Indulge in extravagant creation with a finalist in the NZ Wearable Arts! Join Beatrice Carlson and she will guide you as you design and make your very own creative wearable art adornment.
Come and get creative with a finalist from the NZ Wearable Arts! Join Beatrice Carlson and she will guide you as you design and make your very own extravagant creative adornment to embellish your wardrobe – a combination of jewellery and art. Each piece will measure approximately 25cm x 18cm. Throughout the process you will learn about the wearable art competition and following this you will be guided and encouraged to go through your own process of creating your own WOW piece.
Using perspex, a variety of images, glass cabochons, chains and a selection of interesting and vibrant adornments you will leave the course with your own glorious piece of extravaganza! In the process you will have learned how to work with perspex and have the skills to make more unique and vibrant creations at home.
Your lunch. Photos or images that you may wish to use in your jewellery piece (for creating a collage) and any extra materials you may wish to incorporate. This could include broken jewellery, earrings, special beads, small mementos or adornments no longer used. Bring an apron or protective garment. Bring your smart phone to do pics of your mockup. All other materials (perspex, cameo and glass cabochons, chain, jewellery findings, beads, non-toxic glue, equipment) are provided within your course fee.
Adults. Those with ideas that need a 'push', those that want to have fun creating a piece of extravaganza, fans of WOW who would like to make their own creation. No particular skills are required, but it is better to already have a sense of what you'd like to make.
10 times finalist of World of Wearable Art and two awards winning entries from 2010 to 2019.
Since 2020, Carlson's work has been translating her WOW concepts to adornment and contemporary jewellery. Carlson is a visual artist using Perspex as her main medium. She is also a printmaker and has a french diploma in fashion design/pattern making. She is now a full time jeweller. The course is about understanding the making process from concept ideas to the creation of a large WOW necklace.
Beatrice's image below shows the process of preparing a collage, applying perspex, embellishment with rhinestones/beads/tassels/cabochon, addition of chain and findings.
From some previous participants:
I created a beautiful bracelet by simply combining the feathers and a brooch I found in op shop. I just glued it to a piece of leather and then connected it to the basic simple bracelet. It took me maybe an hour and result was spectacular! I fearlessly used the drill, it was sooo cool!
The most fun was working with jewellery pieces, playing around and connecting them differently, that was so cool. I had to give up my original chest piece as I put too much love into it and so much of a hard job, that it started becoming obvious
Our workshop not only gave me an incredible boost of creativity, but most importantly it enabled and showed me how I can do things. How to cut, how to glue, how to apply, how to put things together... I had so many ideas, so many different images, but once I started actually working through it, it was slowly becoming clear what does work and what doesn't.