Enigmas and Illuminations: Intimate 3D Collage

Instructors: Willy and Wes Reddick

Supplies/Materials Fee: Students will purchase materials a la carte from the instructors

Enrollment limit: 10

Level: All levels

In this workshop we will create small-scale wearable, free standing or wall mountable sculptural assemblages using recycled tin as the primary medium, augmented with ‘scrap,’ ‘precious’ and collected materials, and painting. Basic techniques of working with recycled tin will be covered, including safe handling/cutting, riveting, doming and texturing with ball peen hammer, layering, sewing with wire and other cold connection options. Emphasis will be placed on small-scale world-building within the 3-D environment of a shadow box or other similarly framed ‘container’ with or without glass. Students may draw inspiration from personal histories, invented narratives, tableaus and shadow box fine art as well as memories and passions, poetry, song, and more.

Little Red Bicyclette, Olive oil can riveted onto a sardine can, with the top of a wine bottle inside under glass by Willy Reddick, Paper Moon, Candy tin, card stock, paint, people cut from front of tin with painted ukulele, brass, under glass by Willy Reddick, Halcyon Cart, wood, metal, wire, tin, bone, 10″ x 17″ x 5.5″ by Wes Reddick

Willy Reddick was born into a family of artists in Brockton Massachusetts, studied at the Massachusetts College of Art and has been working professionally as an artist for over 35 years. She moved to Maine in 2004 where she continues her self imposed life-long challenge of extracting a living from her insatiable need to make things, which includes but is not limited to white-line woodblock printmaking, cold connection metal work, and miniature paintings framed in repurposed and semi-precious metals. Her work has been featured in several publications including 5oo Handmade Books Vol. 2 by Lark Books. She also designs and manufactures her own line of Willy Wires jewelry, is a freelance designer, and for many years handpainted prototypes for the toy industry. She was a founding partner of Åarhus Gallery and lives with her husband Wes in Belfast, ME where she is also an avid rower.

Wes Reddick was born and raised in Sharon Massachusetts, and studied sculpture at Massachusetts College of Art and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art in Copenhagen. At age 19 he began a self-guided trek to build everything that posed a reasonable challenge; from mechanical kinetic sculpture to prototype miniatures and on to large-scale museum display cases, private built-ins and public art installations. For several years he was a preparator in the Boston area working for institutions including; The Fuller Museum of Art, The Kendall Whaling Museum, Tufts University Gallery, and The Boston Society of Arts and Crafts. Presently he makes a living as an artist-carpenter-woodworker, designs and builds custom cabinetry and furniture, creates wood and found object sculptures, builds fine oars for rowing, and helps train Cornish Pilot Gig racing teams in Belfast Maine. Wes lives in Belfast, was a founding partner of Åarhus Gallery, and regularly rows a dory in the Penobscot Bay with his wife Willy.