Want to learn how to make jewelry? Learn a new technique or get advice on an existing project? Or just work on your own projects with like-minded people?
This series of casual classes is co-taught by the Asylum's jewelry instructors as an opportunity to share techniques, sources for materials, discuss showing and selling work, and other aspects of the craft. The specific skills taught in each class will be determined by the students' interests.
Snacks and adult beverages will be served, and additional contributions are welcome.
We can teach you how to make necklaces, bracelets, earrings, ear cuffs, tiaras, and other items. Our collective knowledge includes:
- wire wrapping and wire ring creation
- knot work
- bead stringing and weaving
- using regular household tools to make jewelry
Make jewelry, share knowledge, and have fun.
A variety of materials will be on hand; materials fees are payable to the instructors and will vary based on need.
Instructor Biographies: Carolyn Emberley, Sara Gaynor, Cat Jackson-Mead, & Khrysti Smyth
Carolyn Emberley has a BFA in Studio Art from UMass Amherst, and taught in the Student Union Craft Center for 2.5 years. She has been making her own jewelry since she was a child, and has experience using bead looms and various bead weaving/sewing techniques. Her latest interest is in chain-and-bead jewlery incorporating hand-collected shells.
Sara Gaynor is an all around artist coming from a dance and visual arts background, and hates writing in the third person. I've been making jewelry for myself and friends for over three years and have recently started to sell my designs with Khrysti Smyth under the name Khyamara. I spent 2009 teaching beading classes to all levels of students, and I love creating new beaders who are as addicted to this craft as I am. It's fun and it's faster than making a scarf.
Cat has a masters degree in architecture and a YWW (You Wore What?!) in creative attire. She started learning wire wrapping as an excuse to buy more beads, but got bored with the traditional techniques and went off in other directions. Her favorite designs still involve wire and beads, and she is mildly obsessed with ear cuffs.
Khrysti has been making jewelry since she was old enough to pick up a piece of string and put it on her head. Since then she has explored a wide variety of jewelry-making techniques, and recently decided to partner with Sara Gaynor and start their own small business, Khyamara. Khrysti is a patient and fun teacher, and looks forward to sharing her love of wearable creativity with you!
Friday, 12/3/2010, 7 PM - 9:30 PM @ 13 Joy St, 2nd Floor, Somerville, MA 02144
Friday, 12/10/2010, 7 PM - 9:30 PM @13 Joy St, 2nd Floor, Somerville, MA 02144
Friday, 12/17/2010, 7 PM - 9:30 PM @ 13 Joy St, 2nd Floor, Somerville, MA 02144
When & Where
Artisan's Asylum, Inc.
Artisan's Asylum is a community fabrication and makerspace near Union Square, Somerville MA, that is dedicated to making creativity a way of life. It does this by maintaining a community workshop, training its members in the use of all of its professional-grade equipment, and hosting events promoting the learning and practicing of craft and creative expression.