The SENSEability exhibition has reached its next destination, if in town, it will definutley be worth a visit.
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…
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.
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.
Allowing the curves of the piece to surround the rigidity of the square boxes.
A photo of the first piece received as part of Addition Jewellery 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.
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.
I am very happy to announce I will be exhibiting, alongside some other fantastic artist, in Munich, in March as part of SENSEability curated by Drew Markou and Rachel Darbourne, here is a sneak peek of some of the work, hopefully we will see you there.
To check out the full listing and any other information check out……
It will run from Thursday 12th March at 10am with a breakfast private view. Closing on Sunday 15th at 6pm, at Studio Gabi Green, Munich, as part of Schmuck 2015.
…well 4 months in
The progression of work.
It has been a hive of activity over the last year, what with my wedding, studio, hothouse and work. Every moment I have been able to sit down and write a blog post, my mind has not had anything relevant to say or perhaps, too much to say.
After having played around with work over the last few months I have noticed an interesting progression from my MA collection to more random and smaller series, testing out old ideas and possibilities along with new ones.
However, it is only when I take a step back that I feel you are able to progress, especially if you are seemingly at an end with a piece of work, more often there is another step. My MA collection was both fun and challenging for me, but it was never the be all and end all, I see clearly now that it was only the first step on my journey within jewellery. In the sense it pushed my conceptual thinking to the limit, challenging my idea and aesthetics in my work. From that I have been able to see where my strength and weakness lye as well as what worked and what did not.
My latest work, which has been exhibited over this last year can be seen bridge between my MA collection and myself. Exploring how I am motivated to produce work whether through design or making. Breaking pieces down and seeing the different elements.
This work is the building up of a single form, allowing ‘the little’ to create the large.
I am finding that I am becoming, or perhaps always was particularly interested and drawn to the process of designing and the different aspects of it within art jewellery as a whole.