Did you hear about the rose that grew
from a crack in the concrete?
Proving nature’s law is wrong it
learned to walk with out having feet.
Funny it seems, but by keeping its dreams,
it learned to breathe fresh air.
Long live the rose that grew from concrete
when no one else ever cared.
– Tupac Shakur, The Rose That Grew from Concrete
Join us for a unique two-day workshop with artist Taylor Saleem as we explore the beauty and achievement that can grow from unlikely places. Inspired by Tupac Shakur’s poem The Rose That Grew From Concrete, this project-based experience will lead us through a process of creating and seeing in new ways. We’ll begin by building a pair of pierced and pinned earrings, “planting the seeds” of our skills in rough “concrete” sheet we’ll create ourselves from fine silver. We’ll learn to do a simple botanical line drawing – no drawing skill or experience necessary, promise! – to be pierced into the concrete. We’ll create our own earring wires and pin a gemstone to the “concrete” before we oxidize and hand-polish the earrings to bring out the detail. Then we’ll build on those new skills, “growing our roses” in the construction of a necklace built on a larger concrete slab. We’ll use our jeweler’s saws to emphasize the concrete’s cracks and imperfect shape. We’ll top it all off with Tee-um-boo, Taylor’s bootleg version of keum boo, by applying 24k gold to our creation and adding more pinned elements.
This is a workshop best suited for adventurous metalsmiths who are comfortable sweat soldering with a butane torch and using a jeweler’s saw. We’ll be working outside our normal toolbox, including an introduction to the use of a dual fuel Smith Little torch, but everything you need to complete the projects is provided. All you have to do is show up and be prepared to give your creative self free rein!
Workshop Fee: $390
Materials Fee: $95
(taxable and payable at the time of the workshop)