STEVEN FOLLEN

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‘Making it Yours – Metal’ Crafts Council, London.

Films: April 2005. Exhibition: June 2005

Steven was commissioned to produce a series of 8 short educational films about makers and metalworking processes, to be part of an exhibition called ‘Making it yours – Metal. The exhibition marked the first time that the Crafts Council had presented a large group of metal artefacts from its national collection and coincided with the exhibition of the shortlist for the Jerwood Applied Arts prize –Metal. MIYM’s main purpose was to raise awareness of the Crafts Council‘s collection of metal artefacts and present some of the key works in that collectrion. The exhibition demonstrated the technical breadth and material range of the subject and was curated by Amanda Fielding, Curator of the Collection. The piece ‘Bound’ (1994), made by Steven and purchased by the Crafts Council in 1996, was included in the exhibition.

The films document individual metalsmiths Steven Follen, Lucian Taylor, Julian Coode & Julian Stephens demonstrating technical processes. As a practising metalsmith, in producing directing and editing the films about the processes Stevens knowledge of the materials and the techniques served to help make explicit the tacit skill and understanding. The project, aimed at extending knowledge and understanding of metalworking techniques and processes, and gave unique insights into how metalsmiths work, their working environments, the inventive use of equipment and the nature of their practice.

Some of the films can be viewed at the following links on Youtube: Patination Etching

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