Application of wire weaving to the production of light fittings

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January, 2016
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The main objective of this project was to explore application of wire weaving, a jewellery and metalsmithing technique for the production of light fittings in a studio setting. This study was deemed necessary because it was observed by the researcher that much attention has not been given to the technique by fellow craftsmen over the years due to the claim of some that it is difficult and time demanding. The research employed studio based research methods under qualitative design to execute the project. After collecting and analysing data for the study, the researcher explored various weaving types at the studio in order to select the appropriate weaves that will be suitable for the project. After the exploration of the weaves, the plain weave, diamond twill weave and twinning technique of basketry were selected and used for producing the light fittings. The result of the study revealed that using wire weaving technique in the production of light fittings is not time demanding and difficult as claimed by some metal artists.
This thesis was submitted to the Department of Industrial Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Fine Art (Jewellery and Metalsmithing),