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Posted April 5th, 2017  /  Ends August 3rd, 2017

Memento Mori: Jewelry & Sculptural Objects of Remembrance

Instructor: Holland Houdek
Date: June 9-13, 2017

The genre of memento mori jewelry and objects was especially popular during the Victorian period, and served as sources of personal reflection on one's own mortality and/or of remembrance of loved ones passed and gone. Come explore the idea of remembrance and self-reflection by creating small-scale wearable works and/or metal objects in the spirit of the memento mori tradition. Whether to memorialize a passed loved one (human or non-human) or glorify an object that makes us reflect on our own lives and mortality, we will explore a brief history of mourning art and jewelry while placing it in a contemporary perspective. A range of interpretations of this theme: from playful or even funny, to the spiritual or poignant – will be explored to provide personal means of remembrance, commemoration, and self-reflection. Participants will enhance their fabrication and surface design skills, learn basic stone-setting techniques and explore the possibilities of incorporating mixed media and found objects in their work. All levels are welcome, but an understanding of basic metalsmithing skills would be helpful. Beginner to Intermediate
Tuition: $595
Studio/Materials Fee: $65

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