail boat. It conveys the lightness of a brief sensation. Photo Credit: Seth Papac
Dimensions: 8 1/2" x 6 1/2" x 1/2"
Material: Sterling Silver
Origin: Carlsbad, CA, U.S.
Photo by Seth Papac.

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Jurors' Choice 

Charles Lewton-Brain, Hazel Wheaton, and Rhoda Weber Mack also recognize these Jurors' Choice entries:
Mira Benoni, "Blooming Basket"
Pat Downing, Untitled
Robert Fear, "Star Earrings"
Christine Finch, "Gathering"
Rauni Higson, "Fore-armed"
Rauni Higson, "Spinal"

Yuka Okane Inoue, "Find Me; I'm Here"
Denys Knight, "Rip Tide"
Denys Knight, "Winter Moon"
Ed Lay, "FF Bowl 6"

Kenneth MacBain "Salt and Pepper Shakers" (2)
Mary K McIntyre, "Por Frida"
Mary K McIntyre, "Georgia's Orchid"
Kaiya Rainbolt, "Evolution"
Liz Reed, "Leafy Sea Dragon"
Bill Roberts, "aSpire"
Greta Schiegg, "Zipper Cuff"
Catherine Sheedy, "Connexion"
Susan Thornton, "Swirling Leaves"

Click open each image to see the full piece and caption. Enjoy!
Congratulations, all!
 
 
This is my 2012 wrap-up video, just finished this morning. 
http://youtu.be/U5aWvYl6dQk  
If you're seeing a blurry thumbnail it should update at some point, when Youtube gets around to it.  Here is some of the video description:

www.suelacydesigns.com (blog: SueLacy Wired.)  These are selections of my foldform work from the year 2012.  Foldforming is a metal technique developed by world renowned goldsmith and educator, Charles Lewton-Brain. The technique results in three dimensional organic designs. 

I’m fortunate to have learned foldforming from Charles at the Center for Metal Arts in Florida, New York.  He visits annually to offer a 4-day conference / workshop that is simply off the charts.  The next one is Aug 2-5, 2013; for information contact info@centerformetalarts.com .  Seating is limited but I don’t mind sharing the news since my seat is already reserved.  Can’t wait-- this will be my third visit!  

I was the official live blogger of the 5th Annual Charles Lewton-Brain Conference in 2012.  If you’d like the insider’s view to last year’s shindigs, here you go… press your nose up to the studio glass and catch some precious moments.  www.suelacydesigns.com/1/post/2012/08/blog-index-for-5th-annual-charles-lewton-brain-conference.html .  

Metal artists:  The annual Lewton-Brain Foldform Award competition coincides with the conference each year.  If you want to compete, stay tuned to www.centerformetalarts.com for this year’s details.  View this video to see the 2012 results:  http://youtu.be/r2s0d1HqU7Q 

Over the past couple years I’ve worked with Charles and Center for Metal Arts to build community around foldforming.  Visit the public Facebook page at www.facebook.com/foldforming.  Or if you are a metalsmith join us at Foldforming Central, a specialty group for metalsmiths around the world at http://www.facebook.com/foldforming .  (Contact me directly via Facebook to request membership if your profile doesn’t show your metal work.)

Thanks for visiting!  
Sue Lacy / Jewelry artist, metalsmith, and community organizer
www.suelacydesigns.com

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Hey my thumb is all healed up, so I'm finally ready to start on 2013 metal projects.  Yay!
 
 
Winners of the inaugural Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition were announced on Aug 6, 2012 at the 5th Annual Charles Lewton-Brain Conference hosted by the Center for Metal Arts in downstate, New York. This video showcases the winning entries and also twenty Jurors' Choice pieces selected from among the hundreds of entries submitted by artists around the world. 

"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 

Jurors:  Charles Lewton-Brain, Tim McCreight, Ed Mack.

Competition Winners 
First place: "Undersea Candelabra" by Rauni Higson; Second place:  "Spiritus" by Theresa Nguyen; Third place:  "Quadrant" by Kaiya Rainbolt; Honorable Mention:  "Pleated Silver Drinking Set" by Grant McCaig.

Jurors' Choice featured artists 
Alison Antelman, Melody Armstrong, Peter Danilo, Christine Finch, Deborah Jemmott, Sue Lacy, Evelyn Markasky, Theresa Nguyen, Aimee Petkus, Judith Renstrom, Anna Robinson, George Sawyer, Brad Severtson, Lyn Stoll, Patricia Tschetter, Paul Wells, Anne Wolf.

Resources
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 downstate, New York.  Visit www.centerformetalarts.com for more information and visit this SueLacy Wired post for an extensive live blog documenting the 2012 conference in text, photos, and video. 

If you work with metal and would like to join the official Foldforming group on Facebook, visit here:  http://www.facebook.com/groups/foldforming .  (If your public Facebook profile does not reflect your involvement with metal, please message me with details.) 

