contemporary jewellery

A War Fought With Pens

I watched a really interesting Storyville documentary on BBC iplayer called Mugabe and The Democrats. It is about the leaders of two political parties in Zimbabwe trying to get people to vote honestly in a referendum about the electoral system of the government. In a speech to the voters, one of the leaders talks of how they once fought a war with guns in Zimbabwe but now they fight a war with pens. I thought that this was a powerful statement and that it could also be a really powerful visual. I have been trying out different finishes and shapes with pen lids in order to create a striking necklace for my collection. It might take me quite a lot of work to make them into something good, but I think it would be worth the hard work!

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Asanti Gold

I really love the amazingly over the top gold that the Asanti tribe from Ghana wear. For centuries they have been making jewellery using the lost wax casting technique, where wax models are covered in thin layers of clay, which is then fired so that the clay hardens and the wax melts out, the clay is then used to cast the gold. I thought it would be interesting to recreate the texture and look of the cast gold jewellery using a non precious material, something which could be done by anyone. I have cut rubber inner tubes and sprayed them with gold paint which I actually really like!

Charlotte Street News

I’m in London getting a little inspiration for my next project and i’ve just discovered how amazing Charlotte Street News is! Just an ordinary little newsagents who also happen to sell every beautiful publication you can imagine. I bought a copy of Current Obsession, which is all about contemporary art jewellery. I just wish I had more money to spend in there!

Photoshoot

I organised a photo shoot with a great professional photographer called Chris Tyler. He gave me the raw files of the photographs so I could have a go at editing them. I wanted to keep them pretty natural, as the models Hayley and Dan are pretty gorgeous as it is. They certainly aren’t perfect but I really enjoyed working on them and I am happy for a first attempt!

Fixing Mistakes/Making Hinges

After some essential exhibition organising this morning, i’ve finally made it to the studio! Today I’m re-drilling a hole that I had to fix as the first one was a miniscule millimetre out! This set me back a few hours, which just shows how precise and patient you need to be to create jewellery. I’ve got the patience, I’m still working on the latter. Ince I have drilled.the hole, its on to the next stage of making a hinge.

Carina Chitsaz-Shoshtary

Carina Chitsaz-Shoshtary is one of my favourite contemporary jewellery designers and so I am very excited to hopefully be doing a work placement with her in Munich in October! Her work is beautiful and she uses such interesting techniques, I really can’t wait to learn from her.

DeeLynn

I have been spending my Thursdays doing a work placement with DeeLynn Jewellery and Ceramic design. DeeLynn makes amazing contemporary jewellery from guitar strings and silver. I have really enjoyed working for her, I have learnt so much about the making side of things as well as the practicalities of setting up and running a business.