Mary Hettmansperger is a fibre and jewellery artist who owns Gallery 64 in Wabash Indiana, where she runs a variety of programs, including Jewellery, creative arts and cooking classes. She has taught Basketry, fibre Arts and Jewellery classes across the US for more than 30 years at a variety of venues including, Arrowmont, Penland, Bead and Button, Convergence, National and Regional Fibber conferences, Art and Craft Schools, Bead and Quilt shops and private Guilds. International teaching includes Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Caribbean and Singapore. Mary has authored and illustrated 4 books on Jewellery, Fabulous Woven jewellery, Wrap, Stitch, fold and Rivet, Mixed metal Jewellery workshop and Heat, Colour, Set and Fire, all published by Lark/Sterling (Barnes and Noble). Other books include, Jewellery Design Challenge, 500 Baskets, Fibber Arts Design Book 7, the Gourd Book, Creative Scarecrows, Pushing the envelope, Fabulous Found object jewellery, Teapots – makers and collectors, Beading with Crystals, and Creative Beading Volume 2. Mary has had work exhibited at SOFA – through the Katie Gingrass Gallery. She does segments for the PBS programming – Beads Baubles and jewels and Quilting Art and has had her work published in many magazines, including, Quilting Arts, Art jewellery, Bead and Button, Beadwork, Shuttle Spindle and dye pot, and Crafts Report.
MAKING PLACES, BOXES, METAL and more
Students may bring as many Boxes, drawers, shelves or other structures to create their boxes. Metal work, weaving techniques, and a variety of surface embellishments and design applications will all be covered. Students have the option of applying the techniques to make their boxes but also make jewellery, Paper and book Arts, Mixed media and collage, or Sculpture and Basketry. The focus of the class will be to introduce and incorporate low tech metal smith techniques, weaving, paper and collage, encaustic and a variety of surfaces that can cross over to be used in many disciplines of artwork. Students will use sheet metals, screens, wires, linens, papers, fibres, paints, wax, clay, plaster, natural materials, recycled materials and found objects (basically anything) to create their individual artwork. Nails, nuts and bolts, brads, eyelets, rivets, concrete, wax, medium, wire-working techniques will be used for connections in jewellery and alternative surfaces. Beads, hardware store, electronic salvage and recycled items will also be offered to students to explore for surface design and parts and pieces for their work. Students will become comfortable using the propane torch and will learn a variety of low-tech metal smith techniques, patinas, encaustic, weaving, surface burnout and more. This course is very individualized and will allow each student to take the techniques and materials offered to pursue their desired direction. Students will make at least 1 sense of place box with options to make many more. Students may also make jewellery, sculpture or other small works of art to put into their boxes.
Keep in mind when deciding what to bring, Students are encouraged to bring bits of stuff. Personal items to be used if they want to tell a story with their boxes, also any metal materials, found items and recycled finds would be perfect to incorporate. Repetition is often used in surface design, so bring many of one items to create textures and patterns. Pods, rocks, shells, sticks, and glass are usually free for the gathering and these all work well for this class. There will be a wide variety of techniques to learn and students can choose one or many to use and incorporate into their projects during the week.
What you will learn in this workshop
Metal work, weaving techniques, and a variety of surface embellishments and design applications will all be covered.
Incorporate low tech metal smith techniques, weaving, paper and collage, encaustic and a variety of surfaces that can cross over to be used in many disciplines of artwork.
Beads, hardware store, electronic salvage and recycled items will also be offered to students to explore for surface design and parts and pieces for their work.