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Opening up a new mode of thinking. Review of the Titanium Workshop with Fabrice Schaefer and Yanli Duan

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Published: 30.12.2019
Yanli Duan and Wen Zhang Yanli Duan and Wen Zhang
Author:
Yanli Duan, Wen Zhang
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Klimt02
Edited at:
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2019
 Fabrice Schaefer demonstrates the material to students..
 Fabrice Schaefer demonstrates the material to students.

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Intro
In this workshop, titanium wire were used as a medium. We paid attention to the spatial expression of the research line and the unique coloring effect of titanium, and explored the tactile texture of the metal surface. The purpose is to guide students to master new techniques so as to jump out of the traditional metal coloring method and make the metal form quickly.
The Purpose and Significance of the Workshop
This course is listed as the metal craft course system research in the 135 Curriculum Teaching Reform Project in 2019. It is one of the core courses of the jewelry department in the College of Crafts, China Academy of Art and an international key course of the college. The course is called Metal Craft Ⅱ, which belongs to the second stage of the undergraduate teaching system, the metal language module in media materials and language. It focuses on the coloring methods and characteristics of metal materials. The course was taught by Yanli Duan, a jewelry teacher from the China Academy of Art, together with internationally renowned expert and scholar. This time, Fabrice Schaefer was invited, a professor from the Geneva University of Art and Design, Switzerland.

This course breaks through the conventional metal materials in the current teaching of jewelry and metal art majors, such as silver and copper, which greatly enrich the materials and language expressions of jewelry creation. At the same time, more importantly, titanium is formed by means of hot-working, bending and other techniques, which opens up a new mode of thinking for students. It should be emphasized that this technology plays a demonstration role in the domestic jewelry and metal art profession.


Biography of the Artist
Fabrice Schaefer, born on February 14, 1969 in Geneva, Switzerland. He is a professor at the Geneva University of Art and Design and a member of the Geneva Art Association. Professor Fabrice has been engaged in titanium research for many years. He has a unique insight into the special metal materials and processes and can be described as a landmark person in this field.

 
Fabrice Schaefer​


Works of Fabrice Schaefer
The hard titanium seems to be extremely soft under Professor Fabrice's hands, and the work is simple but powerful. His works pay attention to the relationship between modeling structure and surface color, pure and natural.
See Fabrice's work images below after the text.


Course Content

1. Early Guidance
Professor Fabrice first explained the physical properties of titanium and other related theoretical knowledge, compared the characteristics of titanium with conventional metals, and focused on the visual characteristics of this material. These were explained to students with examples of diversified expressions, opening up students' horizons.

 
Professor Fabrice and the students.

 
Professor Fabrice and the students.


2. Material Demonstration
This course starts with One Line, paying attention to the spatial modeling language of lines, and gradually studying the coloring effect and surface texture of titanium.
The forming process of titanium is centered on heating, folding and engraving. From design, cutting to forging, the professor demonstrated the whole process. He showed us the different color changes of titanium under different temperature and time control. By using different shapes of diamond polishing rods and wheels, the texture of titanium can be changed.

 
Professor Fabrice demonstrates the material.

 
Professor Fabrice demonstrates the material.

 
3. Course Demonstration
The demonstrations of different titanium techniques, sample pieces made by Fabrice Schaefer.



Samples by Professor Fabrice.

 
4. Student Practice
 
 
At the workshop.


At the workshop.


At the workshop.


At the workshop.

 
During the course, Professor Fabrice was very patient to answer the questions of each student, checking them one by one, correcting any problems in the production of the students in time, promoting and guiding the program according to the progress of each student.

 
Professor Fabrice and the student.

 
Yanli Duan, professor Fabrice and the student.

 
5. Course Summary
At the end of the course, Professor Fabrice commented on each student's work. He analyzed the characteristics of the work, and explored the parts that can be further expanded and modified, and also provided detailed and constructive suggestions for students to improve and deepen the work later.

 
Professor Fabrice and the students.

 
Professor Fabrice and the students.

 
The Lecture
Professor Fabrice showed the students his creative process and titanium works. Through the combination of text, images, and videos, the students got close to his works from many aspects and angles. He also introduced the curriculum structure of his university, as well as teaching idea and works of excellent teachers and students.

