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Marilyn Moore: Wire as Fibre: An Integration of Technique and Inspiration 6-7 April 2019

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Do you like to play with fire? How about combining that adventurous spirit with the experience of working with wire cloth and wire? Experiment with textile techniques and a variety of wires, as well as different meshes of copper, bronze and stainless steel wire cloth. Give yourself the opportunity to play with these new materials and accept the challenge of adding and expanding your fibre vocabulary.

Students will explore this process of inspiration and technique with Marilyn using fine coloured wires, which can be brought from their own stash. Included with the class will be the use of the torch as a tool for preparation of the materials. Wire cloth and wire will be used to create baskets and jewellery to excite the senses. Students may wish to get involved in a large project or produce a number of samples with technique in mind. Twining with fine coloured wires, knitting and crocheting with wire, working with wire cloth, embellishing with beads, and pearls, will make an exciting adventure for students.

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Do you like to play with fire? How about combining that adventurous spirit with the experience of working with wire cloth and wire? Experiment with textile techniques and a variety of wires, as well as different meshes of copper, bronze and stainless steel wire cloth. Give yourself the opportunity to play with these new materials and accept the challenge of adding and expanding your fibre vocabulary.

As a fibre artist, when I discovered I could use wire as a fibre, everything about it excited me. As I continued my exploration and the use of textile techniques while using wire as my primary fibre, it opened up a new avenue of expression in my art. I am always surprised by what inspires me as well, and we all have our favourite forms, colours and textures that we want to work with. It’s fun to share and look at those things.

Students will explore this process of inspiration and technique with me using fine coloured wires, which can be brought from their own stash. Included with the class will be the use of the torch as a tool for preparation of
the materials. Wire cloth and wire will be used to create baskets and jewellery to excite the senses. Students may wish to get involved in a large project or produce a number of samples with technique in mind. Twining with fine coloured wires, knitting and crocheting with wire, working with wire cloth, embellishing with beads, and pearls, will make an exciting adventure for students. All that’s needed is a desire to play with the techniques and materials. Beginners and more experienced students will find something to inspire and send them on new creative journeys.

We will be working with fine wire cloth from 16 mesh to 200 mesh, and fine wires, sizes 32 34, and 28 gauge. Bring metal objects that you might wish to work with, beads of various sizes that will go with the wires, and charms.
Tweezers, hemostats, magnifiers might be helpful as well.

Students may bring: a variety of wire, bare copper sizes 16, 18, or 20 gauge.
Colored wires sizes 28 for knitting and crocheting, 32, and 34 gauge for twining. Please bring whatever you might have at home to add to the fun.

Tools needed: small wire cutters, chain nose pliers, round nose pliers, small weaverite packing tool, nylon jaw pliers, embroidery needles sizes 1- 5, personal task light, and extension cord.
If students have their own torch and propane they are welcome to bring that as well, but I will have enough with me to share.
Included in material fees: Instruction sheets, wire and wire cloth, beads, EZ Bobs, and crochet hook. Students materials fee will reflect the amount of material that is used.

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