These are just three of the words used in the descriptions for Mary Hettmansperger’s Expressions in Jewelry and Chad Alice Hagen’s Tiny Book Necklaces classes. Add to that “creative”, “fun” and “fast-paced” and you have a lot of options for very personalized and special wearables.
Starting with sheets of copper or brass and an assortment of found objects in Mary’s class, students then added layers, embossing, hinges and their own style to create a unique jewelry wardrobe.
Not every piece was made to wear as jewelry. Some of these colorful metals may end up in other mixed-media art work.
As Mary’s class description says, there are “endless options…”. We loved seeing so many of them!
If you love books, you love them in all sizes and shapes. The smallest ones (these were about 1 3/4″ x 2″) are extra-special. Chad combines her love of books and textiles, including her hand-dyed resist felt pieces and shared all of that with the class. From tea-dyeing and then folding the papers to making the covers, stitching the binding and finishing each with a special closure and chain, these precious books are ready for writing, gifting and wearing.
With so many Tiny Book Necklaces, you can be your own library.
Imagine what those books, the metalwork jewelry, the baskets, the handwovens, the quilts, the dyed, printed and batiked fabrics, the hand knits, the beadwork, the stitches and the handspun say about you!