"I’m really interested in nature, and I think chaos, nature and sometimes random acts are more beautiful than if I force form onto the material…. All humans respond to nature."
Master goldsmith and artist Charles Lewton-Brain trained, studied and worked in Germany, Canada and the United States. Along the way, he invented new approach to metalsmithing and called it foldforming. Instead of forcing sheets of metal into forms, the artist folds it, works it and then unfolds it, using the natural plasticity and elasticity of the metal to create natural 3D shapes and textures. Foldforming is now widely used. Hundreds of folds have been categorized and techniques now include the use of traditional forging tools, and embedding wire and other objects into the folds. Lewton-Brain is a dedicated instructor, writer on the techniques and research and an advocate for his field at the national and international level.