Upon request, I teach jewelry workshops ranging from 3-hour sessions to multi-week courses. These hands-on lessons are for beginners who have never made anything to the experienced artist/jeweler who wants to brush up on techniques or learn new ones to add to their technical vocabulary.
For example, I recently gave a 3-hour workshop to jewelry designer from Perú, VACIDE ERDA ZIMIC. Already a successful designer, Vacide works with recycled wool felt from fabric once used to make Andean hats in Perú, where she designs and manufactures jewelry and accessories with low-tech processes and recycled materials. She began designing products in MDF in 1999 and then in 2006 ventured into design based on the sustainable and eco-friendly re-use of textile waste by applying different processes such as sewing, gluing, rolling, cutting, etc., combining colorful felt shapes and forms in all possible ways.
She has a studio and showroom in Lima for her brand VACIDE ERDA ZIMIC and exports her design pieces worldwide, but primarily to North America, where they can be found in several important museums including MoMA, MoLAA (Museum of Latin American Art), Cooper-Hewitt, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Arts and Design NYC, Seattle Art Museum, ICA Boston, among many others. She was chosen to participate in the BID 2009 and 2010 (Bienal Iberoamericana of Design, Madrid, Spain). Her pieces have been published on the cover of the magazine VOGUE Latin America and in an advertising campaign for ABSOLUT vodka.
Vacide had limited time on her trip to Florence, but wanted to learn how to solder with sterling silver and make a ring. In only 3 hours, she learned basic metal cutting, sizing, forming, and soldering techniques to make a convex ring. She also attached a cast element on top and completely finished the ring.
For information about a bespoke jewelry class or workshop in a well equipped studio in the center of Florence, Italy, for one or more people, contact me.
For more photos of Naomi in the studio by Birgitte Brøndsted, see A Dusty Green Olive.