The Albany Summer School welcomes Christine Atkins

07/09/2017 11:12 AM

Christine Atkins is a West Australian sculpture artist and Art Therapist (BA Psych & MA Art Therapy). As an art therapist she has worked with people recently released from prison, children whose parents have drug addictions, cancer patients and in the mental health field. Atkins works with metal, timber, found objects and stitch, deliberately choosing common, cheap and found materials. Her aim is to draw attention to the ordinary, overlooked and taken for granted. Atkins’s work has received several awards including the Waterhouse Natural History art prize, exhibited internationally, acquired for university, hospital and private collections and can be seen in journals, magazines and books.

During this workshop, you will explore how to use clear resin in “containers” to create jewellery and small objects. Christine Atkins will show you how to utilise open or closed containers; pre-made commercial components, jewellery and otherwise; natural objects such as seed pods and leaves; discover what you can and can’t use in resin; embed three dimensional objects; create translucent effects; protect and seal paper; and build up layers to add depth.

Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced (18+ years)

HANDCRAFTED CHAIN AND MORE: Jewellery without solder
Would you like to make jewellery where every component is handcrafted from raw material? Do you have interesting pendants and beads that do not suit pre-made findings or chains? During this experimental workshop with Christine Atkins, you will make a variety of chain links from the traditional to contemporary. Some of the techniques covered include how to handcraft your own clasps, earrings, repurpose old jewellery and a quick, simple ring. Using a variety of wire and minimal tools shape, wrap and forge to create jewellery ranging from fine and delicate to large and bold.

Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced (18+ years)

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