According to the artist Ralph Ziman, guns have an ‘almost mythical ‘ status in South Africa. Good or bad, the AK47 has become a massive part of the culture in cities and rural area’s of Sub-Saharan Africa. As I have mentioned before, I am interested in the contrasts of Africa and in the image of the young girl from the Mursi tribe holding a gun so casually, we see an evocative example of this which is what I am hoping to express through my work. When I visited the British Museum recently, they had an example of a fake assault rifle which was made by poor road workers as an attempt to warn off potential ambushes. The fake gun was made from wood and covered in tar. This has inspired me to make my own version of a fake gun using tar amongst other materials. I have been working on gun designs to be used as a motif throughout the collection
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!
Whilst researching all things African in the UK I came across this little place in Dulwich. The museum is full of curiosities collected in the Victorian age. There were some interesting pieces on display in the Africa collection. I was particularly inspired by the amazing textures and by how strange and quite scary most of the objects were.
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!
These are some design idea’s for an exhibition poster I’ve been playing around with. ‘Ubiquitous Assimilation’ means to absorb everything around you all the time, these designs are a visual representation of this idea, with the information being absorbed and then coming out as art (the exit arrow is made up of my drawings) Although my designs are not getting used for this exhibition, I really enjoyed making them and it was great practice for the future
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.
Since the term began I have been hard at work for an exhibition we are organising as part of my course. The exhibition is entitled ‘Ubiquitous Assimilation’ and the work is in response to the brief ‘Miniature Collections’. I decided to carry on looking into lovers padlocks, which led me naturally to think about lockets. I liked the idea of creating jewellery with the aesthetic of a padlock but the meaning and function of a locket. I’m really excited about the exhibition as I have some ideas to make it interactive with the viewer.
A friend of mine asked me to design five album covers for the brilliant Liverpool based band Fire Beneath the Sea. The album is called ‘Phuxubtlety’ and the music is upbeat and fun, so I wanted to design something in that vain and so glitter and bears seemed to make the most sense! The EP’s will be auctioned off later in the year.
So I finally got at least one necklace finished off in time!! I’m not 100% happy with it as I struggled to get it constructed in time as I was using many processes which are new to me. I have put so much energy and hard work into this, it’s always a little disappointing when the end result doesn’t look as good as you would like, however I’m happy I got it finished and it does look like my original designs. I’m now ready to take all that I have learnt onto the next exciting jewellery project!
I spent quite a few hours sawing and filing this piece also, the anodising and dyeing actually went really well, the colour is amazing. Unfortunately whilst trying to remove some scratches before the anodising process I managed to make the surface uneven and so I won’t be using it, I’ll be putting this on my list of lessons learnt!