After studying the creation of titanium works for many years, Professor Fabrice has used his unique expression and emotional language to communicate with metals, looking for different metal languages, so that students see unlimited possibilities on the original hard, monotonous titanium.

 
Professor Fabrice gives the lecture at China Academy.
 
 
Professor Fabrice gives the lecture at China Academy.

 
The one-week titanium course has ended. He perfectly grafted and merged the two professional directions of metalwork and jewelry with titanium, and made a good supplement and breakthrough to our metal craft teaching, realizing the diversification of metal materials research and exploration of performance. Special thanks to Professor Fabrice for his selfless dedication, and also to the relevant academic departments, leaders and teachers who contributed to this course! We hope that continuous and in-depth exchanges can be formed in the future, and we hope that students can learn from and make most of it!

 
The group photo after the workshop.

 
Teaching Professor: Fabrice Schaefer (Switzerland), Yanli Duan.
Photographer: Zongquan Ling.
Teaching Time: 2019.11.25-2019.11.29.
Teaching Group: Fourth-year Undergraduate.
Sponsoring Organization: Foreign Affairs Bureau&Academic Office, China Academy of Art.
Undertaker Organization: College of Crafts, China Academy of Art.


Edit: Yanli Duan, Wen Zhang.
Translation: Yanli Duan, Yao Yao.
Review: Zhenghong Wang.
Fabrice Schaefer. Ring: Firework, 2018. Titanium. Fabrice Schaefer
Ring: Firework, 2018
Titanium
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Fabrice Schaefer. Ring: Pur&Dur, 2017. Titanium, diamond.. Fabrice Schaefer
Ring: Pur&Dur, 2017
Titanium, diamond.
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Fabrice Schaefer. Ring: Jardin Inespéré, 2018. Titanium. Fabrice Schaefer
Ring: Jardin Inespéré, 2018
Titanium
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Gaobo Zhang. Object: Untitled, 2019. Titanium. 18 x 4 x 7 cm. Gaobo Zhang
Object: Untitled, 2019
Titanium
18 x 4 x 7 cm
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Jiahui Liu. Bracelet: Untitled, 2019. Titanium. 18 x 18 x 10 cm. Jiahui Liu
Bracelet: Untitled, 2019
Titanium
18 x 18 x 10 cm
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Jiahui Liu. Bracelet: Untitled, 2019. Titanium. 18 x 18 x 10 cm. On body.. Jiahui Liu
Bracelet: Untitled, 2019
Titanium
18 x 18 x 10 cm

On body.

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Qinyun He. Neckpiece: Untitled, 2019. Titanium. 25 x 35 x 10 cm. Qinyun He
Neckpiece: Untitled, 2019
Titanium
25 x 35 x 10 cm
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Qian Xu. Ring: Untitled, 2019. Titanium. 3 x 2 x 2 cm. Qian Xu
Ring: Untitled, 2019
Titanium
3 x 2 x 2 cm
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Shiwen Qian. Earcuff: Untitled, 2019. Titanium. 10 x 10 cm. Shiwen Qian
Earcuff: Untitled, 2019
Titanium
10 x 10 cm
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Shiwen Qian. Earcuff: Untitled, 2019. Titanium. 10 x 10 cm. On body.. Shiwen Qian
Earcuff: Untitled, 2019
Titanium
10 x 10 cm

On body.

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Zhonglong Lu. Ring: Untitled, 2019. Titanium. 7 x 4 x 5 cm. Zhonglong Lu
Ring: Untitled, 2019
Titanium
7 x 4 x 5 cm
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Zhonglong Lu. Ring: Untitled, 2019. Titanium. 7 x 4 x 5 cm. Zhonglong Lu
Ring: Untitled, 2019
Titanium
7 x 4 x 5 cm
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Wen Zhang. Necklace: Untitled, 2019. Titanium. 20 x 35 x 5 cm. Wen Zhang
Necklace: Untitled, 2019
Titanium
20 x 35 x 5 cm
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Wen Zhang. Necklace: Untitled, 2019. Titanium. 20 x 35 x 5 cm. Detail view.. Wen Zhang
Necklace: Untitled, 2019
Titanium
20 x 35 x 5 cm

Detail view.

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Anran Xu. Ring: Untitled, 2019. Titanium. 7 x 7 x 5 cm. Anran Xu
Ring: Untitled, 2019
Titanium
7 x 7 x 5 cm
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