Weaving With Wire

Course Description

About this course

Create alluring surfaces and structures using woven metal techniques including: braiding, Soumak, knotless netting, knitting (without knitting needles) and more. This hands-on workshop will introduce students to textile techniques that can add texture, form, and dimension to their work. Students need not be experienced metal workers or weavers to acquire these skills, although manual dexterity is a must for this detailed work. These processes may be applied to jewelry, functional objects, or sculpture - the sky is the limit!

Meet the Instructor

Munya Avigail Upin

Munya is a metalsmith and educator, living in the living in Hudson Valley. Born in Faribault, Minnesota, she received a BFA from Drake University, an MA from San Diego State University, and an MFA from California State University, Fullerton. She was artist-in-residence at the Oregon College of Art and Craft and has taught at the University of Wisconsin, Madison; Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas; Penland School of Crafts; and the Massachusetts College of Art, just to name a few.

Munya employs skills generally associated with fibers and textiles in the making of original jewelry and sculpture, and she is regarded by many as an authority on combining metal and fiber techniques. Photographs of her work have appeared in Metalsmith, Niche, American Craft, and Arline Fisch's Textile Techniques in Metal. She is an award-winning metalsmith who has exhibited nationally and internationally for 45 years. Her exquisite metalwork is in private and public collections through the United States and Europe.

In Munya's own words:

The evolution of one's work is like a memoir in progress. Narrative work coexists with functional work and both say something about the maker. The work may depict one's childhood dreams, a circutious journey through life, or serve to enhance a ceremony. Whatever the statement or purpose, the work is genuine and revealing.

My work is represented by both sculptural and functional objects. The sculptures portray aspects of my life from childhood to adulthood. The pieces are about dreams, pain, surprises and realizations. Though the imagery ranges from non-representational to figurative, all the sculpture, in one way or another, documents my memories. The work is both evocative amd cathartic, and serves as my unwritten memoir.

The Jewish ceremonial pieces evolved out of a desire to create beautiful objects for weekly and yearly ritual celebrations. I am intrigued by the history of these objects as well as the challenge to design pieces for use in a contemporary setting. Most of the Judaica contains woven elements which create a uniquely rich, textural surface. These surfaces, combined with clean simple forms, express my design sensibilities and my attempts to make ritual objects that elevate the ceremony with which they are associated.

Materials & Tools 

There is a $50 materials fee for this class that is payable upon registration. It includes the supplies you need to create samples of each weaving style and includes multiple gauges of copper wire, wooden dowels, findings, and various tools.

Working in silver will be discussed during the first class. The instructor will place an order for any students who would like to work in silver - contact instructor 2-6 weeks to ensure you receive your silver order. 


Students should bring 
  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors
  • Optivisors (if needed)
  • Flat or needle-nose pliers
  • Masking tape



Materials Cost



Munya Avigail Upin


March 7 -8, 2020


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


2 days

All Levels
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