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)
January 11 & 12, 2020
Saturday and Sunday
9:30 am – 5:00 pm daily
Reserve your spot by paying in full or making a non-refundable deposit now
and paying the remainder by December 15, 2019
(We’ll send you a separate invoice for the balance and you can pay securely online at your convenience!)
Please be sure to read our Terms and Conditions before registering!
ABOUT TAYLOR SALEEM
My journey into jewelry making began at a bead store in 2001. I was drawn in by the colorful hanks of Czech glass and seed beads strung from wall to wall; it was like a Siren’s song. They were looking for someone to assist customers with designs and choosing beads. I assured them I could do this, but I didn’t even know what a crimp bead was (of course I didn’t tell the manager this). I learned from the customers, studied magazines, watched videos, and practiced crimping beads and tying knots until my fingers could operate without my mind realizing what was happening. And my desire to create jewelry only grew stronger throughout the years – I transitioned from stringing beads, to sawing copper; from wrapping wire to melting silver; to casting organics and setting diamonds in gold. I was featured in Step by Step Wire Jewelry Magazine, Easy Wire Magazine, and ArtJewelry Magazine.
Today, I’m an artist. I used to chuckle when people would ask “What do you do for a living?”, but I’ve embraced the song that led me into Bead-It all those years ago. I create art for people to wear, and I tell my story in silver and gold. I’m inspired by the resilience and imperfections of wildflowers, and the soaring freedom of the birds. I want to share my story with others, and to assist them on their journey of discovery as their voice, too, is build from silver and gold. And by the joy of my children, Naomi and William; they’re two of the best cheerleaders a person could ask for.