 
 
Yeah that was probably too long for a blog post title.  Tinyurl.com, here I come.  But guess what?  I'm the official live blogger for the 5th Annual Charles Lewton-Brain Conference!!!!!!

Maybe I'm a little excited :-D

LIVE BLOG AUG 3-6, right here on SueLacy Wired! 
Can't make it to the 5th Annual Charles Lewton-Brain Conference?  Keep tabs on it right here on SueLacy Wired.  I've been asked to live-blog the event-- woohoo!  As a returning student, I will make time to share what's going on, snap some great photos, and try to include some video snippets too.  My next post will give you more details.   

For more info about the conference, check out the Center for Metal Arts web site.  They'll have a note about the live blog soon, too.

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Last year's students learn about foldforming from its inventor, Charles Lewton-Brain.
What have I been up to this week?  Well, about that.  Grrr

Cuffs, cuffs, cuff... they are so much fun to make.  Recently it occurred to me that I almost never plan a cuff.  Literally, I often pick up a sheet of copper with no idea where it's going.  There must be a big piece of my brain operating under my radar because next thing I know, I'm banging away.  Kind of freaks me out.

Since that seems like a weakness rather than a strength, I sat down with pencil and paper to plan out some cuffs.  Because I so admire and envy all you artists with your little sketch books filled with ideas.

Instant brain freeze.  Jeesh.

So I decided to peruse my cuff photos to get things going again.  It seemed like a good idea to collect a bunch into a collage for future reference.  And that's where I stand at the moment -- with a collage but no new cuff this week.  LOL.  Might as well share the collage.
On a positive note...

I did finish up a made-to-order, wire-wrapped Tree of Life this week.  It's fine silver, amethyst, and peridot -- very nice combination!    I like making these by request because it's always fun to see new colors unfold.  I seem to tweak the frame design a bit every time.  But I try to make just one every month or two, to keep it fresh and fun.  Trees should not be tedious ;-)
OK.  That's it for this week but come back to hear all about the 5th Annual Charles Lewton-Brain Conference!  I'll start one monster post and keep adding to it all four days, Aug 3-6.

Do you want to learn foldforming from Charles Lewton-Brain, its inventor?  He will be at Center for Metal Arts Aug 3-6.  I'll be there again this year... why not you too?  Click here for the invitation or leave me a comment and I'll hook you up.   Still not sure?  This video will give you a little taste...   http://youtu.be/_0Noad96KsI  ***And here's a new development -- for a special discount, say that Sue Lacy sent you!  

 
 
Let's get my little post out of the way first, and then to the important stuff.

One of the first things I ever grabbed to foldform was a piece of plumbing pipe.  It just happened to be laying around the house.  I liked the result but that's as far as it went.  Then last week I saw a demo for making a puffed ring with dapping tools, and thought about that pipe again.  So I cut off some short lengths, annealed them with my torch, and started hammering them into my dapping block.   Here is what I got.
Too bad I can't get any two to look alike, because don't you think the one in front would make a great eye?  (Hehe little things make me happy.) 

Yes, I know.  Get back to jewelry, crazy girl.

Anyway.

Guess what's coming up?

A Foldforming Conference with Charles Lewton-Brain
I have a VERY exciting trip coming up in a few short weeks, Aug 3-6.  I will be at the  Center of Metal Arts in New York for more incredible foldforming instruction from Charles Lewton-Brain.  YOU COULD GO TOO.  There are still spaces left!  Check out the web site http://centerformetalarts.com and click on Upcoming Seminars in the left column.  
NOTE:  Ask about available housing and work-trade opportunities!!

And a foldform competition DEADLINE JUNE 30
After registering, keep scrolling down to see the Call for Entries for the inaugural Lewton-Brain Foldform Award.  If you do foldforming, enter your pieces!  It's a great way to get your work in front of amazing judges Charles Lewton-Brain, Tim McCreight, and Ed Mack.  And if you do metal at all, I'm absolutely sure you own a copy of The Complete Metalsmith by Tim McCreight... or have received copies of those pages as handouts in class-- Right?

Not quite sure?  
Here is a great write-up about the event: 
Foldform Inventor Charles Lewton-Brain to Give Away Jewelers' Secrets at NY Summer Event 

...and a tasty video to push you over the edge.   
Now enter the competition and get your work in front of these world class judges!!
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Charles Lewton-Brain
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Tim McCreight
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Ed Mack (far left)
Ed Mack was awarded the Julius Blum Award in March 2012 for contribution to the national metal arts community.
 
 
Interviews!
I am featured on Greg Turner's blog on the Fringe Outfitters web site on Feb 1, 2011. Greg, thanks for the great interview!  Check it out here.

And, Greg was interviewed by Columbus Alive recently for their a-list series.
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This sterling silver and freshwater pearl necklace was featured with the interview.
 

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