Make Them Look:
The Statement Necklace
Design & Creation
with David Harper Clemons
This course will focus on the design of a statement neck piece. There will be a combination of design exercises, discussions, and technical demonstrations. We will work collectively and individually to explore the creative process, organize visual interests, and define personal aesthetics. Guided exercises will be used to help distill a method of translating aesthetic choices into material selections and prototyping for a neckpiece. Throughout the workshop students will see my process in the creation of a piece and be encouraged to generate a design and samples for a work of their own. All experience levels are welcome.
Students who have access to a metals studio can use metals and basic metalsmithing techniques to design their statement necklace. If you don’t have metalsmithing tools at home, don’t worry! Much can be learned from the design discussions and exercises underpinning this workshop.
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David Harper Clemons
David was born in El Paso, Texas and spent much of his life in Austin, Texas. Initially he began his undergraduate career attending Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, pursuing a combined degree program for Biology and Art. He attended the program for two years before returning to Austin to complete his BFA at the University of Texas in Austin, with a primary emphasis in painting. He earned his MFA in Metalsmithing in 2007 from San Diego State University. David taught in the art department at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, Arkansas for the 10 years. During 8 of those years, he developed and headed the Metalsmithing and Jewelry Department. He presently lives and creates work in Penland, North Carolina. His work embraces the craft of Metalsmithing and it’s collected history of techniques and objects. The resulting works rendered in metal, mixed media, and hand made artist books are objects positioned across a spectrum from vehicles to communicate ideas surrounding identity to forays into formal material and process-based work. He has work included in the collections of the Arkansas Art Center, National Ornamental Metal Museum, Yale Contemporary Craft Collection, and the Ollie Trout Collection at the University of Texas in Austin.