Wednesday, 27 April 2016

ONE DAY WORKSHOPS


ONE DAY WORKSHOPS series from my home in Topsham in South Devon. So exciting to be able to share my techniques with small groups of people and it's lovely way to be creative and to make new friends. 

The workshop days are on about 3 times a week. 10am to 4pm but you are very welcome to arrive earlier and stay on after 4pm if you wish. I have tried to work around the one day limitation by preparing as much as possible ahead of time. In the past I only gave weekend workshops but this I find is no longer viable for most people as time is in short supply. Also many people like to come and get a taste of the craft and have an enjoyable day out with friends or alone and in both cases I hope, making new friends.


I have a booking form which you can access here.



Victoria House
8 Victoria Road
Topsham
Exeter. Devon
EX3 0EU

booking is essential via this link

message/phone - 07598 870152
e-mail hilarybravo2013@gmail.com

Saturday 30th April


papier-mache beads 

beads that resemble Egyptian faience

Also on 

Monday May 2nd
papier-mache beads 
beads that resemble Egyptian faience

Wednesday May 4th
papier-mache beads 
beads that resemble Egyptian faience

A papier-mâché bead making workshop at my home in Topsham in South Devon for 4 people. 

We will be making original and unusual beads using papier-mâché.  The beads will resemble Ancient Egyptian Faience beads.



To get a flavour of the day take a look at my Facebook Page - Hilary Bravo Papier-Mâché Jewellery and/or my website - 
http://hilarybravo.wix.com/jewellery  for photographs of what we will be making and where we will be making it.

You will learn how to make flexible silicone moulds by making impressions from natural forms - magnolia seed pods, fire cones, wild flowers etc. I have plenty to share but please do bring your own if you would like to. We will form them into beads, learn how to harden them, add texture, paint, age and finish them and then make them into necklaces.

I will provide all materials including a pack of Siligum (£10) a pack of air dried papier-mache (£6) and a detailed print out explaining all the processes for each person. 

The workshop is £75. You are very welcome to arrive earlier and to stay on until 5pm if you would like to to carry on with your work.

Please bring an apron and a packed lunch, although Topsham has plenty of places to buy the ingredients for a picnic and cafes and pubs to find a good lunch. I will provide bottled sparkling and still spring water, fruit juices, fruit, biscuits, cake, a variety of teas and coffee, all of which you are free to help yourself to. 

You will also have access to the ONE DAY WORKSHOP GROUP Pinterest Board where you will be able to post your work and see what we are doing in the future.

Topsham is a lovely place, fascinating old Dutch style and Georgian houses, a wonderful museum, antiques emporium, outdoor heated swimming pool, the only pub in the country that is run entirely by women and supposedly the only one where the Queen stopped for a drink. There is a nature reserve, lovely walks including the Goat Walk
I live in an beautiful old and contentedly faded Georgian townhouse - it is not grand and imposing or even elegant - it is homely and very welcoming. The room we will be working in has a very relaxed atmosphere with wooden floors and a big red Aga to dry our work on/in - it also bakes very good biscuits and cakes and makes the whole place very cosy.

I will provide you with an endless supply of refreshments - various teas, coffee, bottled water - sparkling and still, fruit and fruit juices that you can help yourself to as you feel the need. I suggest that you either bring your own packed lunch or if you prefer you can buy lots of delicious things in town or eat at one of the many cafes or pubs. I am literally a stones throw from the High Street. Incidentally, our lovely and beautifully ageing black Labrador - Bella will not be present on workshop days - she is too friendly and far to focused on food - and other people's dogs are not necessarily everyone's cup of tea. She would make it all about her.

This is the old pine kitchen table that we will be working on. I only take 4 people at a time as a general rule as then we have more time for each other and more space. If you wish to come as a larger group I can accommodate you - up to 6 people as there is another table by the kitchen window or I have large board than I sometimes put on top to increase the working area.
 The view to the narrow road that takes you to the shops. 
detail - dresser with assorted paraphernalia - little memories.

