Made London 2017

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.

My stand was downstairs in the main hall this time. I am usually upstairs and whilst I did miss the windows it was nice to have a different space to work with. I always try to do something different with my display each time.
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In conversation at the School of Jewellery

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..?

The School of Jewellery, Birmingham
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International Jewellery London

At the beginning of this month I exhibited for the first time at International Jewellery London (IJL). I was one of 10 selected for KickStart and we had a great time exhibiting together in the Design Gallery.

The 10 Kickstarters!
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Finding inspiration

I had a lovely day in London with my mum that involved lots of museums, parks and cakes. It was great to explore a small part of London on foot and find things to see serendipitously…

We started at the V&A – these are the tiles in the new entrance off Exhibition Road.


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Breathing Colour

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.”

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New Formica colours

I am really excited to say I have invested in 5 new Formica colours! They are subtler colours which will work well on their own and in combination with the brighter colours I already have. I had to cut up the sheets to a more manageable size:

New colours!
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Camping in France

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:

Stained glass reflections in Saintes cathedral.
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Tracing Process

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!

Tracing Process (and a reflection selfie).
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ACJ Conference

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:

Delegates in the Atrium participating in Ambiguous Implements an immersive, interactive performance by Rachael Colley & Nuala Clooney.
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Beyond the Blue

One of my stockists, Gill Wing Jewellery, held an open call for jewellery made to the theme of Beyond the Blue. Loving the challenge of making to different themes I entered a piece and was delighted to have it selected. The exhibition opened earlier this month.

Blueberry Brooch: laminate, wood, resin, oxidised silver, silver, steel pin
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