This is the first little test piece I managed to dye yesterday to see if the anodisation had worked and it was a success! I only put it in the dye for a couple of minutes but it has gone bright orange.
I had a very exciting and full on few days in Munich last weekend, where I went to the international jewellery fair Schmuck and as many of the fringe exhibitions as I could cram in! I had the pleasure of seeing some truly incredible art jewellery, meeting some lovely people and also learning a lot about the industry. There were some fun and well thought out exhibitions, such as Helen Brittons ghost train, Dialogue Collective presenting their Jack the Ripper inspired jewellery to the viewer as if it were forensic evidence and the MAD faculty of Hasselt University displaying their work on their backs as a mobile exhibition. It’s hard to pick favourites as there was a wealth of beautiful, clever and inspiring work on display but above are a few of my highlights from the weekend.
I wanted to make sure the ‘dark matter’ side of the symmetry in my development work was as exciting to look at as the bright UV colours, so I’ve been playing around with some amazing iridescent materials. I liked the idea of having a pompom coming out of the resin, like I had seen on the minerals at the Natural History Museum.
I went to exhibitions and museums in London the other day and one of the most inspiring and incredible things I saw was an exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s glass work and paintings at Halcyon Gallery on New Bond Street. The colour of the glass he makes is so incredible, it is bright, vibrant and so beautiful. The display of his work was also really great, with lights shining through most of the pieces, making them really come to life.