Topsham is a very beautiful old estuary town near to Exeter and has a railway station, good parking and a nearby airport plus really good places to eat and accommodation to suit all tastes from The Salutation Inn to a 17th century house  that has 4 bedrooms or to the Old Vicarage that is at the end of my road or to Churchview a lovely Georgian townhouse that is a minutes walk from my place.  We are all in the conservation area that means it is pretty much as it was and is protected from future development. 

I also have an active YouTube Channel with many short tutorials and I will shortly be uploading video workshops that will give some of the experience as the One Day Workshops. They will cover all of my many different types of papier-mâché jewellery techniques.



















































































I have been making and selling my jewellery for over twenty five years, during which time it has been found, sought and collected, much to my delight, by people from around the world. It has been for sale in Craft Selected Galleries, Independent Galleries small and large, Museums and Art Galleries, at Liberty and at my Spitalfields Market stall in London, in Europe and Japan and at the Guggenheim Museum shop in New York.

My working methods are to travel and draw, paint, make notes, take lots of photographs and bring back paintings and ideas to work on in my studio, some of which I later develop into paintings, often abstract, from images that hold the key colours and associated ideas of the different places. Then I research, paint, write and make a unique kind of papier-mâché jewellery from fragments of my paintings. They are coated in a clear, hard epoxy resin, gloss or matte varnish.

I also experiment by using a combination of things in some pieces - papier-mâché, mixed media, resin, wax and found objects, acrylic ink, gouache, watercolour, pencil, oil pastel, gold, silver and copper leaf, metal foil and powders, pigments, tissue and tracing paper plus interesting commercially produced paper and found paper, Italian sweet wrappers, metro tickets, unusual packaging etc.

I make necklaces, rings, brooches, pendants and earrings rings that may incorporate papier-mâché beads that resemble baroque pearls, opals, ancient clay, bone, metal or semi-precious stones. I am fascinated by fragments of all kinds and often include pieces of discarded clay pipes stems that I find on the foreshore of the River Thames at lowtide. They sometimes taken on the blue/grey colours of the clay and river silt that has washed over them for hundreds of years and through countless ebbing and flowing of many tides. Also I may add fragments of pottery, glass, plastic and numerous little seaworn treasures that are cast up along the shoreline. I look in antique and flea markets to find beautiful old necklaces that can be broken down and incorporated with my own work. I make impressions from found and natural objects - magnolia seed heads for example - then I cast impressions in papier-mâché clay and or epoxy resin, that are twisted and folded, dried or hardened with wood glue or resin, gilded with gold or silver, distressed or painted. Necklaces, bangles, earrings and brooches, bowls and platters - embellished or incised, painted and gilded, the list goes on.

Friday, 1 April 2016

APRIL 2016

So Winter has gone and Spring is here and all is well. Sort of.
I find it really interesting to be able to see the way I observe the world. Previously I think that this would have been almost entirely down to memory, I mean, seeing the overview. Now, with for example, online photo albums, I can see my fascination again and again for details and fragments, the absolute need to mark down the first signs of Spring and the beauty in the gradual transformation of things. Year after year. I also, it seems like to look closely too at the way other people have chosen to see and record their world -
close up and detailed, rhythms, marks, trails, juxtapositions of tones and colours. It could be music and frequently is, those resonant moments when it's felt within as if the body were in fact an instrument. It is about beauty and joy, peace and gratitude for now.
These fragments help me to illustrate my thoughts through the winter days and nights. I now live in a town, a beautiful little town where from my new studio window I look out over rooftops. Or along the path to the High Street, watching unobserved as people make their way to town or down onto my garden, where the amazing variety of birds that I've been feeding through the cold bleak days are now singing. Birdsong is essential to happiness, mine at least.
The river brings all sorts of birds throughout the year but now is my favourite time. A short way from home and I can sit against the church wall, listen to the bell ringers practising and watch the new arrivals preen. In a few days the swifts and swallows will return.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

paper mâché jewellery


I run workshops in private houses around the country and from my own home in Devon from time to time. I also have an active YouTube Channel with many short tutorials and I will shortly be uploading video workshops that will give almost the same experience as my Half Day, One Day and Weekend Workshops. They will cover all of my many different types of papier mâché jewellery techniques.
making jewellery with air dried papier mache, hardening, gilding, scorching


