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Dorothy Hogg

Working at the V&A recently, I managed to snatch a few moments to call by the new Sackler Centre to meet Dorothy Hogg, jeweller and inaugurating artist in the Museum Residency Programme. Within seconds our words were tumbling and pouring over each other’s, laughing and sharing experiences.

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Submarine Twilight

Guest posting by Frances Rankine, Curator, Word & Image Department‘I was fortunate enough to be in the Daiwa Foundation gallery on my own when I went to see Sian’s exhibition for a second time. The objects were hung in a lovely sunny room and it added to the wonderful sense of stillness and quiet that the images bring to me.When I sat down to write my contribution to Sian’s blog I was re-reading Tim Travis’ essay in the exhibition publication ‘Of Dust’.

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Jean Toutin, designer and engraver

I was fascinated by engravings for black and white enamelled miniature cases by Jean Toutin who worked from 1618 to 1640.

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World Beach Mini Cards

During the York Talk I spoke about my work and collaboration with the V&A including, of course, the World Beach Project. Many of your fabulous entries were highlighted in the PowerPoint and it was also great to have available these mini cards.

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A New Discovery: Prints and Drawings

I am a student every Tuesday taking part in the History of Jewellery Course run by Dr.Beatriz Chadour and the curators in the jewellery and metal department. It is a rare experience to be taken through the developments in jewellery since early times and to be able to handle rare pieces from the collection.This week we were taken to see the print department’s collection of designs for jewellery. It is so amazing to see these things at first hand, original drawings by Lalique and Josef Hoffman and a rather surprisingly poor drawing of a necklace by C.R.Ashbee.

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Find Make Wear Contributions

Madeleine from the Crafts Council has responded to the challenge with an elegant marsh grass necklace.

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Open Studio Visitors

Over the weekend I also had open studio sessions and was delighted by visits from jewellers of note who also came to make a charm, Susan May, Daphne Krinos and Alison Flanders made lovely charms for the Chain of Talent as did a jewellery student from Sheffield called Emma who came all the way to take part.

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The Chain of Talent

The idea for the chain came out of a question I was asked at the interview for the residency, ‘What would you do with 4000 parents and children coming to the museum over a weekend?’ I responded with ‘Make a big chain and wrap it round the V&A’.

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A Busy Weekend

After weeks of discussion and preparation the Chain of Talent project finally took off.V&A’s Heather Whitely managed to sort out all the health and safety issues and put up the chain with some help.

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Sue Lawty

I had a surprise visit from fellow blogger Sue Lawty who was a textile artist resident at the V&A. We talked at ninety miles an hour about our residency experiences and it was very good to meet her.

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