Full of Hot Air - Inflating Steel Forms (S22)

Instructor: Sabrina Fadial

Create inflated steel forms using our plasma cutter, welders, sheet metal and compressed air. You'll design patterns and trace-cut them with the plasma cutter. Two or more matching shapes are then welded together, heated in our whisper forge, and made ready to inflate. Like magic, using compressed air, the flat welded pieces expand into delightful three-dimensional forms. Add some simple forged rod and these forms can become flowers, wands, or whimsical garden ornaments. Some welding experience helpful, but not required. This class meets in-person in AVA's Sculpture Building. $85 materials fee applied at check-out.

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Sabrina Fadial is an artist who works in a variety of materials focusing on fiber and metal. Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse, and Ruth Asawa have influenced her work. Fadial attended the Pre-College Architecture Program at Carnegie Mellon University, received her BFA in Textile Design from Rhode Island School of Design, and her MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts. As a sculptor, she strives to document the beauty of what is endangered or commodified. Much of her work is inspired by nature and women. She creates abstract organic forms using both steel and fiber. For the past thirty years, her work has been shown extensively in galleries across the US and is part of numerous private collections. Fadial currently runs Stevens Branch Studios, a creative incubation space in South Barre, VT. In addition to her art practice, she is on the Architecture faculty at Norwich University. sabrinafadial.com