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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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Reunion, study visit and paddle

Stephen Bottomley organised a visit to my studio of the Edinburgh College of Art Jewellery and Silversmithing Department and we also rushed round the V&A jewellery gallery.  With my partner in mischief Susan Cross, I led some of the students through the lovely oval pond in the John Madjeski Garden to see the blue grey carved stone in the centre, it was the perfect day for a paddle!

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Alexandra Palace

I visited the Knit and Stitch Show at Alexandra Palace and found the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef had migrated there. It is a huge show with suppliers showing all sorts of materials.

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Origin

I enjoyed both weeks of Craft Council organised Origin and the bonus for me was meeting lots of Edinburgh graduates who were exhibiting their work. I advertised the event on the floor of the studio during open studio sessions exaggerating the perspective of the floor space.

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Purely visual

There is so much to see that is visually stimulating in London, the entire V&A collection of course and diversity of architectural styles to be discovered just walking about, but often odd things catch my eye too.             

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Redheads

I have been very fortunate to find the perfect red head models near at hand.

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Having the studio open to the public has changed my working process and I have laid the space out to engage the public in an educational way. There are my test pieces and samples of metalworking processes and the visual record of my own work is on the wall with the tests and experiments I am doing now. I also have prototypes of projects I will be doing with schools and projects for families (more about this later).

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