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My own work is progressing far too slowly as there are so many distractions, most of which are interesting! My residency was one of four areas selected by a French/German television channel to be the focus of a programme dealing with behind the scenes at the V&A. The charming French filmmakers spent almost four hours filming me working at my bench in the studio and talking about my work. We...
Cambridge www.kettlesyard.co.uk www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk I am satisfying a longstanding ambition to see museums in and near London that I visited long ago and also to visit some I have never seen. In Cambridge I finally saw the Fitzwilliam Museum and at Kettle’s Yard the beautiful Brancusi head that sits on a grand piano. When I was at Art College in Glasgow the study of history of architecture...
  My invitation to find transformable material, make it into jewellery and photograph it being worn will over the next two years develop into an exhibition in London and a publication. I have been pursuing my own challenge to find, make and wear and have made a number of ‘jewels’. The rings have become containers for facetted stones made from the discarded packaging.  
  Making the Sackler Centre Collection of Recycled Jewellery made me think of a challenge to issue to any readers of this blog. FIND suitable material MAKE it into jewellery WEAR it and send your images to the 'Find... Make... Wear...' Group on flickr, with an explanation of why and how you made it.   The Material The material selected can be a material you recycle or it can be an unlikely...
I have started a line of quotations around the wall of the studio just above door height and am seeking art related quotations that I like, to add. Please send me any art related quotations and I will select and write them in pencil onto the wall of the studio, my intention is to encircle the space by the end of the residency with these words of wisdom. 'There is hope in honest error, none in...
I am using non-metallic materials and various media to explore a more fluid approach. I am also making interventions on different materials both found and bought and testing the audience response to them. So far some of the responses are satisfyingly full of surprise and amusement.
I was able to study and handle more of the jewellery collection. I am absolutely fascinated by so many of the things I see. Strange constructions, unusual ear wires, great side snaps, exquisitely simple rings of beautiful proportion that have been worn for so long they have become thin and tell of the passage of time and the hands that wore them. I feel like a visual voracious beast, consuming...
I had the pleasure of working with ten talented resourceful people who came to the V&A for three days to engage with me on a project called ‘WireWork.’ Using simple tools and various wires, I structured the class to cover a wide range of approaches and I was delighted by the diverse results everyone produced. Hannah Simpson one of my graduates from Edinburgh College of Art came in to the...
This first collection of jewellery I decided to call 'The Sackler Centre Jewels' I found the recycled packaging very responsive to manipulation. I arranged the pieces I made on the wall space and formed various rings to give to all the people who had helped me over the previous weeks.
I spent a most pleasant sunny day at the bench in the studio making jewellery from the rescued material. The studio is a lovely space and it has resonance, an echo due to the height of the ceiling and the concrete floor. The sun streams in my window from above the Science Museum opposite and I can hear the excited chatter of children as they gather outside the museums.