Over the many years that I have been teaching and
demonstrating wire and beaded jewellery, I have
come to appreciate how powerfully beneficial the act
of creativity is! I can personally put my 'hand on heart'
and say that it is my calming therapy and coping
mechanism, when 'life' feels turbulent and overwhelming!
I love running workshops and inspiring others with
their own creativity on one thing and another, from:
... making tiaras and wedding jewellery to:
using a Coiling Gizmo, plus twisting, plaiting and forging wire.
Plus, some metal stamping with punches!
As well as tin soldering ...
All sorts of wonderfully creative wire fuelled workshops!
Just recently, I was asked to run some workshops at a Special Needs
school, which was quite a challenge but extremely rewarding! Working
with disadvantaged children means you have to work fast to keep
their attention and wire is the perfect medium, as you can demonstrate
and create pieces in minutes! (Just like a magic trick!).
In this hyper-turbulent, disposable, fast-track culture of flat pack
furniture, broken marriages, cross-country migration, sound-bytes and
tweets, video clips and fast food lifestyles, it is healthy to have a
sprinkling of CREATIVITY to allow self-expression to grow through
personal play and experimentation. The breakneck speed of life today
is incessant and pervasive, leading to a need for instant gratification in
the younger generation. Thereby, through teaching any form of creativity
(dance, drama, writing, not to mention wire jewellery making!), leads to
more reflective thought and analysis and appreciation of aesthetics,
all of which are important elements for personal evolution!
There is no doubt that the benefits of learning a creative skill (at
any age) can result in better: concentration - as it increases a focus
of attention. Hand skills can be improved by working with tools and
new materials. Discipline is helped with self-control, when practicing
and honing new techniques. Creativity also enhances imagination,
bringing innovative ideas into life. Independence of thought can be
nurtured through research and discovery of design. It improves intrinsic
motivation, by participation in something for personal pleasure, rather
than for external reward. It improves open mindedness, being more
flexible to new ideas, because in art and craft there are no boundaries,
strict rules or regulations! Problem solving is enhanced, by being
challenged to explore different solutions, as well as improved positivity
and self-worth, through having fun and escaping from reality. All of these
various characteristics and abilities lead to a better sense of purpose,
achievement, confidence, higher aspirations, self-respect and a deeper
sense of belonging and identity!
Now, I bet you had no idea that all that was possible through wire
jewellery!!! However, with the long summer holiday break ahead,
if you're a parent, grandparent, auntie, uncle, big sister, cousin, etc..., etc...,
why not get the kids to have a play with wire? At 10 years old they have
the hand span to grip the pliers and manipulate the wires!
The place to start, when teaching wirework is with the humble spiral!
Once that technique is mastered you can move straight on to making
a bead cage and then you have got your students hooked!
They can make bracelets ...
Necklaces and earrings ...
Using different coloured wires and beads!
Handbag charms and key rings are also popular.
On cords as well as chains!
Just go round the bend and spiral away!
If you've never attempted a bead cage, just email me for a recipe
sheet at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, information on my workshops in Kent in the United Kingdom
can be found on www.wirejewellery.co.uk
Have a HAPPY SUMMER
with some CREATIVE FUN!