This weekend I was exhibiting at Made London for the fourth time. It is a lovely, friendly central London show and as it was my very first ever craft show in 2014 it always is extra special to me. This year in the run up to the show I took the opportunity to play and come up with some new designs. I thought they were a natural progression from my existing work however they are quite different! So it looks like I have a new collection on its way. It’s inspiration comes from water towers and the photographs of Bernd & Hilla Becher. Here are a few images, as well as my stand, more to follow on my website in the next couple of weeks.
On Thursday I was at the School of Jewellery in Birmingham for the Association for Contemporary Jewellers’ exhibition 20:20 Visions. As part of the celebrations ACJ Chair, Terry Hunt, was in conversation with two of the featured artists, Stephen Bottomley and myself! It was a pretty nerve-racking and amazing experience all at the same time. The talk was around the theme of ’20’ in keeping with the exhibition, things like, 20 things about your practice, what advice would you give yourself 20 years ago, how has the industry changed, what does the future hold, the role of technology, making by hand and education in your work..?
I have finally visited the new Design Museum in Kensington! Breathing Colour by Hella Jongerius was the exhibition that got me there.
“Breathing Colour is an installation based exhibition that reveals the full potential of colour, and how colours breathe with light. Through a series of phenomenological studies and experiences, the exhibition makes us question colour, one of the most elemental aspects of design.”
I am a bit behind on my blog posts so I am going to post a few at once. First up was a lovely trip to France this summer. It was a long 13 hour journey from home to the campsite and I even did some driving on the wrong side of the road to give my husband a break. We had lovely bbq’s and did a lot of relaxing, leaving all work behind. There was plenty of inspiration around:
Whilst I was at Sheffield Hallam University for the ACJ conference I took a walk around the block for some fresh air and made a great discovery. Unbeknownst to me Yorkshire Artspace was on the corner and Roanna Wells was there with her collaborative exhibition Tracing Process. I first came across Roanna’s work at Art in Action a few years ago and have followed her on Instagram ever since. I really love her work so it was such a wonderful moment to unexpectedly discover the exhibition in the flesh!
Earlier this month I travelled to Sheffield for the Association for Contemporary Jewellery conference. I’ve been to a few library conferences but never one in the jewellery field so I was really looking forward to seeing what it was like. I had no idea who was going but was relieved to see lots of familiar faces on the first day. There were speakers from around the world talking about their practices, collaborations and the wider jewellery field. Politics, social responsibility, China, and weaponry were key themes – it was very heavy in some places! It was also heavily biased towards art jewellery which was interesting to listen to despite feeling quite removed from my own practice. Here are some images from the weekend: