Valentina Caprini, coming in from Florence, Italy, will be teaching a 3-day Contemporary Filigree class at Diane Weimer's studio in Long Beach, CA on Jan. 31, Feb. 1,2, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 9-4pm at a cost of $565. Includes a $65 kit fee. (Advanced class Feb 3-4.. add for $387)
In the three days of this intensive course, you will be able to immerse yourself in the world of one of the most ancient techniques in jewelry, learning step by step every phase to realize a Filigree jewelry piece.
Starting from the twisting technique of metal wires, you will discover the endless possibilities of weaving, and intertwining and filling in the wire. Under the guidance of the teacher, every student will have the possibility to create a wearable piece working the silver with special hand-made pliers, in order to ‘weave’ an unique jewel, interlacing a centuries-old technique with your own unique hand trait.
What is more the knowledge of the traditional technique, every student will be followed personally through a creative process, focused on empowering each unique artistic language. Inspiring exercises and imaginative activities will help the students to develop original ideas in the making of a contemporary and unusual Filigree piece of jewelry
About Valentina Caprini
Valentina Caprini (Verona, 1982) is a contemporary jewellery maker and teacher based in Florence.
After a Master Degree in Semiology, she completed in 2012 her BFA at the renowed Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence, where she was tutored by international artists like Peter Bauhuis and Ruudt Peters.
Her studies of conceptual jewellery continued with a course exchange in 2013 at the Estonian Academy of Arts, mentored by Tanel Veenre.
Once back in Italy, she stabilized her studio in the first co-working space for jewellery makers in Italy, Officine Nora.
Coming from a family with a strong feminine tailoring tradition, Valentina wanted to bring this passionate root into her jewellery world, finding experimental ways to connect textile and metal work.
She weaves freerly thousands of meters of threads on hydrosoluble fabric to create gigant jewellery (the “Pink Roots” collection was exhibited at the Triennale Museum in Milan in 2017) or she fuses handmade fabrics into precious metal.
What is more she decided to specialize in the ancient Filigree technique, the art of working with metal wires.
Pure gold or silver threads are woven into organic shapes with special pliers, an action that resemble the act of embroidery, the pieces are then soldered with fire to create a woven-like jewellery.
Valentina learned Filigree directly from the artisans of Campo Ligure (Genova), one of the most important places in the world still active for this technique.
Nowadays she’s happily working as an independent jeweler, exhibiting her works in places like USA, Canada, Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Spain.
She also teaches Metalsmithing and Filigree Technique at Officine NORA, at the International Institute Lorenzo dei Medici School (Florence), and abroad.
Contact me at email@example.com to sign up for this class