Welcome to your first stop on the 2012 Art and Soul Artist Interview Blog Hop! I can't wait to read all the artist's interviews...what fun to peek into their creative process. I am excited to introduce you all to an artist I first met in Portland last fall, Jean Van Brederode. I love Jean's enamel jewelery work. It is so fun, unique and almost all of it has some yummy fibers attached! Gotta have those fibers. I received a MAPP gas torch for Christmas so I see some enameling in my future! I just need to decide which class to take now...
Artistic Artifacts-the official Art and Soul on-site store has put together awesome mixed media prize packages for each blog on the hop. leave a comment at the end of this post telling me your current favorite technique. I will draw for the winner next Saturday January 28th.
This is a sampling of all the delicious stuff in the blog hop prize packages. Judy at Artistic Artifacts has all the good stuff Be sure to check out the next artist interview on the Art and Soul hop! Sunday features Barbie Saint John's interview on Kari McKnight-Holbrook's blog Now---here is Jean!
What teacher (s) lit your fire to be an artist? I started taking classes at Art & Soul in 2005 after I retired from teaching 8th grade English for 34 years. Art has always been my passion, and my goal was to find the art form that would carry me through the rest of my life. What a wonderful adventure! The journey was well worth the effort and expense. Instructors who have made the greatest impact on me are Susan Lenhart Kazmer, Jane Wynn, DJ Pettitt, Richard Salley, and Linda and Opie O'Brien. Enameling teachers outside of Art & Soul include Linda Darty, Averill Shepps, and George Waricher. Their dedication to their craft and excellent teaching skills led me on a path to enameling which is now my passion and life's work. The things I learned that impressed me the most are that experimenting is incredibly fulfilling, "happy accidents" happen for a reason, and failures do not exist. Even if you trash a piece, you still take away ideas to use in your next project.
What 4 tools can’t you live without? The four tools that I couldn't part with would have to be the enameling kiln (what a surprise), the Bonney Doon 20-ton hydraulic press, a set of Fretz hammers, and a pencil which I use to create designs in my journal.
Why do you love to teach? Since I used to teach 8th graders in another time of my life, it delights me to instruct a roomful of students who are all eager and active learners! After I retired from teaching, I didn't realize how much I had missed the process of instruction like preparing lessons, gathering materials, creating worksheets, and researching background material.
Do you have a favorite technique? My favorite technique was shown to me by George Waricher, a college professor who taught enameling for over 50 years. One method that he often used was writing and drawing on enameled pieces with enamel-bearing oil. George can no longer practice his craft due to health reasons, but I am honored to carry on this fascinating technique
Classes I am teaching at Art and Soul in Virginia Beach- March 1-6 2012
More of Jean Van Brederode’s work can be found at: Charmed I'm Sure – http://charmdimsur.etsy.com The Village Artisans Gallery, Boiling Springs, PA. Jean's Etsy shops - Art Girls Tools - http://artgirlstools.etsy.com - dedicated to selling jewelry-making tools that I personally recommend. Charmed I'm Sure - http://charmdimsur.etsy.com - an outlet for my many enameled jewelry pieces. Enamel Warehouse - http://enamelwarehouse.etsy.com - As a Thompson enamel distributor, I offer opaque and transparent enamels and enameling supplies and pass on an attractive discount to my customers along with enameling tips and advice. Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a mixed-media prize package! Just click on the comment link below.