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DUDEK Regina, AUSTRALIA: FROCKS and CHANDELIERS

Artist Regina Dudek has been creating her whimsical wire and metal sculptures for the last 20 years. She draws inspiration from everyday items often deemed well past their use by date. Where others see junk, she senses beauty and a rich history expressed within decay and decline.      To source the appropriate "treasures" to include in her metal and wire sculptures , Regina scours op shops, garage sales , junkyards and road side chuck outs. She's been known to pick up old bottle tops from the footpath.

Each discovery- delicate chandelier crystals , pre loved jewellery , buttons, rusting wire, a bent spoon, keys, old pressed metal, tapestries, lace, embroideries etc.- is as warm as a reunion of old friends.     

Regina's construction methods are unapologetically low tech- binding and twisting with wire, riveting and gluing.

Regina has taught in high schools and has conducted many adult workshops, including regular teaching spots at The Fremantle Arts Centre during her time in Western Australia. 

She currently lives and works from her studio in Inverloch, South Gippsland , Victoria. 

Her work can be viewed on her Facebook page The Mad Queen and on Instagram @reginadudek The Mad Queen

 Frocks and Chandeliers

I'm proposing to teach my students a variety of wire-working techniques to enable them to create a medium sized dress sculpture and a large wire chandelier in the 4.5 days.

Blackened annealed steel and recycled copper wire will be the principle materials used.

A basic design will be followed for both the frock and the chandelier. There will also be plenty of scope for students to incorporate their own design ideas into each piece.

Students will be encouraged to bring along personal items to embellish their pieces. This could include sentimental pieces of old jewellery, spoons, textiles, beads, buttons, keys, chandelier crystals or any other similar items. The incorporation of these items into the finished piece is optional. The students will be guided by their own design aesthetic.

(Along with my guidance)