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FIBULA, brooch, or pin, originally used in Greek and Roman dress for fastening garments. The fibula developed in a variety of shapes, but all were based on the safety-pin principle. Greek fibulae from the 7th century BC were elaborately decorated along the long catch plate: rows of animals, such as ducks, lions, and sphinxes, might be soldered on, or a frieze of animals might be worked in relief. The fibula was in widespread use throughout the ancient world. The Roman conquests spread the use of the fibula, which because a basis for more complicated brooches. By the Middle Ages the Roman safety-pin type of fibula had fallen into disuse.
In this workshop we will explore the endless possibilities of fabricating contemporary pins and brooches. techniques covered: forging, friction-fit pin backs, uses of mixed metals, cold connections, and more.
Brooch Detail of the Irish psuedo-penannacular Londesborough
BIO: Fred Zweig is a self-taught metalsmith practicing since the early 1970s. He has been involved with teaching others for over 30 years and has a sincere passion for the process of metalworking and all of it's traditions and possibilities.A creative innovator of materials and tools to create unique designs, Fred has attended and assisted in many workshops in metal and other media. Most recently he was a guest presenter for the international Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, last May, 2012. He has taught several workshops in California and Colorado and is a regular visiting artist at Idyllwild. Teaching is a natural extension of his desire to share with others what he knows which falls into his desire to "Show and Tell".
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