This week I thought that it would be a good idea to give you a sneak peek into the NEW Book that I've been working on. Let me know what you think. Here it is -
Most wire artists forget that a majority of the techniques and patterns used in wire wrapping began in the early 20th century. C.G. Oxley is the Henry Ford of the Wirewrapping world. While he didn’t invent the art, he did revolutionize its production and popularity. Around World War I wire art was used as therapy for soldiers. Mr. Oxley saw the potential of the art and employed teams of artists to create wire art for department stores in
Jim Llewellyn admired the work being produced by Oxley. Eager to create his own wire jewelry he purchased wire and instructions from Oxley 1935. In no time he had taught himself to create wonderful pieces of jewelry. In 1959, after many years of perfecting his craft, he and his wife Mavis immigrated to
Another key figure in modern wire art is Tom Phalen. Not much is known about Tom. He was a wire artist who traveled to various art shows throughout the
People like Mr. Oxley, the Llewellyn’s and Tom Phalen along with many other pioneering artists created many of the wirewrap designs being used today. As the years have passed and new artists have emerged, the proper credit for these designs has died. Many credit their mentor for the design. Others credit books, magazines, and videos that have featured these wonderful creations. Sad to say many jewelry instructors have passed these creative designs off as their own creation. In reality those teachers are simply passing on designs that have already been created.
This book is dedicated to those pioneering artists. We’ll be using their wonderful techniques to create modern jewelry designs. It is our hope and desire that you take these designs and techniques and use them in such a way as to create new works and designs of your own.
So that's it! What do you think...
'til Next Time