Artist in Birmingham art uncover finds impulse in jewelry

Oakland Township artist Collyn Bano uses healthy elements — like this casting of a small tender plant — in her jewelry, being shown in a Art Birmingham show, May 13-14, in Shain Park.

Oakland Township artist Collyn Bano uses healthy elements — like this casting of a small tender plant — in her jewelry, being shown in a Art Birmingham show, May 13-14, in Shain Park.
Courtesy Collyn Bano

Artist Collyn Bano doesn’t usually take impulse from inlet in her art — she uses pieces of inlet to emanate her jewelry.

Through her company, Tree Trunk Arts, a Oakland Township artist casts twigs, leaves and other ruins of a outdoor into wearables that will final forever.

“I consider inlet inspires so many artists — it is constantly changing — growing, lush and dying,” Bano says. “For me, we am preoccupied with capturing those small moments that happened via a seasons.”

The routine came to Bano while she was study metalsmithing during Grand Valley State University. She started perplexing to see what she could put by a casting process, and found that things like bark, bugs and leaves worked well.

Bano gathers her materials anywhere she can find them, either it’s seeing a cold tree while on a drive, walking around a neighborhood, roving or looking by her possess tender garden. She uses some things right away, while others she stores in an register for destiny use.

To emanate her works, she does a polish casting process, putting plant tools into plaster, and after it sets she puts a dusty smear mold into a kiln for 8 hours or more. Then she pours potion steel into a molds to emanate her jewelry.

“I am desirous by inlet changing around us, a textures, a forms, how they function, what they mean. The physique and how we can accoutre a physique with inlet inspires me,” Bano says. “I am desirous by people’s tie to a forms that we use, personification with helicopters (maple seeds), or a favorite tree.”

Bano is one of many artists bringing their works to a annual Art Birmingham show. More than 150 juried artists are participating, with works including painting, ceramics, photography, jewelry, glass, wood, sculpture, churned media, fiber, steel and more.

Taking place each year on Mother’s Day Weekend in downtown Birmingham’s Shain Park, a tradition is giveaway to a public, and presented by a Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Commission, to grasp a prophesy of providing “art for all.”

Throughout a year, BBAC offers classes for those meddlesome in art, and works to foster art appreciation in a community.

“The BBAC is dedicated to cultivating an appreciation for unique, domestic works of excellent art; one of a ways we grasp a idea is by bringing veteran artists and a village together,” pronounced Annie VanGelderen, BBAC President and CEO. “A excellent art satisfactory is an authentic art experience. Artists not usually vaunt their work, though rivet with a assembly — pity their impulse and training from a fairgoers’ response to their artwork. It’s an critical attribute that nurtures and enhances creativity for both a artist and a people who attend.”

In further to a art for sale, a BBAC will have a Youth Art Activities Tent onsite for children to make art for Mother’s Day.

For Bano, being in art fairs gives her an event to accommodate a people who suffer her work. She looks brazen to going to Art Birmingham to speak to people about her pieces and hear since they like them.

“I adore events like Art Birmingham since it allows me to bond with my customers,” Bano says. “I get to discuss with business that collect my work, hear feedback, listen to their stories about inlet and many importantly we teach people about my routine and about a plants.”

• If You Go: Art Birmingham, presented by Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, is 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday May 13-14, in Shain Park, 270 W. Merrill St., Birmingham. Admission is free.

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