Learn the neon art of ‘tube bending’ using specialised equipment and tools.
In this two-day introduction to neon, students will learn:
- the procedural method of forming letters
- how to splice tubes over a burner
- different methods of form bending
Students will be provided with an extended opportunity to practise and develop the dexterity and hand coordination required to form shapes and letters, while learning the basic theory of neon. Sessions will include pattern bending for basic shapes like squares, hearts, cactii, circles; and free-form bending to make abstract shapes like clouds. The workshop will also include the opportunity to attempt to bend their own design.[table “67” not found /]
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Steven Cole is a Melbourne based neonist who has accumulated close to 40 years experience in the field of neon glassbending. Coles’ family has been involved in neon since 1940. His father, Thomas “Keith” Cole was the maker for the recreation of the famous Melbourne neon landmark, the skipping girl vinegar sign. Colloquially known as “Little Audrey”, this heritage-listed piece is still visible in Melbourne today. Cole’s passion for neon started at an early age when he went to work at Whiteway Neon, his father’s neon studio.
Cole has had solo exhibitions of his neon art installations at 69 Smith Street Gallery in Fitzroy, and his work is on display around Australia. In addition to creating his own pieces, Cole completes freelance work for other professional artists and designers. Cole has worked in collaboration with artists such as Alex Herring, Melissa Cussell, Janice Hazell, Peter Kennedy, Ally Pyers and Brianna Carroll.