Round 3

Having the last round arrive in the post I was quite excited to find that it wasn’t one piece like I was expecting, but rather two separate pieces. One was completed in the first round from Kathryn and the other, a piece from round 2, was created as a separate piece.

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This made me unsure about what to do. Should I keep them separate or bring them together. I liked what one of the Artists had done by adding the silk thread, though I would never of thought of it. To be honest, at first I was put off by it, but over time it grew on me. I was also really unsure of how it was placed on a silver chain and was it an afterthought?

I now had these pieces and needed to decide whether to make both wearable or leave as objects.

Over time I decided to keep the pieces separate but make both wearable. Keeping the neckpiece as it was; there was a simplicity to it that I didn’t want to spoil.

For the second piece I wanted to put the elements found in the necklace into it, creating a brooch.

By doing this I hoped to create a piece that includes the use of thread, and as a brooch I felt it was most appropriate to use in the form of a brooch mount, encircling or encasing the boxes.

 

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Being able to have my piece taken and changed enabled the thread to be added to it. It was simply this change within my work through the additions project that really grew on me, and has potentially caused a reaction within my own work.

 

Who knows what will be next in the pipeline.

 

 

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Round 2

FullSizeRenderThis round turned out to be more of a challenge that the first two. Having a piece that has had input from 2 different jewellers, made me feel nervous about adding to it. It was more of a challenge to break through it, to change it.

 

This piece, through the stages shown, was not smooth running; the piece was admittedly for me quite hard to work with. Maybe the single component attributed to this.

In my own conversations, I seemed to work with lots of different components in front of me, allowing me to search through them.IMG_0754(but why? )
As I worked on this piece, the design ideas I had at the beginning went completely out the window and there was no the several components to work with.IMG_0758(and don’t get me wrong, as you work with any piece, the conversion does take over to produce something often different from your original intention. But what I find is that it is led by the trials of a particular design idea, I originally had in mine.)IMG_0793This piece felt like it didn’t want to change, that nearly every avenue I tried turned out to be a dead end. Seemingly drying up my creativity, that seemed to be so abundant in the first round.IMG_07611Having got to the end, I am pleased, I created a new version, and look forward to seeing what happens next.

 

 

 

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White Horse in Green Meadow

DSC_1553My latest work will be exhibiting this summer as part of ‘White Horse in a Green Meadow’ at Putti Gallery, Riga, Latvia.

 If you are in the neighborhood check it out, exhibiting amongst some other great artist.

Opens 22nd June.

 Click on the picture below to check out more.

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Continuing on from work shown as part of the SENSEability exhibition which is exhibiting in Vienna this summer. This work explore the relationship of the soft elements or cushions that are used to protect, seeing how a piece works with these as my main focus in a composition.

Design Process on Addition Project

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Thoughts on the Design Process.
My work is usually designed by allowing a conversation between concept, material and abstract expression, which usually comes in the form of drawings. So whichever I start with, the creative process comes from going back and forth between them all.

To be given a piece from another jewellers through the Addition Project is an interesting way of starting. The pieces that are given are not in your style and ability, and can be at very different levels of finish, ranging from a complete test piece to a test sample. Each piece may use ideas and materials you have never thought of using in a way that seems almost alien. And now it is in your hands and you have a decision to make about the next step you’re going to take. Whether it is a mixing their and my style or continuing down their almost alien path and create something new, or to include both, making a hybrid creation.

With the piece of work in the first round I manipulated and incorporated some of my own stainless steel elements creating something quite different from the original. The second round took me away from my own style of work, and challenged me to look at how to manipulate it without incorporating my own work, it was a piece that seemed like it didn’t want to have any wire box frames added.

Photos of Round 2 will be coming soon…

Round 1

February

Having this test piece allowed for a great opportunity to be allowed to play around with the form, particularly in relation to the organic and fluid nature of it and towards my own style of work.

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The first step was deciding how much to add/detract/completely change the piece. This was like trying to step into a really cold swimming pool – hesitant at first but then I just needed to jump straight in.

In the end, I wanted to see how the piece from Jen would be like, if you took the repetitive curves seen in the 2D pendant and continue that into a more three dimensional form, weaving between a piece of my work.

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Allowing the curves of the piece to surround the rigidity of the square boxes.

 

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Additions Project

I have just taken part in an exciting project called ‘Additions’ organised by the lovely Jenny Laidlow. I am in one of many groups, each group comprises of different Jewellers that send one piece, a test piece, to the next jeweller in their group. This piece is given to that jeweller so that they can add, deconstruct, and completely change it. They will add their style to the pieces as they go, while another jeweller does the same to theirs, and so on.

I am one in a group of three, so each piece will have two others alter it, who are not the original creator. Each jeweller has one month on the piece before it gets moved on to the next. This will happen till the original test piece you send comes back to you, in whatever format that may be. You can then choose to keep this piece as it is or change it again until it is to your liking.

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My Test Piece

The aim of this is to give new life and inspire ideas to a piece, which really ends up as a collaboration piece with other artists.

 

Being part of this is an exciting opportunity, to have others designer’s ideas input into a piece of my work will be a real insight. The piece I have sent is one of those pieces that has been made and remade and still doesn’t work. I have been staring at it in the studio and as soon as this project came up it was clear that it was the piece to send.

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Test Piece in Different composition before sent