"In the end, it boils down to this: some things simply must be made."
Metalsmith, educator and writer Andy Cooperman works from his Seattle studio where he builds jewelry and objects for exhibitions and private clients. His work and writing has appeared in blogs, magazines and books, including Humor in Craft, Art Jewelry Today (I, II & III) and The Penland Book of Jewelry and is held in private and public collections such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, Central College in Pella Iowa, and the Tacoma Art Museum.
As a teacher, Andy’s goal is to help students develop the creative problem-solving tools that will allow them to see beyond standard solutions and open new doors onto the creative process. He teaches and lectures nationally and is available as a visting artist, curator and creative pot stirrer.
Minds are like flypaper, at least mine is. All sorts of strange and unpredictable things get stuck to it. Beautiful things, unsavory things; commonplace things glimpsed from a different angle or new perspective. It could be a phrase or a new material, or maybe something so ugly and funky that it becomes beautiful. A little factoid or obscure detail can thrash around in the glue until it wriggles in and begins to itch and fester. Whatever it is, it’s something that I need to pull off the sticky brain-paper and talk about. Making is my way to understand; to reconcile and respond, to pry things open, peer inside and eventually share my observations. In the end, it boils down to this: some things simply must be made. It’s the only way I can scratch the itch.
Here’s a little more…
Surface, micro-structure, gesture– a bump or sweet little defect: the true character of things lies in the details. Quiet, strange and intimate places define my world and I think that my work reflects that. The sharing of an idea or observation in the form of a small object is powerful in a way that other forms of expression simply aren’t.