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MCACA Professional Development Grant Request

For Betsy Lehndorff, silversmith

Subject: Industrial Processes for Jewelers

 

Professional Development Merit

Description: I am seeking funding for a planned two-day workshop taught by Donald Friedlich on Designing in Multiples, Maryville University, St. Louis, MO. This event is sponsored by the Society of Midwest Metalsmiths. See: http://www.midwest-metalsmiths.org/workshops He is also available as a consultant in Wisconsin.

 

Focus: Friedlich, an internationally known jeweler and teacher, helps students design and develop a production line that makes creative use of readily accessible industrial processes, such as casting, laser cutting and photoetching.

 

Attending: Betsy Lehndorff, Alcona County resident, silversmith, writer. http://www.hubbardlakesilversmiths.com. Alcona is designated as underserved.

 

Time Table: October 7-8, 2017, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. According to Don’s description, the session begins as he works with us on using classic handmade processes to design and fabricate prototypes. Then, he lectures on the creative use of easily available industrial processes. Don is one of the first to teach this subject in the United States. He has been lecturing in Europe where industrial processes are used in the artistic jewelry industry, contributing toward greater technical innovation and mastery. http://www.donaldfriedlich.com
 

“Most studio jewelers find it necessary to have a production line of more affordable work,” he says. “Supplementing hand work by subcontracting to industry can expand options and increase production and profit margins.”

 

Professional Impact -- Importance

Manufacturing is a remarkable art -- physically, creatively, logistically and technically. It is also a generator of economic strength. I now use the services of a private casting specialist to create multiples of my original components, allowing me to assemble five pieces of highly detailed handmade jewelry a day, versus a single piece every three days. I am also working with 3D printing and scanning of a carved cat as a jewelry component. This MCACA grant would make it possible for me to learn what more processes are, relative to jewelry. I would also acquire the language to communicate with manufacturing vendors for greater efficiency and success.

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Several experiences propelled me in this direction:

·    The 2017 Manufacturers Boot Camp winter and spring at Alpena Community College provided me with real-time industrial concepts and experiences. They included LEAN manufacturing, SolidWorks 2D/3D modeling and printing, one-of-a-kind manufacturing capabilities, arc welding, Bridgeport milling, and factory tours. This program is funded by the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training Grant through the US Department of Labor. (Fig. 1) See a post on my weekly blog at https://www.interweave.com/article/jewelry/studio-notes-challenge-yourself-learn-leave-comfort-zone/

·    A MCACA professional development grant through Art in the Loft, with help from the National Endowment for the Arts, allowed me in June to study figurative wax carving in Portland, Maine, with Kate Wolf. In addition to teaching, she has invented and produced manufactured tools and products globally for the jewelry industry. She encouraged us to explore 3D scanning and printing. http://www.katewolfdesigns.com/

·    I worked in person with http://www.thingsmiths.com/ of Ann Arbor to reproduce my carving (Fig.2) as tiny, 3D images. This will be blogged Aug. 31, 2017 and published nationally in 2018 along with a story about my earlier MCACA grant experience.

 

Dissemination of learning

I write weekly for the paid blog, Jewelry Making Daily. Some of these reports generate hundreds of additional views as they are shared on social media, and they can be posted quickly. See: https://www.interweave.com/article/jewelry/studio-notes-carving-wax-kate-wolf/ I have also written step-by-step, jewelry making articles for the national magazine, Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, since 2010. I have contracts to write about this summer’s experiences. More study of industrial processes will provide me with additional material to share with artistic jewelers nationwide.

 

Thank you for your consideration.

 

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