“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
- Pablo Picasso
Lose your inhibitions and find your voice in this fast-paced workshop that blends technical skills with creative experimentation. Students will design and fabricate one-of-a-kind wearable art using copper, brass and silver paired with found objects under the guidance of a master metalsmith. Beginners and advanced students, alike, will leave the forest with inspiration and new skills after a weekend of intense fun!
Develop your conceptual, technical and design vocabularies in this intensive workshop. Beginning and advanced students will discover (or refine) their creative voice as it relates to personal storytelling in the form of wearble art jewelry. In addition to instruction on metal fabrication, we’ll explore how alternative materials such as wood, bone and found objects can infuse our work with meaning. Our aim will be to challenge ourselves on both a technical and personal level, and come away transformed.
Students are asked to bring evocative found objects from their collections with them to the workshop. From tin types, lenses, painbrushes, wishbones and gamepieces to river rocks and gemstones, we will use these objects as inspiration for our designs and incorporate them using a variety of connection methods.
Metalsmithing techniques will be introduced each day, starting with a strong foundation in hand fabrication skills. Demonstrations will be tailored to students’ experience levels and interest. Possible demos include cutting, texturing, forming, riveting (and other cold connections), soldering, stonesetting, finishing, patination and wirework, along with more advanced techniques as needed. Students will also learn how to make their own chains, ear wires and other findings to complement their designs.
No prerequisites – beginners through advanced students are welcome – the instructor will meet you where you are!
New or reinforced foundation in basic metalmithing skills and hand-fabrication techniques
Confidence operating a torch independently
Fundamentals of jewelry design and order of operations
Ability to combine traditional and nontraditional materials
At least one finished one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry
FAQs, Schedule and Required Materials listed below.
Date: Thur. July 23rd – Sun. July 26th, 2020 Tuition: $445 Early Bird; $495 After June 1st Includes:
Early Bird Course Tuition of $445
21 Hours of Course Time
Material & Equipment Fee of $50
Daily “Boreal Bites”
An unforgettable experience
Material & Equipment Fee: $180 Some tools, equipment and materials are supplied by forestART and vary from course to course. Details in the FAQ section below.
Kristin Mitsu Shiga is a metalsmith who has played a variety of roles in the arts since 1992. As a maker, Kristin pursues projects that tell a story and actively engage her audience. She is deeply inspired by her participation in various artist collaborations, including the EMMA International Collaboration in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CollaboratioNZ in Whangarei, New Zealand and the Hawai‘i Artist Collaboration.
Kristin has shown her work internationally, and is included in several notable collections, including the Kamm Artful Teapot Collection and the Permanent Collection of the White House. You will find her work published in numerous books and magazines, including Art Jewelry Today, The Art of Enameling, Metalsmith’s 2017 Exhibition in Print, and several of Lark’s 500 Series books. Learn more about Kristin’s past work on Oregon Artbeat (segment originally aired in 2010).
From a long line of educators, Kristin values her role as teacher above all and has had the opportunity to teach at venues all over the US including Penland, Arrowmont and Haystack schools of craft. In addition to her personal practice, she has established successful metals programs in New York, Oregon, and on the Big Island of Hawai’i.
Kristin recently opened ‘Okina Jewelry, a teaching studio and jewelry gallery located in Kealakekua, Hawai’i. She is committed to creating thoughtfully designed, handcrafted jewelry using sustainably-sourced materials to be treasured for generations.
"Kristin was my first metals instructor, and I'm glad my foundation was set with her. She is thorough, organized and exacting. But she is not only a technician. She’s an artist and a solid businessperson—both qualities that add a lot of value to a class. She can easily navigate a class with a mix of beginners and more advanced students given her broad skill set. You will also likely be blessed with charming, hand-drawn, detailed handouts. I still refer to them in my own practice."
Past Course Participant
"My first experience with Kristin as my teacher was at Penland NC. She is so knowledgeable about so many aspects of working in metals. I learned something new every. She had the answer to every question and problem I came across. It was an incredible experience working by her side. She is so kind, patient and giving of all her knowledge."
It’s choose your own adventure, with options to suit every budget! You can cook all your own meals, pay for lunches only, or get the full meal deal. You can camp with or without power, bunk in with some fellow artists in shared accommodation, or rent a private cabin.
Full Details on our Food & Accommodation Options can be found on the main forestART page or when you go to register!