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
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.


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.

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. 
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

Hey my thumb is all healed up, so I'm finally ready to start on 2013 metal projects.  Yay!
2012 ended with a little mishap in the kitchen.  I sliced off a small piece of my thumb with a mandolin slicer.  Wow those things work great and not just on veggies.  So on New Year’s Eve our afternoon was spent at an Urgent Care getting my thumb wrapped up by a very nice doctor who obviously specializes in something else entirely, and our evening was spent at the ER getting the first ridiculous mess corrected.  

You know you're in trouble when the ER nurse and doctor bust out laughing at the handiwork of your Urgent Care doctor.  

This is the part I sliced completely off, nice and clean.  Clearly stitches were not an option.  Thank goodness the mandolin was set at 1/8" and not 1/4" right?

You're welcome for not posting my actual bloody thumb.  If you want to see one, Google away... there are plenty posted out there.  

Why share this?  

According to the ER, this often happens around the holidays when people are cooking more (you know, those of us who rarely cook otherwise) and in the summer when we're pruning in the garden.  And some of us here are metalsmiths who use jewelers' saws and metal shears year round.  So it seems right to share a few tips, obvious as they may seem, since they would  have helped me.  

Let's get my idiocy out of the way.

Tip #1:  Don’t use a mandolin without the blade guard.

(To be fair, I should relay that the ER would love to have everyone throw these into the trash.)

Tip #2:  Stay focused.

Don't get distracted when using sharp tools. Stay aware of where your fingers are.

Major arteries of the body from MedicalLook.com
This image comes from Medicalook.com

Tip #3:  You don't have to dig very deep to find major arteries in your fingers and toes. 

If the bleeding doesn't stop quickly, you may have hit one.

Tip #4:  Listen to the doctor.  As in listen actively, critically, and logically.

At least I knew right away to see a doctor.  We chose a nearby Urgent Care because the issue seemed minor / routine but also urgent, as in continuing to bleed.  I'm not saying that all Urgent Care facilities would mess this up.  I'm just saying mine did.  In my opinion.

These are some red flag quotes (paraphrased) from urgent care personnel to me:

Nurse:  "I don't mind a lot of blood, that doesn't bother me, but I don't like to see cut skin."
Doctor:  "This one is a real bugaboo."
Doctor:  "Since stitches are not an option, the only way to stop the bleeding is with a compression bandage."
Doctor:  "This will be a real headache for 3-4 weeks.  If the bandage falls off while you're sleeping, when you wake up your bed will look like a crime scene." 
Nurse:  "You want to be really careful changing the dressing and keep an eye on it so you don't bleed out."
Me: "How do I know if the bandage is too tight, cutting off the circulation?"
Doctor:  "It's a fine line.  This type of bandage usually doesn't do that.  You can come back tomorrow if there is a problem."

So I did listen with a bit of healthy skepticism.

Tip #5:  It's usually not good to cut off circulation to a body part. 
(Careful with this tip.  There are obviously some injuries that require a tourniquet.)

The doctor wrapped my thumb very tightly with some gauze and nine band-aids, then sent me home.  It felt tight but didn't hurt much at first.  After about two hours my entire hand, all the fingers, wrist, and arm up to the elbow started throbbing.  It just felt so tight.

We went to the ER to get a second opinion.  Thank goodness.

ER personnel were very entertained and couldn't stop laughing at all the band-aids.  "Are you sure you didn't do this yourself?" they asked.  Then, "This looks arterial." And, "Of course we have ways to stop the bleeding."

Yes, every bit of pain disappeared when the band-aids came off.  I mean, the cut is really not that big.

Tip #6:  There are some good medical products and procedures that really do work, if you know about them.  

The ER nurse applied a gelfoam dressing that stopped the bleeding within a few seconds, then added a wire cage covered in a sock-like tube.  The cage comes off in a few days and then band-aids might be appropriate.

Tip #7:  Just because a doctor is nice doesn't mean he knows what to do.  Be your own advocate.  Question everything.  If it seems wrong, it might be.

Well that's my Happy New Year post, folks :-D  Everyone have a very safe, healthy, and happy 2013!

Disclaimer:  This post is based on subjective experience and some Google searches. I'm no doctor and this is not offered as medical advice.   Please do your own research to determine any course of action.  These are my opinions based on an isolated occurrence that may not accurately reflect the medical skills of those involved.
Very best wishes to everyone this holiday season!  We're just kicking back now, enjoying family and a few new treasures.  

Guess what I got today?  A kitchen blender system that actually works! You know how the stuff on the bottom of a bad blender just shifts around while the stuff on top sits there doing nothing?  Yeah.  I've been wanting to try some healthy green smoothies but have never owned a decent blender.  Today I threw in these ingredients and whipped up a really delicious smoothie:
2 peeled quartered granny smith apples
4 big kale leaves (curly kale, stems removed)
1/4 t fresh grated ginger
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup orange juice
couple dashes of Stevia
a few ice cubes

Don't be scared of the kale.  It was awesome.

With the last 1/4 cup-ish of smoothie (along whatever was stuck on the inside of the blender), I poured in about 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil and maybe a little less than 1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar, along with a garlic clove, salt, and pepper.  That all blended very quickly into a great salad dressing.

Oh gosh I love Christmas toys.

Anyway just to keep to my regular theme, here are a couple photos of recent gifts/orders.  It's been awhile since I've done any wire wrapping so it was especially fun.  This first necklace was a gift for my daughter Lindsay.  Made from copper, turquoise, jade, and mother of pearl, it's an ocean inspired color palette.
This is order was particularly fun to make.  The crystals are emerald, opal, and pearl birthstone colors.  
I literally had no clue or design plan before making either the earrings or the pendant.  They just evolved from thin air, somehow ;-)  I love when that happens.  
Well that's it for me today.  Time to curl up with family and a holiday movie. I wish all of you a very happy, healthy, peaceful holiday season and New Year!   
I've been wanting to try out some larger objects in foldforming.  Maybe get into a little sculpture, etc.  This is a bit bigger although just baby steps.  Still working out the logistics of larger scale.
And back to jewelry.
We'll be away for the weekend so no studio time for a few days.  Oh well, it will just be all that much more fun when I'm back to it.  Enjoy your week!
Here's my early New Year's resolution -- getting back to weekly posts.  I've been crazy busy with holiday shows and got way off the blog track.  The biggest shows are behind me now though, and it's time to get back online!!  These are a few of the cuffs I've made recently.
Still nicely busy but having loads of fun and hope you are too.  Meet me back here next week ok?
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.

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.) 

Today is my daughter Kathy's birthday.  This copper and sterling silver flower pendant, corrugated earrings, and foldform cuff are all for her.  I am so delighted how the patina turned out :-)  Anyhow, I held this post until after the birthday celebration.  Fun evening!!
Happy birthday, Kathy!! :-)