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Artist Profile of the Month
Susan Jean Whyte
Susan’s fascination with the texture of trees started when she moved to Vancouver Island many years ago from Calgary, AB. Where the sky is the dominant natural element on the prairies, for Susan, trees are the dominant element on the Island.
Susan takes impressions from the bark of Vancouver Island’s trees. She then makes a mold and uses these molds to create the textures that she designs her jewelry around. The designs are kept simple, to keep the textures as the main focal point.
The texture is transferred onto the metal using a technique that incorporates the use of metal clay. Metal clay is an organic binder with very fine particles of metal in it. The product looks and works just like clay, thus the name. The pieces are formed, using the tree bark molds to create texture and then hand formed into pleasing shapes. The metal clay is then fired in a kiln where the binder burns off and the metal particles sinter together. Out of the kiln comes a perfect pure piece of metal. Metal clay now comes in a large variety of metals. Susan uses fine silver (99.9% silver), copper and bronze. Patinas on the metals transform the surfaces to mimic the wood. Susan’s handmade chain has a solidness to it that goes well with the tree impressions.
Island Artisans Member Catalogue
check out Island Artisans Association catalogue of Fine Craft based Artist members. Including images and contact information for each individual member.
Our membership spans the geographic area of Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands.
Our New IAA Logo!
The final vote to select our new logo was held at our February Meeting. Combining the proxy votes and the votes from the Feb. meeting, because the 3 choices were all so attractive, the vote was close!
ISLAND ARTISANS ASSOCIATION, FOR FINE CRAFT ARTISTS
You are invited to:
Island Artisans Association Holiday Celebration Get-Together
Date: December 12th
Time: 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Place: Oak Bay Recreation Centre
Upstairs Lounge (small private lounge)
Appetizers & desserts will be served (compliments of IAA) as well as a Cash Bar(provided by the lounge)
All IAA Members and Guests are invited to come to this event to meet other Artisans, celebrate the upcoming holidays and to talk about your winter shows. Even if you are not an active member now – you are welcome to come – the more the merrier.
At this event EXCITING NEWS WILL BE UNVEILED ABOUT A NEW INITIATIVE FOR IAA IN 2019
Your Executive has listened to the members who gave input at the September meeting and we are thrilled with the event we will be offering to IAA members in the Fall of 2019.
Please come to this Get-Together to learn more!!!
Please RSVP as soon as possible!
PLEASE RSVP to Linda Rajotte at email@example.com
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
We are a group of 8 Vancouver Island artisans. We work in different mediums ranging from sterling silver to acrylic paint.
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