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New Edition of 'Foldforming at 30' Surveys Thirty Years of Artistic Explorations
The art book 'Foldforming at 30', the benchmark overview of foldforming in the arts, is now available in a new full-color edition from Iceforge Press.
By: The Center for Metal Arts
Foldforming at 30 is a survey of the evolution of foldforming in the thirty years since Charles Lewton-Brain first investigated the technique as a grad school metalsmith in the 1980’s. He went on to formalize a system so innovative that the Victoria and Albert Museum called it a new approach to the manipulation of metal, and Paul Craddock of the British Museum Research Lab referred to it as “a new approach to working metals without precedent.” In 1991, Lewton-Brain won the Rolex Award for this pioneering work.
“Foldforms look like forms found in nature—sea shells, animal horns, leaves, flowers and other organic growths,” says Charles Lewton-Brain in his forward to Foldforming at 30. “There is a direct, intimate and revealing connection between form in nature and what happens in foldforming.”
Foldforming at 30 gathers the works of many individual artists in a benchmark survey of how this innovative sheet-forming technique has evolved among sculptors, metalsmiths, and jewelers. The book’s full-color collection of current works suggests that artists who construct with foldforming techniques are moving into more sophisticated and less obvious uses of the folded forms, and demonstrates that foldforming as an artist’s technique is now being explored in related disciplines of sculpture and functional objets d’art with astonishing results.
Selections for the book were gathered in a call for artists in the inaugural Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition, and include images of all winning pieces and jurors' choice selections for competition years 2012 and 2013. A total of 49 pieces are represented in brilliant color and clarity, ranging from jewelry to functional objects and sculpture.
The forward was contributed by foldforming pioneer Charles Lewton-Brain, with commentary on each work by Hazel Wheaton, 2013 judge and editor of Art Jewelry magazine. Additional insights are offered by metal artist, educator, and author Cynthia Eid.
The coffee table edition is a deluxe 8x10 perfect-bound soft cover photo book with 140# glossy pages, suitable for the coffee table or gallery. The new soft cover edition is 8.5x11" on premium 80# matte paper with a semi-gloss cover, perfect bound, for the studio or study space. Both editions can be ordered online from art book printer Blurb with shipping discounts for multiple copies at http://www.blurb.com/
The annual overview of foldforming in the arts was launched as the Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition by the Center for Metal Arts in 2012. The next competition deadline is June 15, 2015, and will be announced online at http://www.centerformetalarts.com. The juried selection of new foldformed works will be previewed at the Friday Night Awards Dinner during Lewton-Brain's annual tour of the American northeast, and is open to the public. Information for the annual Lewton-Brain weekend event will be available on the Center for Metal Arts website.
Foldforming at 30: Winners and Jurors’ Choice Selections for the Inaugural Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition, by Rhoda Weber Mack and Sue Lacy, copyright 2014 by Iceforge Press