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Elizabeth Taylor – Jewellery and Ornament

You may have noticed some of the press recently making the rounds for the sale of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewels (among other parts of her collection). Looking at the lots on offer one wonders how such a petite woman ever managed tomove around so enormous are the carat weights of some of the stones. One of my favourite galleries at the V&A is the William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery. If you ever have a case of Holly Golightly’s mean reds, the spiral display of rings here will cheer you up in no time. It’s all too easy to hold up …

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Draw a Line and Follow It

One of my favorite art works is called "Zen for Head,"a performance piece by Nam Jun Paik. It is an interpretation of a 'score' by another artist, LaMonte Young, who was associated with the Fluxus movement of the 1950s and '60s. This group was interested in putting the possibility of artmaking in the hands of ordinary people. Young's "Composition 1960 No. 10" consisted entirely of the instruction:"draw a straight line and follow it."A couple of years later, Paik did just that, dunking his head in a bowl of ink and dragging his hair like a giant brush along a scroll …

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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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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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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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