Happy New Year! 2008 is shaping up to be very exciting. Information on the 4th Master Class scheduled for 2008 is below.
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Transforming Throwaway Plastics – some simple techniques with Mark Vaarwerk
We all consume. We love to shop. Bright colours, dazzling logos, layers and lushness and wrapper upon wrapper, packages within packages. Dive into the unbridled big brand waste extravaganza and let your creative self loose upon the many unseen making possibilities!
Mark Vaarwerk is a Brisbane based jeweller who is noted for his innovative use of throwaway plastics, transforming them into fresh and highly desirable elements of jewellery. He exhibits regularly, has recently returned from a residency in the Australia Council Studio London and is a current jeweller in residence and Museum of Brisbane.
Mark Vaarwerk will teach a 2 day Master Class focused on simple techniques to manipulate and transform throwaway plastics. Everyday throwaway plastic bags and bottles will be the material focus and main ingredient in this experimental workshop, and collecting will be half the fun - students are asked hunt down used plastic bags and bottles (eg. shampoo, juice, milk, and detergent bottles) for use in this workshop. Simple techniques will be taught, with which to manipulate and transform these plastics - fusing at low temperature in a kiln to create sheet and rod, and spinning with a hand spindle to make string. After a basic understanding of these techniques is gained, further experimentation with the re-formed plastic will be encouraged - the focus will be on participants investigating the many possibilities and variants of these materials and techniques, tailoring them to their own creative needs while exploring fresh new ways of working.
Sound skills in jewellery and or non ferrous metalsmithing.
Fees (inc GST):
QCA STUDENT $110.00 JMGQ MEMBER $165.00 Non QCA, Non JMGQ $185.00
Date: Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 March 2008
Time: 9.00 am – 4.00 pm (inc 15 min break & 45 min lunch break)
The Jewellery& Small Objects Department Queensland College of Art Griffith University,
226 Grey Street,South Bank Brisbane.
The Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia (Queensland Chapter) Inc.