Studio Detritus – Palimpsest Jewellery
A workshop with Soosie Jobson
A palimpsest was a mediaeval way of recycling. Parchment was a prized commodity and not to be wasted: scribes and scholars would scrape back the ink to rewrite a text leaving subsequent layers faintly visible through to the top. This soft ghost like effect would hint of things past and remind us of the story beneath. What better way to tell story than to use what we already have?
All of those beautiful little pieces of leftover felt, the odd and precious bead, glorious threads, scraps of divine fabric or exquisite handmade papers that accumulate in our studios can be set free using this recycling technique. I love that we can use less to get more.
We will take the challenge in this one-day workshop to use only what we have. Materials are supplied for this workshop all you need to bring will be your own tools like scissors, needles, notebooks that will be in the materials list but you are welcome to bring your own little treasures. Either way we will make beautiful earrings, brooches, and necklaces that will tell us stories every time we wear them. You can also bring treasures to share or swap which will add another layer upon each others’ stories.
Experience level: beginners to experienced – all welcome. Return participants more than welcome – do the things you missed last time plus a few new surprises.
Studio Detritus has been an ongoing series of workshops that focus on using what we have rather than acquiring more yet getting more in the end. Soosie has been a practicing felt and textile artist for over 30 years and has won awards, prizes, and been featured in many exhibitions and publications around the world.
Magnetic brooch clasps will be for sale $5 at the workshop.
Materials are supplied.