JEWELRY DESIGN CAMP: Supplies for Session I
Warren Feld, Jewelry Designer
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About The Kit


Palette Choices:
1. Squash / Raspberry / Olive / Black

* About
* Learning Objectives
* Kit Contents
* Photo Details
* 1. Squash /Raspberry /Olive /Black

Session I: Contemporizing Traditional Etruscan Jewelry

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Palette 1: Squash /Raspberry /Olive /Black


About the Kit...

During the middle and latter part of the 1800's, there were major archaeological projects all over the classical world, including Rome and the Italian peninsula. The beauty and craftsmanship of Etruscan jewelry had gone largely unnoticed and unacknowledged after 500 AD, until this time. These archaeological projects, and the wealth of artifacts and jewelry they uncovered, sparked the public's imagination, triggering Revival Styles in architecture, art, fashion and jewelry. Etruscan jewelry experience revival styles in the late 1800's, the 1920's, the 1950's and the 1980's.

The Butterfly Necklace pictured below is an Etruscan Revival Piece from the 20th century. Like the pieces associated with all Revival Styles, there was a tendency to copy original Etruscan jewelry components, and not to contemporize them.

This piece above is no exception. The gold butterfly components have hammered out details (repousse). The necklace is an assemblage of similar components, symmetrically arranged.

With my contemporized Butterfly Bracelet interpretation of this Etruscan piece, I've used bead weaving techniques (brick stitch and peyote stitch), some simple wire working and bead stringing assembling. Here I work with components, their coloration and dimensionality, and the arrangement of these components to create a more contemporary stylistic sensibility. In the contemporized vein, we want to add some sense of non-linearity, dimensionality, more complex use of color, more intricate techniques, more sensitivity to the body’s shape and movement.

In the Etruscan Butterfly Bracelet project...

Learning Objectives:
- Discussion and review, of the history of Etruscan and Roman jewelry

- Discussion of the Design Process

- Discussion of Design Elements – things you can manipulate as a designer

- Discussion of what “Contemporizing” means, and how design elements may be manipulated to achieve a more contemporized piece. Some differences between “contemporizing traditional jewelry” and “revitalizing vintage jewelry”

- Discussion of what kinds of things we can do to contemporize the traditional Etruscan butterfly necklace

- Create a design-plan for a bracelet made with two bead-woven components and one wire-worked component

- Use brick-stitch to create simple butterfly components

- Use tubular peyote to create a bezel setting, which in this project I call a “shoe”, for a 10x14mm cabochon and with which to use as a bracelet component

- Use simple wire-wrapping technique to create a cloverleaf connector and a figure 8 connector

- Play with and evaluate ideas for assembling the bracelet components into a successful and satisfying contemporized piece











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