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Technology Saves the Day – Tool Kits from Danaca Design

Dear Friends,

It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I was 26 when I finally started college in earnest. The first paper I wrote in college was drafted on paper, with pencil. I didn’t have a typewriter so I had to go to the Technology Resource Lab to create the final copy. I had a choice between using an electric typewriter or a computer. I remember thinking, “How cool, an electric typewriter!!” Two years later when I got to the UW, using email was required. None-the-less, I never once sent an email during the three years I was there. I only ever “replied”. Hahaha!  If you want to hear a good story, ask me sometime about my first laptop… Anyhow, these stories are to help you understand my relationship to modern technology. If I can avoid it, I generally will. That being said, THANK GOODNESS for technology during Covid19!!!

At Danaca Design Studio I’ve prided myself on creating top-notch learning opportunities by providing a well-equipped space and excellent instruction. At this time I’m not able to share my studio with you however I can share my knowledge. Last week I made my first technical video about wire working. I’m sure there are thousands of videos on this subject but I had to start with something simple. It was TERRIBLE!! I decided to toss that idea out and instead stick with what I do best; teach students interactively. Yet teaching zoom jewelry making is a little different than zoom yoga, it’s quite a bit more complicated, especially for beginners. But I AM figuring out the technology!!!!!!!

The next barrier is tools. If you want to learn jewelry making while you shelter in place, you’re going to have to invest in tools. Therefore I’ve put together five kits to get you started. These kits are designed to be purchased in order. Essentially you’ll need what’s in Kit #1 to really use Kit #2 effectively. I’m currently designing streaming classes geared specifically to making jewelry with what’s in these kits, which is so much! To be clear, you do not to buy these kits to participate, BUT you will need what’s in the kits if you want to. Also, you do not need to buy tools you already own, we can custom build you a kit from what’s available, just email us dana@danacadesign.com

It’s so important to me that my virtual classes are a valuable experience for you. I’ll send a quick email once the classes are live. In the meantime please take a look at our kits AND the informative videos I put together about them!

I’m looking forward to seeing you in the zoom realm.

Stay safe, calm and clean!

Dana

 

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Annual Tool and Supply Swap Meet

Annual Tool and Supply Swap Meet

Sunday, March 8, 9-12

Looking for quality used precision tools? Gemstones, miscellaneous jewelry or art supplies?  This swap meet is basically a big garage sale for local jewelers to buy, sell, and swap tools and supplies of the trade! There is NO CHARGE to attend and you don’t have to bring anything to swap but definitely bring some cash:)  Be sure to check out the free table too! Who knows what treasures you may find?

See images of some of the offerings at the swap meet on our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/578232459573716/

Classes, Specialty Workshops

Jeanie Pratt – Designs in Woven Metal

 

Visiting instructor Jeanie Pratt will be teaching a woven metal class in September, we’re really looking forward to it. Great opportunity to incorporate something new into your work!

Designs in Woven Metal
Jeanie Pratt
September 20-22, 2019
Friday – Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00
$490

Find more info or register here: http://wp.danacadesign.com/classes/designs-in-woven-metal/

 

 

Jeanie Pratt – Artist’s Statement

I delight in the magical surrealism of reality in nature. My designs are informed by studies of entomology, and life sciences, as well as experiences while living in the tropics and the desert. I savor researching and revisiting the realm of anomalous plants and animals. With this comes the humble reminder that we are just one species in a multitude of interdependent creatures. We are defined as human beings by our need to create personal adornment and art. I feel a connection to a continuum of artisans as I pursue the possibilities that emerge from within me.

As a fiber artist now working with metal; I find that after 30 plus years, I am still striving to turn straw into gold. The textile patterns and textures fixed into the metal evoke memories of the traditional textiles and basketry encountered while living abroad. Translating fiber techniques into silver, gold and copper continues to fascinate me. With a weaver’s eye for color, I explore the processes of applying patinas and enamels, as well as incorporating gemstones and beads into my work.

In the solitude of my studio, I lose myself in time through detailed labor-intensive and historical processes. As I meld my lifelong interests, I endeavor to create exquisite and timeless pieces of jewelry and sculpture. This counterbalances the often irresolvable challenges encountered in my daily life. With passion and joy, I continue to push my own limits as well as the limits of the techniques and materials.

Community

Featured in Jewelry Artist Magazine!

We’re featured in a cool article about creating a maker space in the March/April 2019 Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist Magazine! Pick up a copy to read about Danaca Design and other spaces that cater to artists, jewelers, and makers. We’re pretty excited about it, we even made a SHORT! little video.