SEPTEMBER 15TH TO 18TH 2023 (4 DAYS)
Metal Knitting - From Chain Making to Expanded Forms with Cheri Dunnigan
We are thrilled to have Cheri Dunnigan visit us to pass on her extensive knowledge of wire weaving. This is a first time for Cheri to be visiting the west coast to teach and we will be making a sampler of brooches in different patterns and designs using her weaving techniques.
In this workshop Cheri will present her techniques of chain weaving and the methods she has developed to create larger expanded textile forms in precious metals. Once students become proficient with the basic weaving, we will begin to manipulate and expand the forms through a variety of means. Brooches and pendants will be emphasized as a format to sample a variety of techniques. Soldering and basic fabication skills are a prerequisite.
A wire materials list will be sent to students and Cheri will bring a "poking" tool with her. All other supplies are supplied by the studio.
THE FOLLOWING CANCELLATION FEES WILL APPLY UNLESS WE CAN FILL YOUR SPOT FROM THE WAIT LIST.
$50 CANCELLATION FEE APPLIES TO ALL CANCELLATIONS.
$100 CANCELLATON FEE APPLIES TO CANCELLATIONS UP TO 1 MONTH PRIOR TO CLASS.
NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED FOR CANCELLATIONS 14 DAYS PRIOR TO CLASS.
Cheri Dunnigan is a Master Goldsmith and nationally recognized landscape painter. She grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts.
Born with a creative drive, and being blessed with parents who recognized and fostered both her artistic interests and ambitions, she was able to begin to develop her artistic talents at an early age. She made her first piece of jewelry at the age of 15. This experience lit a passion and set the course of her studies over the next 7 years. This led her to the Cleveland Institute of Art where she studied with John Paul Miller and earned a 5 year Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree specifically in Silversmithing in 1978. Having majored in silversmithing and jewelry design, she worked for many years as a designer craftsman, maintaining a retail studio and showroom in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.
In 1998 Cheri was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythmatosis, and having lost the strength and dexterity in her hands it became clear that she would not be able to resume her career as a metalsmith. At that time she turned her creative talents towards pastel painting, and with pastels, she found a new passion. Painting had a tremendous therapeutic effect and before long, not only had she found herself launched into a new career, but she also found that her condition went into a solid remission.
Today, Cheri is healthy, and thrilled to be working again in metal, as well as pursuing her career as a landscape painter. She has exhibited her work nationally and has won numerous awards. Cheri presently lives in Naples, Florida with her husband Tim and her son Matthew. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, the Society of North American Goldsmiths, the Florida Society of Goldsmiths. She currently teaches ongoing classes at the Center for the Arts in Bonita Springs, Florida.
Cheri’s work can be seen on her websites, www.cheridunniganjewelry.com and www.cheridunnigan.com .