Thank you to everyone who visited the Mill at Shady Lea this past weekend for our annual Open Studios Event. And a special thanks to those who are interested in my wire weaving adventure and looked at the samples! Please visit this website and my instagram account where I will update progress. – Judy
Judy Schaefer is taking a departure from creating handwoven garments and jewelry to do a year long independent study in weaving with metals, combining her skills in metalsmithing and weaving.
What I’m doing, Where I’m going.
I have been working with metals for about 10 years, and have had wonderful teachers along the way. My favorite style of metalsmithing is creative forming and fold forming.
I see a direct similarity between fabric and the hammered forms in metal. Six years ago, I started another journey into weaving. I have learned the basics, and have stretched my skills considerably.
A few months ago, I had the opportunity to take a course with a wonderful metal artisan, Munya Avril Upin. The class focused on weaving objects with wire. We learned several techniques, including twining, braiding, soumak, knitting without needles and more. It wasn’t much of a leap to see that my two passions could possibly be combined.
And so the challenge begins. I am taking a year long self study program (with a mentor) to explore weaving with wire and what can be created. My goal will be reached with a presentation at the Weavers Guild of Rhode Island in October, 2020.
Wish me luck!