Ruth Facey, local jewellery maker and myself have joined our skills, knowledge and creative thinking to create the
“Heart of Andover”.
An open drop in workshop at Union Street
Bureau of Exchange
1pm to 4.pm, Thursday 4th of June
The design came up when shaping the Encounter Art Shop project based in Andover High Street last year.
The Heart shape represents the existing road design of Andover town.
Within the context of “Andover Loves Me Back”, I am observing and collecting stories about connections, serendipity and love from Andover Town and people and from the activities within the shop.
Creating a token or coin comes in the project as a representation of the Exchange between people.
The coin will decorate the belt I carry during my walks while collecting and spinning stories and will be part of a final structure presented at the shop 5pm on Wednesday 17th of June.
In the current structure of our society, money is used to define the exchange and how we value work, goods and services. This week, we are joining Lydia’s project the Freed Market in questioning the monetary system and its value.
What does it really take to make money?
How are our labour and skills valued?
Stage 1; Cut copper disk with saw, sense the fragility of the blade, act with it, not against or it will snap.
Stage 2: Create a template shape with copper wire; hold your breath in the moment. apply yourself fully or you might loose it all in a split second.
stage 3 : Solder copper wire and copper disk together; trust the fire and respect it so you can tame the flame and control the process.
Stage 4: Lay jewellery clay flat in tray: put the tray at the right level for your height. Put all your strength on the roller and you will rule the
Stage5: Put template in talcum powder ; remember baby time.
Stage 5: Press down template; do not move side ways, only down strongly in total control.
Stage 6: Gently lift template out of clay; precision is all.
Stage7: Heat up pewter to melting point; call an expert!
Stage 8:Pour metal into shape; call an expert!
Stage 9: Pull shape out of the mould; the moment of truth
Stage 10: Cool down in cold water; achievement.
Stage 10; Clean up the shape; not finished yet.
Stage 11; Cut unwanted metal overspills; total control, time is everything
Stage 12: File to soften edges; perfectionist.
Stage 13: Enjoy your coin, feel it, keep it, give it to a friend, a loved one or someone who needs it.
Stage 14: Value your action; how did it make you feel? what skills did your learn? what did you learn about yourself, about the world?who did you meet? Did you make someone else happy?
Money can’t buy happiness.
What about the one you made yourself?
The Heart of Andover Coin Making workshop takes place on Thursday 4th June from 1pm at The Bureau of Exchange. You can find us at 2b Union Street, Andover.