Little: Poetics of the Found-Object
a workshop of exploration and construction
The materials we use for creative expression can be found literally
at our feet.
Join noted American art jeweller Keith Lo Bue on an energetic exploration
of unusual and unexpected materials in jewelry making. Through hands-on
projects and thought-provoking instruction, students will learn the
varied methods of selection and assembly this limitless palette demands.
No previous jewellery experience is required; all that’s needed
is enthusiasm and the desire to
work with your hands. Whatever your present focus or skill level,
you will come away with new insights
into the possibilities of your surroundings.
AUSTRALIAN Supply list
The tools below are things you will be certainly using
in the workshop, and to avoid having to wait for a communal tool to
become available, you should plan on getting them for the class:
of 'reo tie wire' (found for under $10 in hardware stores
in the construction materials section, near the cinder block and
chain-link fencing. IMPORTANT: make sure it is steel or iron wire,
NOT galvanized!...it should be dark grey-black) If met with blank stares, tell them it's for tying reo-rod together. NOTE: You won't need to haul the whole roll, as it's quite heavy - bring 1/4 of it with you and you'll have plenty!
• Cordless hand drill -If you have a variable-speed hand drill already, you won't need a cordless, but if you don't own a power drill yet, this is a great example. If you can afford it, this might be the best tool you've ever bought - trust me on that - you will get a LOT of use out of it.
• Memory wire cutters (this makes cutting the re-bar wire a cinch): <Here>
small bench vice 50mm <here>. IMPORTANT: Do not bring a suction-type vice, nor can it be one of those hobby-type hollow metal ones. It must be solid steel.
automatic centre punch: a cheap one can be had <here>
foam ear plugs, if you're sensitive to hammering (we'll keep
the noise down as much as possible, but there will be some, so just
to be safe....
• Work gloves (to protect hands while working the wire - look for a close-fitting kind, rather than a big gardening-glove type)
A small ball-pein hammer - go here and choose 'Generic BALL-PEIN Hammer: Indian made / Face: 15mm diam'
a regular pair of utility pliers
jewellery pliers: a round-nose and a flat-nose (if you
don't have any jewellery pliers, here's an inexpensive well-made set of
a small plier with a serrated edge on the inside (gripping
• Ring Clamp: <Here>
• Bench Pin: This is what they look like:<Here> If you already have one, bring it. I will have some homemade wide ones for sale in the class, which allow working on larger things...
Bar clamps <Here> 150mm is shown. The even smaller micro ones are handy as well for small projects. You'll need at least one of the 150mm clamps, and one or two of the micro ones will get A LOT of use!
small file (any fine-tooth file will do)
drill bits (any standard hardware-store set)
extra 1/16" drill bit
pair of flush-cutting pliers - a super-cheap usable one can be found <here>
piece of scrap wood to drill into
fine steel wool (find it in a paint-supply section of a hardware
store) or Scotch-Brite pad (from supermarket)
• 3M Wet-Or-Dry Polishing paper - quite simply some of the coolest polishing equipment money can buy <Here> or I may have some for sale at the workshop.
• Atelier Medium & Varnish:
You'll want to get at least the gloss and matte bottles. If you're not strapped for cash, get the satin as well. Gloss is <here>, matte is <here>.
• Fuller ULTRA CLEAR: <Here> Available at some hardware stores, but be warned, it's getting harder to find recently, so this link is a sure bet to get it. DON'T buy a substitute!! This is the only one that has the properties we need. Remember you'll need a caulking gun to remove the sealant from the tube. If you know someone else in the class, you can coordinate so only one of you has to bring it.
FOR WORKSHOPS THAT ARE THREE DAYS LONG OR OVER:
saw <Here> The 150mm cutting depth allows you to saw larger objects.
saw blades (get two sizes:
1 dozen of the 2/0 size (here) and 1 dozen of 4/0 (here).
IDEAS FOR FOUND OBJECTS / RAW MATERIAL TO BRING:
sheet metal stock
electronics / machine parts
broken cameras or appliances
small scraps of wood or small readymade found boxes
books to use for collaging (bring a few really old ones: pre-1910 -
if you've got them, as I'll demonstrate some great things to do with
personal effects or memorabilia
eyeglasses or magnifying glasses
interesting old pencils or pens
artifacts: religious or secular
Get the picture?
The list could go on forever, because nothing you bring CAN'T be used!
It's really a list to perhaps spark some inspiration on
your end for what to pack. Any small objects that you find interesting
for any ole reason should be brought.
RESOURCES FOR OBJECTS:
junk / antique shops
scrap metal yards
antique / ephemera fairs
art / craft supply stores
FREESOURCES FOR OBJECTS:
woods (bush to the Commonwealthers!)
dumpsters (only for the strong-stomached)
The tools below are not required for the class;
they're helpful, so don't run out and buy them all. They would
facilitate you to go in many directions with your work. Bring what you
have, and call the workshop venue to check and see if they have
some of these things on hand. Some studios are very well equipped, and
some rely on students bringing what they need.
tin-snips or metal shears
circle / geometric templates
masking / sticky / scotch tape
And any tools particular to a media you are conversant
in...if you're a book artist, bring materials for binding, etc., painters
bring your paints and sketchbooks...and those who've never ventured
out into creative waters bring some junk and an open mind!
look forward to a wild ride of exchange and creation with you all. As
we share these days together, I ask each of you to bring slides and/or
actual examples of your own work to share with each other, if you have
them...this exchange heightens the creative energy and will enable you
and I to personalize your own approach to the found material arena.
Please email me with
any questions you might have that this page didn't address.
See you there! Keith