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susan lenart kazmer: circus troupe and beadfest class

I am enchanted by objects that do double-duty and I have been intrigued by Susan Lenart Kazmer’s free-spirited mixed-media art since 2006, so I was delighted to see that her new series incorporates removable, wearable art jewelry.

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The Opera Singer, sterling silver wire and sheet metal, resin, fiber, feathers, paper

The Circus Troupe will include six figures – The Opera Singer, pictured here, is Kazmer’s first completed figure in the troupe. Made up of a collection of removable jewelry and wearing several rings as her hats, this lady is also adorned with two pairs of earrings, three bangle bracelets, a stack of twelve sterling silver bangles and a charm bracelet skirt. Wow!


Next week Alison Lee and I will be students in one of Kazmer’s classes at Beadfest Philadelphia. Her book and Metalwork DVD have tickled my muse already – I look forward to learning how to craft my own mixed-media rings.

Will we see you at Beadfest Philadelphia? Let me know!


Making Connections: A Handbook of Cold Joins for Jewelers and Mixed-Media Artists

Read more about The Opera Singer’s story and removable components here and if you missed it, you can still listen to Kazmer’s 2008 Craftcast interview here.


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