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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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Engaging with the Open Studio

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 […]

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Edinburgh students and graduates

I enjoy the visits I have had from current and past students of Edinburgh College of Art, many have popped in over the four months to see what I am up to and I am expecting a group to visit next week when they travel down to see the Craft Council organised London Craft Fair Origin at Somerset House. A number were selected to show their work in the exhibition Roar in the Oxo tower gallery a few weeks ago. 

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Silver of the Stars

Having the presses gives me a chance to explain about hallmarking and the purities of the various precious metals. I also explain the work of the Scottish Goldsmiths Trust to stimulate the craft of silversmithing in Scotland by staging exhibitions such as Silver of the Stars which is currently touring museums and galleries throughout the world including the V&A. 

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Very Open Studio

My studio is open to the public at certain times and in addition there are regular surprise visits from various groups who are on official tours of the V&A. Today it was a group of museum officials from Taiwan who enjoyed making Edinburgh hallmarks using the two presses that I borrowed from the Museum of Scotland.

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Enamelling Exhibition in Glorious Devon

I was invited by the Devon Guild of Craftsmen at Riverside Mill Bovey Tracey to give an address for the opening of a wonderful enamelling exhibition Playing with Fire. Enamellers in the UK responded to the invitation to make proposals for new work in enamel and the jury of Elizabeth Turrell, Evangeline Long, Simon Fraser and myself had the difficult task of selecting from the proposals submitted.

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