Drawn + Formed: Wire-Drawing and Wire-Working Demonstration

27 May 2020 · 6:00PM - 8:00PM
£10 (includes a welcome drink)
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Join us for an evening of live demonstrations of making with hand-drawn wire and metal thread. Silversmith Nan Nan Liu, jewellers Teri Howes and Leonid Dementiev, and embroiderers Harriet Stiles and Kate Barlow will reveal the range of tools, materials and hand-skills involved in producing their work with wire.

There will be a demonstration of wire drawing at a draw bench and a wide range of other highly-skilled techniques. You will have the opportunity to ask each of the demonstrators questions about their practice and process.

Who are the speakers?

Silversmith Nan Nan Liu experiments with the balance between nature and ornamentation through her work. Inspired by the rings of a tree, she builds layers into her work and engraves on different forms and textures, showing how the age of a tree and the passing of time creates beauty.

Based at Cockpit Arts, Teri Howes’ jewellery is influenced by her love of textiles and of making by hand. Inspired by her mother’s sewing room full of treasures, her use of intricate hand crochet techniques in pure gold has become her signature style – often incorporating tiny coloured facetted diamonds crocheted into individual stitches.  

Leonid Dementiev has stepped into his great-grandfather’s footsteps, a talented blacksmith and silversmith in the Southern region of Don, who was renowned for the highest quality of work and craftmanship. Now based at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, Leonid has studied the old techniques of his ancestors to create contemporary handcrafted work of gold, pearls and gemstones.  

Trained at the Royal School of Needlework, Harriet Stiles creates elaborate pieces of wearable art, which combine contemporary jewellery making techniques with traditional embroidery skills. Inspired by flora, fauna and the underwater world, she injects her designs with colour, texture and embellishment.  

Kate Barlow teaches at embroidery skills at a number of organisations, including the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace. With a background in theatre costume design, she works on freelance projects including costume conservation, restoration and private commissions. 

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