Wire Works

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 class and showed her work.

V&A Class

In the jewellery collection we looked at a number of examples of jewellery to understand how different people expressed themselves using wire as a medium.The necklace illustrated is by Sir Alfred Gilbert and made using iron wire, glass and imitation pearls. It was one of two made spontaneously by him for his niece and his daughter to wear to a party.

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Sir A. Gilbert

The brass wire spiral neckpiece made by Alexander Calder in 1938, a satisfyingly complete design construction and typical of his bold style. An exhibition of Calder’s jewellery is on show till 2nd November 08 at Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building.

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Alexander Calder

In the jewellery collection we looked at a number of examples of jewellery to understand how different people expressed themselves using wire as a medium.The necklace illustrated is by Sir Alfred Gilbert and made using iron wire, glass and imitation pearls. It was one of two made spontaneously by him for his niece and his daughter to wear to a party.

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