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T H O M A S
M A N N
W O R K S H O P
S C H E D U L E
Feb. 21-23, 2008
H A N D S - O N Vendor & Speaker at the
Synergy Conference of the
( 1 - 3 d a y a n d 1 & 2 w e e k ) National Polymer Clay Guild
NOTE: One day Hands on Workshops are intense events. Tom’s goal is to get each Baltimore, MD
participant to a ﬁnished product in a 9-5 time frame. This necessarily means that a
good deal of important information must be condensed or omitted. So, while he is Feb. 22-24, 2008
willing to do a one day his preference is for at least a two day event. A three-day Exhibitor at American Craft
event allows for the creation of a second ﬁnished piece for each participant plus much Council Winter Market
more information. Baltimore, MD
Metalsmithing Basics March 5-8, 2008
S K I L L L E V E L : B E G I N N E R Vendor at 2008 SNAG
Jumpstart your metalsmithing skills in this Metalsmithing 101 course. This three-day Conference presenting pO DVD
program will give you an intense exposure to the 12 basic tools and the five primary release, studioFLUX and Gallery
techniques any metalsmith needs to know. I/O Anti-War Medals
Big Links Chain
S K I L L L E V E L : B E G I N N E R T O A D V A N C E D March 6 -March 8, 2008
This 2-day workshop will introduce participants to sculptural perspective on linkages Found Object Sandwich +
for jewelry. A variety of materials and techniques will be explored in the creation of Design for Survival Workshops
BIG Link bracelets, neckpieces and belts. More like sculpture to wear. Studios of Key West
Key West, Florida
Container to Wear – Creating enclosed spaces
C T W S K I L L L E V E L : B E G I N N E R T O A D V A N C E D March 14-16, 2008
Students of ALL skill levels are invited to learn a unique approach to creating contain- Exhibitor at American Craft
ers – employing cold connections in the creation of wearable jewelry objects, concep- Council Atlanta Market
tual and abstract to ﬁgurative and narrative. Thomas Mann has explored the concepts Atlanta, GA
of containers throughout his career – from the size of a ring to that of a building –
and brings this wealth of information to inspire and instruct his students. March 26-30, 2008
Panel Speaker & Vendor at
The Found Object Sandwich – The photo assemblage brooch National Art Education
F O S S K I L L L E V E L : B E G I N N E R T O A D V A N C E D Association Conference
This workshop offers the opportunity to explore the design concepts and fabrication New Orleans, LA
techniques important to an assemblage approach to jewelry making. Mann will lead
workshop participants in the creation of their own found object creations. Students are March 27-30, 2008
encouraged to bring photographs (old, new or magazine) and found objects such as Exhibitor at CraftBoston
buttons, heirloom jewelry or stuff they ﬁnd in the street or in nature, or industrial Art Fair
materials (chain, electronic parts, etc.). to incorportate in the design and fabrication Boston, MA
of a personal wearable expression.
April 15-20, 2008
The Earring in Balance –The design and fabrication of earrings Design for Survival + Surrealism
E I B S K I L L L E V E L : B E G I N N E R T O A D V A N C E D to Where? at Revere Academy of
This one day workshop explores earring design and fabrication employing a variety Jewelry Arts
of techniques from cold connections to die forming, in the creation of earrings with San Francisco, CA
emphasis on weight, balance, movement and fun.
May 1 - 4, 2008
Surrealism to Where? – An Exploration of the Abstract New Orleans Jazz Fest
S T W S K I L L L E V E L : A D V A N C E D New Orleans, LA
This 2 day minimum workshop is a take off of the The Found Object Sandwich. But
involves more advanced techniques in soldering, etching and die forming. Partici-
pants are challenged to create 3D abstract surrealistic wearable objects that contain
T H O M A S fabricated and found materials. This workshop is for the advanced metalsmithing
M A N N student and must be conducted in a fully functional jewelry studio.
W O R K S H O P
S C H E D U L E One Off to Production – Critical Design Thinking for
( c o n t i n u e d ) Professional Success
O O P S K I L L L E V E L : A D V A N C E D
July 14-18, 2008 This one or two week course is structured to deliver the critical understanding and
Small-scale Sculpture & Wearable skills that recently graduated metalsmithing and jewelry students or amateur jewelry
Art at Anderson Ranch Art Center and metal artists, will need to substantiate the personal investment of capital, mate-
Snowmass Village, CO rials, tools and training as they launch professional careers. Mann shares his 35
years of professional practice and business management know how in support of
Oct. 8-12, 2008 those with the desire to make it as professional jewelry and metal artists. Participants
Metalsmithing Basics & Found will be challenged to Extrapolate a Design Vocabulary from their One Off work, Struc-
Object Sandwich at Valley Ridge ture a Production Line based on that vocabulary, learn production techniques, de-
Art Center velop Public Relations and Marketing strategies and get a handle on employee
Muscoda, WI management issues. This is a hands on course involving jewelry making,writing and
Oct. 22-26, 2008
Idea to Object (projectOBJECT) projectOBJECT™ – From Idea to Object
at Maryland Institute College of p O S K I L L L E V E L : A D V A N C E D
(M|I|C/A) Baltimore, MD Using reality TV program formats such as Iron Chef and Project Runway as models,
projectOBJECT™ applies a similar set of conditions to the field of contemporary craft.
projectOBJECT artist/designers compete to design and produce the targetOBJECT™
pr ojectO BJ E CT in a limited time frame to be judged and awarded by professional jurors.
