GNCCF 2012

Some snap shots of the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, again situated in Spinningfields, Manchester. A great time that saw a good response to my MA work.

This response was something that honestly quite worried me before I went, being so immersed in the MA has taught me so much but many people who knew me before may not have expected the change or the development that happened becuase of it. However I can gladly report that while some people were quite put off by it, not understanding the forms and relationship of the work, other took great interest in it, seeing and understanding my thoughts and path in the work. Having played around with the display ideas beforehand I decided to create a more exhibition-type display that linked in to my MA show display. Using the idea of space and ‘less being more’ should allow people to be more able to focus on each piece they are seeing.

Setting up, like the silly person I am, I happened to scold my hands with boiling hot water, therefore having one bandaged hand, makes putting up a display rather difficult! BUT with some help! we managed it. Thank you!

Finally all set.

Situated next to the lovely work by Anne Laycock.


Great shadows but resulted in rather hot metal…..

All packed away and ready to go home.

GNCCF ended for another year.


Next step is to start getting a new studio together, so I can continue to crack on with work, having just used a spare room in my old flat, I definitely need a defining space I can call my own workshop.

Something that made my smile….

My new friend that I feel complimented my postcards beautifully.



So only a week to go before the show closes, here is an invitation again if you have not already checked it out.

If you are not able to make it I will giving a short preview of the exhibition soon.

Opening Times are 9am-5pm, apart from the last Wednesday when it closes at 4pm.

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Days of assessment…

A little sneak peek of starting to set up the show – working out the display and composition on the boards.


This week have been finalising pieces to put together for the collection for my final display, this has been quite hard as everything I have done is quite different and trying to select a limited number that are the strongest is quite difficult, maybe that is where I have slipped up and haven’t been as controlled as I thought I was.

The ability to defend your work as stated on the brief is a notion that is quite difficult, I think the answer to this is confidence, it is told that as long as you are confident about what you are presenting, and you don’t doubt the work then all you can do is shine, as with my shining however it is always better with preparation. This means a greater confidence in just a few pieces, which can also be alittle scarey.

The space is just as an important factor that must be represented in the work.


A week of assessment

 Trying to clarify what my work is about, understanding how it fits together and what underpins it.

It is interesting because you start with a set of research and inspiration but then over the year the work progress so much that its almost like you leave that begin,  which is ok even though it was your starting point, but being able to tell someone new about you work is easier because you start from the beginning but someone who has been following your work throughout the year. That is something I find the hardness, no-one wants to hear the same starting point repeated 4-5 times but then how do you describe how it has progressed without starting at the  beginning, beginning are always so much more exciting to talk about, as opposed to how it is made and why etc, (I am sure there is something missing there aswell but I don’t really know what it is.), keeping simple but interesting.

I have to decide my display by Friday now  and then what I want to say about them, choosing pieces is always difficult and I always seem to split one way or another. It is always a learning curve but the choosing of my pieces for display is always a downfall for me, it’s like writing. I just seem to blurb on (much like now for instance). There is always a point when I cross over the line, but I never can see that line myself, having someone explain or point it out that to me is good, but I need to learn to do this for myself. This is why for the display of my final collection I will only use 3 necklace pieces and 7 brooches along with 1-2 drawings, these I have to choose from  20 plus necklaces and 15 brooches, some of course are a easy choice to put away but trying to clarify which are the best when each piece is so different its definitely not an easy task. To cope with this I will be looking at particular which three sit well together but each is still unquic and may have a slightly different branch of research, something more to talk about.


The neckpieces have been an exploration of the complexity of a composition, I wanted to take the form of my much loved brooches and see how that translates into a neckpiece, however what I didn’t want was a piece of work that was a direct translation of a brooch on a bit of string, therefore I explorated scale and shape but I found that it was most successful when explorating the complexity as previously stated. Issues of weight and scale along side materials and colour gave much more room from an exploration that moved away from the brooches, which to be honest, I could make a whole MA collection that was just brooches however I could see the need for more wearablilities in my work to show the extent of my practise.


So my amazing numbering of the weeks has finally gone to pieces. I will need to find a new title…

Heres some photos of the work coming together, and a few of what will be my MA final collection

The simplest things just seem to hit the nail on the head.

