Information Overload Series: 2) Andy Cooperman's "Tips and Tricks"

Thank you, ADC!

Michelle Startzman and myself were more than thrilled to be offered the opportunity to attend Andy Cooperman's "Tips and Tricks" workshop in Tucson, hosted by the Arizona Designer Craftsmen.

Two words: COPIOUS NOTES. 

I learned a ton of amazing new tricks that are going to make for much more efficient and smart metalsmithing, and got to see (and touch!) some of Andy's really wonderful pieces.

We learned a ton - from flex shaft basics to "ninja soldering," and even alloying shibuichi and fusing bronze.
I'll have to say the most exciting part of the workshop was Andy himself  - specifically his attitude toward making and metalworking in general.  I love his risk taking approach, and can definitely benefit from a little more of that in my own practice. This was definitely one of the best workshops I have had a chance to attend - one not to miss!

Best feature: the mind-blowing simple tricks!

To check out a quick video from the workshop, on Shibuichi, click here!

Information Overload Series: 1) Yuma 2011

So long since my last post! 

Whew... time to take a breather.  So much has been going on lately! In an attempt to get caught up, I am going to swiftly dump a few images and some brief thoughts about some of the exciting stuff that has been going on 'round here lately!

First off, Yuma 2011!  

This year was only my second, but it was just as awesome as the first!  Of course it was tons of fun, as always, but what I found especially exciting were (in cascading order):

1. Michael Dale Bernard's lecture and (amazing) DIY video and demo about powdercoating.  Find the online version of the video about powdercoating here

2. Victoria May's lecture and work on display (some really great fiber things - her "Designed for General Use" series was especially intriguing). 

3. Student show and silent auction - This year seemed to have a much better display of auction items, and there was a lot of interesting student work! Unfortunately I got outbid on many of the things I fell in love with (most notably a MDB brooch) but did manage to snag an awesome re-purposed skateboard charm by Tara Locklear!

Necklace by Kat Cole

Mine, now!

4. And finally... did anyone SEE those trophys?!  Looks like the bar is getting raised!  Maybe next year, ASU.  We just need to brush up on the S/F/S rules a little bit!  :)