YOUTH WEEK 4 MORNING (Jewelry Making)
with Lynn Austin
Week 4: July 22-26
Cost: $160 + $15 supplies = $175.00
Get acquainted with the many interesting semi-precious gemstones that are used in jewelry making. Learn where gemstones come from, and how to identify sterling silver and gold from common base metals. Students will learn how to use many tools used in the art of jewelry making. Create beautiful and interesting earrings, bracelets, and necklaces using pearls, semi-precious gemstones, glass, leather, and metals. Learn how to repair broken jewelry, and recycle old pieces to make inexpensive yet beautiful jewelry.
I began studying art in high school, particularly working with pottery, jewelry, batik, woodworking, weaving, and other types of textiles. During those early teen years, I began designing clothing, which I sewed and sold to my school friends and in several shops in the Green Bay area. In 1973, I moved to Chicago to attend a Christian school and ministry that was a center for many artists and musicians. Coupled with a number of those artists, we opened a shop in Chicago on Hallstead Street in order to sell our art, along with antiques, vintage clothes, and an assortment of handmade goods. I was able to greatly expand my creative experience in many directions during that period, focusing especially on garment design. I also worked teaching art and sewing for grade-school children and teens.In 1981, I moved back to Green Bay and opened a tailoring and garment design business. I have operated that business for thirty-seven years, specializing in leatherwork. In 1994, I opened an additional shop selling herbs and assorted supplies. I have taught many workshops over the years, such as soap making, the art of aromatherapy and perfumery, alternative medicine, cooking, candle making, basket weaving, beading, and the use of culinary herbs, teas, and spices. I have been beading and making jewelry for forty-five years, but for the past ten years, I have focused especially on that type of creative artwork.