Wonderful Wire Working


  • Venue Studio 3
  • Price £40/£50
  • Event type Creative Courses
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Think of the wire as a pencil line and then take it for a walk! Using wire, as you would draw a line, is an engaging way of creating a unique artwork.

In this new wire working workshop you will create a two-dimensional picture or three dimensional flower heads and leaf stems. You will learn how to bend, weave, fold and wrap various types of wire, using different colours and thicknesses, to create detail and add interest.

You might like to bring a photo of your own to ‘trace’ with wire or to make a patterned panel using a jig to help make repetitive shapes, or to freestyle a flower head and stem. Finished panels can be displayed on the wall or in the window and flower heads and stems can be displayed in vases or plant pots.

During this four-hour workshop, you will learn some techniques of working with coloured craft wire, thin copper wire and iron binding wire, mixing and matching the different colours to add interest and contrast to your designs. Tools and equipment used to shape and bend wire include various types of pliers and snips and a board to hammer pins into to help keep the wire under control while working. Jigs to create repetitive patterns will also be available.

Craft wire in particular is quite soft, making it easy to bend and use and wire wrapping, weaving and snipping are not tiring techniques. During the workshop there will be plenty of time to master the technique and create beautifully made outcome or two.

Tutor Emma will provide samples and ideas as inspiration for your finished piece. Photos of your pet, home or a favourite landscape are a great way to personalise your designs and if it could be printed out at A5 or A4 size and brought with you, then you can directly trace those lines with the wire, using the wire as you would draw a line. Alternatively, flowers and leaves are a lovely 3D project and finished stems can be displayed in a vase or turned into a garland. If you have any other ideas of what you would like to make then bring them along and we’re sure Emma-Jane can make that happen too!

Emma-Jane Rule is an award winning Contemporary Metalsmith and Silversmith, with a workshop at StudionAme in Leicester. She is a member of Design-Nation and has exhibited nationally at contemporary art, craft and design events. Her handcrafted contemporary metalwork is created using traditional silversmithing skills as well as a metalworking technique called foldforming. This involves folding sheets of metal and using hammer blows to stretch certain areas, when unfolded and manipulated by hand they are transformed into three-dimensional forms. Taking inspiration from the rhythms and patterns found in nature, Emma-Jane’s portfolio includes decorative vessels and wall art in silver and base metals, lighting and jewellery. 

This four-hour workshop starts at 10.30am and ends at 3pm, with half an hour break for lunch. Our café will be open or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch.

All materials will be provided. Please wear shoes or boots that do not have open toes.

Participants must be aged 18+.

Further Information:

We aim to make all our sessions as accessible as possible and carers/PAs are very welcome – just remember to book their free place when you book your session. If you'd like to talk to us in advance of booking or attending your sessions to discuss your access needs, our Box Office team is here to help! Email arts-centre@le.ac.uk, pop in or call 0116 252 2455, open 7 days a week.

We have four blue badge parking spaces outside Attenborough Arts Centre, plus double yellow line roadside parking very close to the building for blue badge holders for up to three hours if our parking spaces are occupied.

Free parking for all customers is available after 5pm on weekdays and all day at weekends in the University of Leicester car park next door to Attenborough Arts Centre on Lancaster Road. The closest public car park for parking at all other times is Victoria Park, 5-10 minutes walk from us.
Please ensure that you agree to our updated Terms & Conditions before booking as courses/workshops are non-refundable in some circumstances.