when one thing ends another thing begins

There is a blurry area within the course of being a maker, a place where the jewellery is neither one thing nor the other, or belongs to either one place or another. I am fascinated with this space between; the space of process. Duality sits somewhere within my environment, making a piece of jewellery and…

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detached in the observation of performance

  ‘It was like a movie’ always means something happened, you saw something happen right in front of you in an emotionally charged larger-than-life context. ‘It was like a movie’ can only ever mean that while you’re looking at what’s happening in front of you, you’ve also managed to step back from the experience, you’ve…

the strangeness of things

For some time I have been taking the odd photo of the things that happen  to cross our kitchen table. Living with engineers, the table becomes a place of exchange where objects are traded between us or as a temporary residence for objects; between them having been one thing, like a raw material, and them…

the allure of things

Can form become more precious than material? For the HS3 Frame Galleries exhibit I have combined some of my Kauri Plate pieces, from the Platina show, with 2 new necklaces made from an unknown wooden bowl. My intention was to extend an earlier exploration from Handshake2 that used the same making process, with slight variances,…

why wood I, I wood why?

Circumstances of late have made me think that now would be a good time to talk about my material of choice, wood, and quite frankly I see it as a good place to start reflecting. While being mentored by Helen Britton we discussed style surfing and how the internet provides a haven for makers to…

structures, folds and rivets

Earlier this year, Helen invited me to Munich to attend her upcoming workshop, Structures, Folds and Rivets at Akademie für Gestaltung und Design [Academy of Art and Design]. Helen rarely does workshops these days and she suggested it was a perfect opportunity to work through making a prototype from beginning to end that wasn’t over…

the kauri plate

‘She had always liked to dress neatly, and remained fastidious all her life. She reflected the styles of her late Victorian youth by dressing usually in a navy or black dress, with a lace jabot at her neck, held by a brooch.’ Megan Hutching – Over the Wide and Trackless Sea: The Pioneering Women and…

structures, folds, rivets

I’m off to Munich tomorrow to spend a week with Helen and do her ‘Structures, folds, rivets’ 5 day workshop,  https://www.hwk-muenchen.de/ all very exciting and I’m looking forward to making and discussing without being at different ends of the earth! Then its off to Stockholm to meet up with the other Handshaker’s for the Platina exhibition http://www.platina.se/Pressrelease/Handshake_press.html and…

bestowed tools

Living in an engineering family allows me to recognize the importance of tools and the ability to create tools that make making a little easier. A while back I also had an interesting discussion with jeweler Roy Mason about adapting what is accessible to create working supports in your studio. Not everything that helps you…

universal balance

What does the space between the feminine and the masculine look like? This question to myself has drawn me towards a statement below about the work of Louise Bourgeois; ‘Through the use of abstract form and a wide variety of media, Bourgeois dealt with notions of universal balance, playfully juxtaposing materials conventionally considered male or…