Hi! My name is April and I’m the new team member at Danaca Design. Not only will you find me in the store on Saturdays but I will also be contributing to this blog.
I have been making jewelry since 2011 and am the current treasurer of the Seattle Metals Guild. Currently finishing my BA in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts at the University of Washington, I have been concentrating on ceramic sculpture and am looking forward to graduating in June.
Here is just a little info about me:
How did I get into making jewelry?
When I returned to school in 2009 I was planning on majoring in engineering. Along the way I needed an art elective and took a class in jewelry design. I didn’t even realize that the class was about jewelry fabrication I just thought it looked fun. After that one class I decided to change to an art major and haven’t looked back since.
Why I work in a variety of mediums?
I like to use different mediums because I can use the best material for what I am trying to create. I started using ceramics at the UW in order to make large scale sculptures. I don’t enjoy sculpting large items out of metal; I prefer it on the jewelry scale! My ceramic sculptures are hand built and it is nice to just build with your bare hands. Lately I have been doing some monoprinting and I am taking a book arts class this winter which has been a lot of fun.
What do I like to do when I am not making art?
Being a full time student I don’t get much free time but the little I have is spent with my family. My kids enjoy it when I play Minecraft with them and I like to knit. So I guess I can’t get away from making things, even virtually.
I am excited to be working at Danaca Design. Come say hi to me on Saturdays where I would be happy to help you pick out a piece of jewelry, find the perfect class to take, or pick up some jewelry making supplies.
Time flies when you’re having fun and my how it has flown. Friday, December 5th I’m astounded (and excited) to be celebrating our 11th year in this great old building on University Avenue. What an adventure it’s been!
I the rented the space in July 2003, ran my first class in October and finally opened the gallery in December with a grand opening event. I remember that evening clearly, everyone asking, “where’s your jewelry work?” I had almost nothing on the shelves in the gallery but I looked around and indicated with my hands held out that this, the studio, was my work for the year! Today I’m happy to announce I have a quite a few pieces in the gallery, as well as a lovely studio:-).
Some years ago it became tradition to host the Student-Teacher Exhibition during the month of December and to schedule the opening reception to coincide with our anniversary party. This is a wonderful event with friends and family of students, teachers and the studio crew. It is a night not to be missed if possible!
This year we have an incredible selection of fine jewelry made by students, many of whom are sharing and selling their work for the first time. And, although we are lucky enough to carry the work of quite a few of our teachers in the gallery on a regular basis, during this exhibition we have the opportunity to see some very special pieces. It is a great opportunity to support terrific teachers and superb students and pick up a one-of-a kind-piece of jewelry for yourself or someone you love.
Our event Friday night is 6:00pm – 9:30pm. Hope you can make it! If not, make an effort to swing by the gallery during regular business hours to see the show and pick-up something truly exceptional. The gallery is open Tuesday – Friday 11-6 and Saturdays 10-6.
For more info about the studio go to www.danacadesign.com
Plique a Jour is an amazing and challenging enameling technique. Like cloisonné enamel it relies on making sections of enamel using thin silver or copper wire. Plique a Jour however has the added complication of having no back, allowing you to see through the enamel, no wonder Plique a Jour means Letting in daylight in french! The technique is beautiful in its affect but challenging in the process. It take lots of time and has a high failure rate.
Fortunately for us starting in September Nanz Aalund will be teaching a class that uses colored resin and epoxy to achieve an effect very much like Plique a Jour!
Plique a Jour Epoxy
Instructor: Nanz Aalund
September 8, 15, 22, 29, 4 Monday nights, 6:30 – 9:30
Class Fee: $265 | Material fee: $25 payable to instructor
Learn the secrets of creating open bezels for resin in multiple geometric, organic, and freeform shapes. In this intermediate level workshop a variety of tools and techniques to maximize the potential of epoxy resin will be demonstrated and explored. *Students enrolled in multiple week classes are eligible and encouraged to work outside of class on class projects during Practice Hours. Independent soldering skills required.
Nanz Aalund has taught jewelry and metals classes at the University of Washington under Mary Lee Hu and at the Art Institute in Seattle. She has served as a fine jewelry designer and consultant for Nordstrom, Rudolf Erdel, Neiman Marcus, and Tiffany & Co. and as the associate editor for Art Jewelry Magazine. Some of Aalund’s many professional jewelry design awards include: 2009 Jewelry Arts Awards, an AGTA Spectrum Award, two Platinum Guild International Awards, and two DeBeers Diamond’s Today Awards.
If you’d like to sign up for this class give us a call at 206-524-0916.
We’re here 11-6 Tuesday-Friday and 10-6 on Saturday.
You can get more information on classes and what we do over at our website www.danacadesign.com
Did you know we offer scholarships for students who want to learn about metalsmithing and jewelry making?!
Each spring we host the Danaca Design House Rules! show to highlight work from our “crew” of employees, members, and volunteers. This event also serves as the fundraiser for our Jewelry Art Stimulus Fund, which feeds our scholarship program.
Each quarter we offer scholarships to matriculated students ages 16-24 who are currently enrolled in high school or college in Washington Sate. Scholarship winners may select any Danaca Design class or intensive series appropriate to their skill level. This is a great opportunity to learn new skills or refine existing ones, explore project ideas, discover new techniques and tools, and create in a well equipped metalsmithing studio that serves a range of enthusiastic beginners, passionate hobbyists, and established artists.
As part of our House Rules! show and Jewelry Art Stimulus fundraiser each crew member creates a segment for a collaborative necklace that is raffled off to benefit the Jewelry Art Stimulus Fund. This year our most recent scholarship winner, Sophie Lipitz, contributed a lovely segment to our collaborative necklace! We also have a few of her pieces for sale here in the Gallery. I’m looking forward to seeing what she makes next!
Last winter we had work in the gallery from one of our other scholarship winners, Kathryn Wood. Kathryn sold work in our Holiday Show and also participated in the Seattle Metals Guild Passing the Torch competition and exhibition for Washington State High School students, which is on display at the Bellevue Arts Museum through June 1st.
The deadlines for scholarship applications are: March 1st, June 1st, September 1st, and December 1st.
We request that recipients give back by posting about their experience on our Facebook page or our blog. Recipients also have the option of contributing or participating in the annual Jewelry Art Stimulus fundraiser that takes place during the House Rules! show the following year.
Please see the scholarship section of our website for complete details on elligibility and the application process. It’s free and simple to apply!
Scholarship info: http://www.danacadesign.com/index.php?p=classes&c=scholarship
If you’d like to learn more about Passing the Torch, a Seattle Metals Guild outreach program, please visit the Seattle Metals Guild website: http://www.seattlemetalsguild.org/programs/passingthetorch/
Please help spread the word to any students who may be interested in this scholarship! We want to share our space with interested young metalsmiths out there!