get a handle on yourself

Melissa gets a handle on things

Yesterday at the Benjamin Lignel workshop, half of the group were instructed to make a handle (an object that invited use, touching – it could subvert that also, repelling the user in some way even) in two hours. The other half had to make a pin. Then we swapped works, and the handlers put a handle onto the existing pin, and the pinners put a pin on the handle.

Here’s my handle, it’s in modelling card.

I’ve not whittled before…

I quite enjoyed it though

I wonder what’s in store for us today?

new news

new news! Melissa is doing a workshop this week with Benjamin Lignel.

Today I begin a week long workshop with Benjamin Lignel. He’s a designer/jeweller/historian… To further explain, this is part of what I wrote about him in my MFA thesis document 2009:

” Benjamin Lignel has trained in philosophy and literature, art history and furniture design. He explains on the Italian Associazione Gioiello Contemporaneo (the Association for Contemporary Jewellery) website, that his work  “continues to offer a design-led alternative to our craft-based profession: as an extended family of individual objects that hope to tackle specific aspects of body adornment” … Lignel’s works are made to engage with the machine, as the co-creator and as a muse.  Because of this his works exhibit a design methodology.  In order to fully engage with the machine he must, at every stage of design and manufacture, strive to reconcile his intent with the fast barriers that mass-production brings to his works.  Lignel is well equipped, in both philosophical and practical terms, to deal with the ramifications of his manufacturing process.  If design can be considered a way of finding new solutions to existing problems, Lignel is a jewellery designer.”

Weaving Workshop

Melissa goes to weaving school.

Yesterday I did that weaving workshop I talked about a little while ago, with Maryann Talia Pau at Harvest Workroom. It was totally fab. Maryann is a relaxed and very natural teacher, and although I missed the first little bit, everyone was off to a good start by the time I arrived and so able to help me 😉

Actually I slotted in easily, with a little help from my neighbours, who told me how to cut the strips of Harvest’s textile offcuts to the right size, then to choose my preferred coloured raffia. Maryann (and Lucy) then helped me with the beginning of the basket – how to begin and get the blanket stitch going, and I was away! It was a large group of people, most with an artistic background, so as you might expect a really interesting array of works were produced.

Despite most of us being new to the technique, the time just flew by and the works produced were all so unique and beautiful. And many weavers claimed that their personality types were beginning to shine through their objects. I had a great time, sitting between Lucy of The Design Files and Jude, a high school arts teacher, along with meeting neighbours Phoebe, Ali, Helen and Jenny, and watching their works evolve along with my own.

I can highly recommend that you get along to Maryann’s two-day workshop there in October. With the extended format there’s a big chance that she’ll be able to share some more of her secrets.

With a bit more time I’ll finish the jewellery piece that I started at the workshop and share it here too. I’ve got some flying to do later this week – weaving myself something to wear in Sydney should kill some time.