It’s at this stage that you shouldn’t keep everything in a box all packed away, you need to know what you have made and what needs to be made, having them all layed out is a lot easier to do this, something that I have had to learn, but a very important lesson. Luckily the rest of the school of jewellery courses are not starting till September so I had enough room to do this. It is very good practice for each collections to do, as well as spending essential time away from them so that you can come back with a fresh mind.

Week 42


its all about structure!

Some photo from Fountains Abbey, inspiration from my work.


There is something in the contrast between rock and metal, one chosen for its texture quality and visual appeal and all the connotation that are linked to that, castle/strength/protection and the other a man-made manipulation of a natural material in such a different way that speaks to me of character and a specific purpose, even though is seems somewhat randomly placed, however on a wider view it is in the exactly right place.

Work in progress shots, making use of empty undergrad studios.

Week 40


I do not have anything new to show this week, everything is in process stages at the moment. I am trying to work in batches that allows for my work to develop at a fast pace but allows time at each stage to reflect on what I am actually producing.

My work has been very focused on the manmade aspects of our world, and it have been suggest how changing from a urban environment to an rural will change that aspect of my work. It the influence of man made environment with the structure and material that interest me more than something that would be seen as natural. I think i want to celebrate something that has been there that has become like its own nature and it is so natural to us, it has change and develop/ degraded that its has taken its own characteristic. It is not living but it almost seems to be because of how it changes. Something as simple as my note book that start so fresh but now it scratched and full of lose paper, it is intriguing and Ii love to be able to look back over, even though most of it doesn’t seem to make sense anymore, it in with my thought it has gained its own character and aesthetic that in my eyes is so much more interesting that anything else. Its has not changed and grown because it needs to, even thought its has.

My link between the jewellery and drawings and why.

I wanted to share these with you.

The remains of a fellow student’s work that produces a lovely contrast between colours materials and marks.

Words that I have been researching in relationship to my work.


1. a surviving mark, sign, or evidence of the former existence, influence, or action of some agent or event; vestige: traces of an advanced civilization among the ruins.
2. a barely discernible indication or evidence of some quantity, quality, characteristic, expression, etc.: a trace of anger in his tone.
3. an extremely small amount of some chemical component: a trace of copper in its composition.
4. traces, the series of footprints left by an animal.
5. the track left by the passage of a person, animal, or object: the trace of her skates on the ice.

1. to perceive by the sight or some other sense or by the intellect; see, recognize, or apprehend: They discerned a sail on the horizon.
2. to distinguish mentally; recognize as distinct or different; discriminate: He is incapable of discerning right from wrong.

Also see a link to my interview as part of Cast from Different Moulds.

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Thank you

Week 39

It has been an frustrating week, trying to refine just 3 pieces and only getting one done. However the refinement ended up in 6 new avenue to pursue. Below are the first 4 tests. After trying a larger and smaller size I have decide on the middle ground, they are small enough to be worn as a group and the proportions at that size for me that portrays the correct ideas of containment and Claustrophobia.

Playing around with size, shape, proportion of cut outs, Whether I cut each individually or link each shape and how it affects the structure of the piece as a whole.

From these I create two more brooches that are in my sense a refinement in object.

I want to continue with the idea of redundancy in my work, something that I touched upon in my research but as not yet explored. This ties into the notion of mistakes and celebrating them. A mistake is something that happens that leaves a unwanted mark or leaves a pieces redundant. I want to see how I can push this in my work whether it is the highlighting of mistakes or the adding of another element. Seeing how this affects the balance of a piece, particular with sheet brooches.


  • an error in action, calculation, opinion, or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient knowledge, etc.
  • a misunderstanding or misconception.


  • the state of being redundant.
  • superfluous repetition or overlapping, especially of words.
  • a redundant thing, part, or amount; superfluity.
  • the provision of additional or duplicate systems, equipment,etc., that function in case an operating part or system fails,as in a spacecraft

Yellow brooch that is final finished.

Also we (MA Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products 2012) have set up our blog for our group entitled ‘Cast from Different Moulds’

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