U P D A T E
Applications are solicited from a national audience of amateur to professional artists.
After one year, the dvd release of Four teams of four members will be selected on the basis of their skills and experi-
projectOBJECT will take place ence and assigned the roles of Shop Manager, Design Coordinator, Pricing Coordi-
March 5, 2008 at the SNAG (Soci- nator and Marketing Director.
ety of North American Goldsmiths)
projectOBJECT™ will challenge the teams to design, prototype, produce in multiples,
Conference in Savannah, GA.
price for retail utilizing the Design for Survival™ pricing equation, develop a marketing
strategy and present their product to a panel of professional jurors, in just three days.
In addition to telling the story of the
challenges the particpants were NOTE: Sponsorship of this workshop entails preparations beyond the norm. All con-
faced with and what was learned ditions leading to a successful event must be planned long in advance. Pricing for
(with plenty of bonus material to this workshop will be negotiated on an individaul basis. We are anxious to conduct
elaborate on the experience), the this workshop in every craft medium. Please contact Angele Seiley at 504.581.2111
dvd is intended to garner interest or firstname.lastname@example.org with your interest in hosting a projectOBJECT™ event.
by craft professionals, schools and
broadcast publishing in order to
move it closer towards Tom’s ulti- A R T I S T A S E N T R E P R E N E U R
mate goals for this project: W O R K S H O P S A N D
involving other instructors and craft L E C T U R E S
bringing it to the general public
Design ƒor Survival – Entreprenurial Thinking and Tactics for Artists
though broadcast television
S K I L L L E V E L : B E G I N N E R TO A D VA N C E D A L L M E D I A
thereby raising the level of con- This workshop was developed by Thomas Mann to answer a continuing demand
sciosness & appreciation for hand from artists for access to small business management know how. Tom has been pre-
crafted goods. senting his DƒS workshop continuously since 1989 for schools, universities, guilds,
art councils and art centers all around the US and Canada. For a detailed listing
Back to the participants... please see the accompanying resume. The content of these workshops and lectures
the members of the winning team is applicable to artists working in ALL media. DfS is presented in 1 or 2 day versions.
will have a show of their individual In a one day format participants witness a daylong series of 3 lectures: Design Vo-
work at the Baum School student cabularies: what are they and how to use them, De-Mystifying Public Relations and
gallery this summer. The winning Pricing your Work: the Pivot Point of Success. The second day of a 2-day workshop
brooch (put into production by allows participants to make presentations of their own work and business practice for
Thomas Mann Design) will be a positive critique by Tom and fellow workshop members.
available for sale at that time.
NOTE: One day DfS Workshops can accommodate as many participants as the s t u d i o
space you have to hold it in. A classroom or an auditorium might be appropriate. Tom F L U X
has given the DfS Workshop for as many a 100 participants and as few as 5. The o n l i n e
second day of a Two Day Workshop necessitates a more intimate setting for partic-
ipant presentations. A function room with tables and chairs and adequate lighting is Past, present and future stu-
a perfect setting. Only 10-12 participants can make a presentation in a 9-5 time dents of Thomas Mann can
frame, so if there are more participants than that who would like to make presenta-
share info & images, ask ques-
tions, then a lottery for those spots must be conducted.
tions about workshops, and pur-
DƒS Out Take Lectures chase workshop products by
1-3 hours in lengths these are live presentation lectures. visiting tmworkshops.com.
Lecture Topics include: Developing a Distinct Design Vocabulary, Pricing: The Pivot-
Point of Success, De-Mystifying Public Relations, Building a Line, and A Trade Show You must be a yahoo member
Pep Talk. to access the message board.
Artist Slide Talks Go to http://groups.yahoo.com/
Tom has several slide talks prepared on his work. group/tmworkshops and click
1. “Techno-Romantic 101”, is a one and a half hour talk on his past and present work. on “Join this Group”. If you have
2. STORM CYCLE is about his post-Hurricane Katrina touring exhibition, its concep- a yahoo account, sign in and fill
tual development and making of. the request form, making sure
to introduce yourself with a little
P R I C I N G I N F O R M A T I O N If you don’t have a yahoo
account, sign-up for one
Daily Fee: $1200.00 per day, plus travel, housing and per diem and then return to
Lectures and Slide Talks: $400 each http://groups.yahoo.com/
NOTE: Fees may be variable subject to arrangements with a local representing group/tmworkshops and follow
gallery where Thomas would have a concurrent show of his work or his presence in the instructions above.
your area for some other event, such as a fair or convention, etc.
We actively promote your workshop program on our website and in emailings to
Tom’s large client base.
C O N T A C T
Variations on presentation combinations might be a one-day DfS with a two-day FOS,
with a Slide Talk and book signing on one of the evenings. For up to date information go to
w w w. t h o m a s m a n n . c o m /
influxnewsletter.htm. Click on
“TM Exhibition Schedule” to
learn if there is a workshop in
your area. If none are available
in your area, encourage your
local arts groups to sponsor one
and have them contact us.
Thomas Mann studioFLUX
1810 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130