making jewellery with air dried papier mache, hardening, gilding, scorching
making jewellery - papier mache, hardening, gilding, scorching
I have been making and selling my jewellery for over twenty five years, during which time it has been found, sought and collected, much to my delight, by people from around the world. It has been for sale in Craft Selected Galleries, Independent Galleries small and large, Museums and Art Galleries, at Liberty and at my Spitalfields Market stall in London, in Europe and Japan and at the Guggenheim Museum shop in New York. 
making papier mache bowls - textured pulp, painting, gilding, distressing, waxing
papier mache bowls - creased finish - metallic powders and wax
making papier mache platters with paper layers, gilding and distressing



decorating bowls with printed papers - gilding
quickly drying papier mache bowls via microwave - flour and water

making papier mache collars - to be gilded. Also rims for platters + bowls



papier mache gilded and painted bowl

I make necklaces, rings, brooches, pendants and earrings rings that may incorporate papier-mâché beads that resemble baroque pearls, opals, ancient clay, bone, metal or semi-precious stones. I am fascinated by fragments of all kinds and often include pieces of discarded clay pipes stems that I find on the foreshore of the River Thames at lowtide. They sometimes taken on the blue/grey colours of the clay and river silt that has washed over them for hundreds of years and through countless ebbing and flowing of many tides. Also I may add fragments of pottery, glass, plastic and numerous little seaworn treasures that are cast up along the shoreline. I look in antique and flea markets to find beautiful old necklaces that can be broken down and incorporated with my own work. I make impressions from found and natural objects - magnolia seed heads for example - then I cast impressions in papier-mâché clay and or epoxy resin, that are twisted and folded, dried or hardened with wood glue or resin, gilded with gold or silver, distressed or painted. Necklaces, bangles, earrings and brooches, bowls and platters - embellished or incised, painted and gilded, the list goes on.


making necklaces using pressed and folded air dried paper pulp, hardened and gilded



making flexible moulds using natural and found objects

moulded impressions of tiny flowers
mould with pressed fine white papier mache pulp
papier mache impressions of sycamore seeds to be made into necklace
impressed and folded papier mache beads, hardened, painted, gilded, varnished
different ways of finishing papier mache beads - these resembling faience 
making papier mache beads with flour and water
making beads with Tyvek paper and iridescent tissue - heated and compressed
making papier mache beads, discs - hardened & gilded with matt gilders paste
making various papier mache beads, impressed, hardened and gilded with gold leaf
making various papier mache beads, hardening and gilding
looking for inspiration - collecting photos, sketches, objects
collecting inspiration - for example distressed plastic discs from a timber yard

collecting inspiration - driftwood


painting techniques - acrylic inks, gilding, overlays, mixed media

My working methods are to travel and draw, paint, make notes, take lots of photographs and bring back paintings and ideas to work on in my studio, some of which I later develop into paintings, often abstract, from images that hold the key colours and associated ideas of the different places. Then I research, paint, write and make a unique kind of papier-mâché jewellery from fragments of my paintings. They are coated in a clear, hard epoxy resin, gloss or matte varnish.

making papier mache jewellery that resembles enamel
 
painted and gilded papier mache and resin pendant

painted and gilded papier mache and resin earrings




















































I also experiment by using a combination of things in some pieces - papier-mâché, mixed media, resin, wax and found objects, acrylic ink, gouache, watercolour, pencil, oil pastel, gold, silver and copper leaf, metal foil and powders, pigments, tissue and tracing paper plus interesting commercially produced paper and found paper, Italian sweet wrappers, metro tickets, unusual packaging etc.

paper mâché jewellery 2016

I make paper mâché jewellery, although it looks more like enamel than paper mâché. It's lightweight and waterproof. My images and working methods are my own ideas and techniques that I have developed over the last 20+ years. I aim to bring the 18th century techniques of the masters of the art of English Papier Mâché into the 21st century using modern paints and resins.


                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...