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.
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.
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.
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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.
What i wanted to say when answering the brief for a Hothouse Peer networking session:
Looking out the window
When looking out my studio window, most of what I see is a rather old run-down building two floors up, I am level with it’s angular roof, the same singular shape of tile repeated in a rather less than uniform nature. The wall is more consistent apart from that missing brick.
The sounds I want to hear and the sounds I don’t – Some days are a little different to others. One day I may only want silence (usually when I am writing). The unwanted steps of others or the key on a laptop often, still break these. These sounds always appear heightened or louder in my eerie silence I try to create to try to gain some calm. Yet silence can never be just that in an urban environment.
Other days, particularly when I am making, there is a need for music, whether it is the radio or a particular band (to sing along too). My hands are doing the thinking that leaves my head to enjoy it, concentration is second nature at this time. There is no need to create the space for it.
Whether it is silence I need or not, the choice is about understanding how I will or want to work on any given day, knowing for me that one days temperament is not always the same as the next.