A preliminary view of the entries suggests that jewelers who construct with foldforming techniques are moving into more sophisticated and less obvious uses of the folded forms. While it is not surprising that the process would be widely used as a forming technique in jewelry, foldforming has begun to be explored in related disciplines of sculpture and functional objets d'art.
Foldforming as a process is best described as a combination of origami and other metal techniques, especially forging. Goldsmith and jewelry arts educator Charles Lewton-Brain developed and cataloged foldforming as a technique in the 1980's, and the process has since spread worldwide among jewelers.
"As amazing as it may seem," wrote Alan Revere in The Innovator's, Part V, "nobody ever worked with metal this way in the more-than-10,000-
This year's conference, "Moving the Edge: Further Explorations in Foldforming"
Earlier this year, Charles Lewton-Brain, the creative genius behind foldforming, was honored by the Canadian government with the prestigious Governor General Award, and he continues to be a sought-after presenter of topics surrounding the process at select events across Canada and the United States.
The Center for Metal Arts, one hour north of New York City, sponsors an annual summer conference with Charles Lewton-Brain, providing an ideal venue to spend four days with the innovative master, on the east coast. This year, the conference "Moving the Edge: Further Explorations in Foldforming"
For the conference itself, over the course of four high-energy days, Charles Lewton-Brain will move through all the families of folds and variations, with the opportunity to document the process and many finished elements. He will also review current topics such as air chasing, plus hammer modifications for specific forming tasks. Full conference participants may bring their own hammers for modification. The conference format encourages questions from the audience, giving participants the opportunity to further a knowledge base for pushing the forward edge of foldforming.. The small-group venue is designed for maximum access to the one person who still knows a great deal more than anyone else about foldforming..
Because so many artists were focused on the Jun e30 entry deadline for the inaugural Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition, The Center for Metal Arts is extending the early registration discount to Sunday July 15. It is also possible to spread out the registration over a longer payment time. Call the Center for Metal Arts or email for particulars.
The Center for Metal Arts is in the lower Hudson Valley of NY state, near major airports and just off two interstate routes, and is accessible by public transportation from NYC. Located at 44 Jayne Street, Florida NY, in the former 1890’s Borden’s Creamery Icehouse, the Center is affiliated with the working studio of Fine Architectural Metalsmiths, and the second floor gallery museum of antique tools and “sketches in iron”. Conference details, travel, lodging, and more can be found online at centerformetalarts.com/