Thursday, 1 December 2016

Seaweed Jewellery Collection

Recently I've been working on some new designs....something that has taken a while after the busy summer season here in St Ives.  My seaweed metalwork has been very popular so the jewellery has been a natural progression from that work....
At the moment the earrings & necklaces are in sterling silver with a bright or oxidised finish but I want to look into gold plating some of the pieces to add further colour contrasts as when I was making the 'masters' they looked good in copper & brass colours...











Hopefully this new work will get a good response...I shall be showing it for the first time this weekend at Flambards 
Sat 3rd & Sun 4th December 10am - 4pm 


Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Autumn in St Ives Exhibition

I am currently exhibiting at the St Ives Arts Club with knitwear designer Alison Dupernex.  We have previously show together at this venue in February this year with our 'Colours of Cornwall' exhibition.  We then realised how well our different disciplines work together.

 


 The theme this time is the changing colours of Autumn with reds/oranges/rusts/ochre combined in metalwork & yarns. We are both demonstrating some of our techniques while we are at the Arts Club so visitors can get a better understanding of what is involved.  I have a selection of my sketch books available which show the starting points for many of my designs. I am also developing some new jewellery ideas based on seaweed finds while I am there.

The exhibition continues until Friday 14th October closing at 5pm.  If you are unable to make it this time there is a little video clip on my Facebook page.  We are also planning a further event in February 2017.
 
 
 
 
 


  

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Guild of Ten window display....

I have been a member of the Guild of Ten for around 3 years now.  It's great to be part of such a well established organisation & to have an outlet in Truro.  I always have a wide selection of my work on display in the gallery & at the moment I am also sharing the window display with member Rob Braybrooks.  I think our work complements each other well.

If you are in Truro in the next couple of weeks try to pop along & have a look at the display.  The Guild is open Monday - Saturday 10am - 5.30pm.



 
As part of the Guild of Ten membership we each steward for several days a year in the gallery.


My next days are as follows:
Monday 24th October
Thursday 3rd November
Tuesday 15th November
Tuesday 13th December

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Small Panel Workshop Success

Yesterday I held another one day small panel workshop at my studio.  The two ladies were great friends & we had lots of laughter & creative fun! 
  
  
 
They both decided to take their inspiration from my own work incorporating leaf motifs.  So out came the reference books for design ideas before cutting the shapes (with a little saw piercing help from me!) from copper & brass.

Texture was applied with hammers & punches before soldering the pieces together.  We joined the panel sections together with jump rings & added a decorative scroll at the top to hang the pieces up.
 
 


 The final pieces were very successful & when dry a lacquer can be applied to further highlight the colour contrasts.



 
I do not have any more workshops booked for the next few weeks as I'm busy with shows (The Design Fair, Malvern Autumn Show & Autumn in St Ives Exhibition) but can take booking from mid October onwards...might be an idea for a Christmas present???  Contact me for more information.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Metalwork Panel Workshop

I had a busy day yesterday with a group of 4 lovely people in my garden studio.  I usually only have 3 people at a time but as they were all friends they didn't mind it being 'cosy'!
We were doing the Small Panel Full Day workshop & a couple of the participants already had some great design ideas when they arrived. 
 
Working in copper & brass they all had a go at lots of techniques including, embossing, saw piercing, hammering & texturing, heating & soldering (due to the time restrictions I usually complete most of the soldering for people but I do like them to have a go too!).
  

A fun day was had by all & some really great work was produced.  It's really interesting to see how different people approach the project, some like to carefully plan everything out on paper before hand while others (more like me!) like to be hands on & get straight on with working with the materials. 

These are the finished pieces....


  


  
 
I am running another panel workshop this Friday & then taking bookings for the rest of the year.  Please contact me if you would like to have a go too!