These are images of some of the beautiful work by Carina Chitsaz Shoshtary and Annamaria Leiste in their exhibition ‘Microphilia’, a reference to the micro world they both work in, spending hours working on tiny elements which make up their jewellery. Annamaria’s work is made from fish scales amongst other materials, strung upon delicate gold and blackened silver chain. I find her the pieces have a fragile, ethereal beauty. Carina’s work is made from pieces of wood that she finds close to her home, she covers these in tiny pieces of graffiti, a signiature material she has been working with for some time. It was a real pleasure for me to get a chance to work so closely with Carina’s jewellery, not only are they beautiful shapes with exciting colours, they are also incredibly tactile. I had admired and coveted Carina’s jewellery for some time and seeing them up close made me love them even more.
I had a brilliant time helping Carina Chitsaz Shoshtary and Annamaria Leiste set up their exhibition ‘Microphilia’, which was part of Munich Jewellery Week. It was a fantastic opportunity to learn from these two talented ladies. The space they had for the exhibition was fairly small but their idea to fill it with white cardboard boxes made such good use of what space they had, creating an interesting backdrop for the work on display. The jewellery was hung and placed in nooks and crevices all over the installation, making it like a treasure hunt of beautiful objects. The placement of the work was much harder then I had anticipated, it’s really important for everything to be harmonious with one another, it was great practice for me to have some input into the display in this exhibition and also to learn from their ideas. They also had the brilliant idea to make display cabinets out of the card board boxes, which they were selling work from (all of which I wanted to buy!) Such a simple but clever idea, it really worked well with the rest of the exhibition, providing some warm light against the cold of the white. I had great fun helping with all the construction, and watching the whole thing come together.
I went to the opening of an exhibition of fourteen different artists at an amazing venue called Villa Stück a couple of nights ago. The exhibition was called GlAmour: Love of Jewellery and it included the work of two jewellery designers who I really love, Peter Chang and Karl Fritsch. Peter Chang makes surreal, fluorescent plastic jewellery which look like some kind of creature from a sci-fi film. Karl Fritsch makes unconventionally beautiful rings using gold, aluminium, diamonds and cubic zirconia amongst other materials , which challenge the idea of precious jewellery.
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.
For some time now I have really wanted to create a fashion film as I was completely inspired by the amazing one’s Nick Knight makes as part of ShowStudio. I like the way the viewer is immersed in the vision of the designer. I’ve made my own fashion film called ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ featuring my beautiful friend Danielle Bentley. I really wanted it to reflect me and my designs, which I have hopefully done! I’m really excited to be showing it along side my jewellery at the exhibition ‘Ambiguous Assimilation’, details of which are as follows;
Manchester Craft Centre, Space 2 Gallery,
17 Oak St, Manchester M4 5JD
0161 832 4274
Preview Evening – Friday 21st November 5.30-7.30 ( All invited)
Open Saturday 22nd November 10am-5pm
Sunday 23rd November 11am- 5pm
Monday 24th November 10 am- 5.30pm
Tuesday 24th November 10am-5.30pm
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.