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Last Call for Metal Artists to Enter the 2016 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition by July 24
Each year the Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition invites metal artists everywhere to submit their work in a global competition designed to survey the evolution of foldforming techniques pioneered by Artist Goldsmith Charles Lewton-Brain.
By: The Foldforming Hub
This event gives laser attention to publicity for the artists. This year, Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine will cover the story in a print issue on newsstands across the U.S. In addition to top prize winners, judges also recognize notable work in a Jurors' Choice round. These pieces are included in the annual results video and -- new this year -- a permanent gallery on the Foldforming Hub at www.foldforming.org. Each competition year has a dedicated page on the site, and each piece is fully captioned with detailed description. Artist websites are included, allowing visitors to explore more of each artist's work.
Publicity for artists at www.foldforming.org is outstanding. Since its Feb 2016 launch, visitors have come to the Foldforming Hub from 80 countries and every state in the U.S. The site averages 3000+ page views, visits from 45+ countries, and just 9% bounce rate each month.
The competition has very strong support from the metal arts community. Judges and sponsors are all leaders in the field. Rio Grande has donated prizes each year since the inaugural event in 2012. Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts and Craftsy also donated prizes this year. The Ganoksin Project has promoted the event at the top of its landing page at www.ganoksin.com for a full month to ensure the world is watching.
Three leaders of the global metal arts community will judge the 2016 competition:
• Charles Lewton-Brain, Artist Goldsmith and Foldforming Pioneer (Alberta, Canada)
• Dr. E. Aspler (Hanuman), Founder of The Ganoksin Project at www.ganoksin.com (Chiang Mai, Thailand)
• Merle White, Editor-in-Chief of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine (Pennsylvania, USA)
Prizes go to artists winning 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, and Honorable Mention, with an Innovation Award available at jury discretion. Prizes from sponsors include Rio Grande gift certificates, Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine subscriptions, and choice of interactive online Craftsy classes. Entries recognized in a Jurors' Choice round will appear in the permanent gallery at www.foldforming.org and the annual results video. The 2015 results video is at https://youtu.be/
The artist entry portal is at http://www.foldforming.org/
Pioneered by Charles Lewton-Brain in the 1980s, foldforming is a system designed to exploit the natural properties of sheet metal, enabling rapid manipulation into three-dimensional forms. Artists use foldforming today in jewelry, sculpture, architecture, décor, lighting, tableware, and more; with styles that are rustic or refined, bold or subtle, small scale or very large. "Many shapes look like natural shapes for the same reasons the ones in nature do: the material is operating right at the limits of its working abilities, and therefore the rules show up," says Lewton-Brain. "If it looks like a ram's horn or a flower, it's because that's what is happening in nature."
Each year the Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition invites metal artists everywhere to submit their work in a global competition designed to survey the evolution of foldforming techniques. This annual event challenges makers to share their best work and reveals surprising new applications of the technique pioneered by renowned artist-goldsmith and educator Charles Lewton-Brain.
The Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition and www.foldforming.org are owned and directed by Sue Lacy, Columbus, OH, U.S., and co-founded by Charles Lewton-Brain, Alberta, Canada, with a mission to inspire artists to push the creative boundaries of foldforming, provide centralized access to foldforming learning resources, and to offer a global stage for talented metal artists.
Sue Lacy, Director