I’m still sharing a sketchbook with the bairn. She teaches me not too overthink my marks and I’m 100% comfortable if she comes at my page with her fat markers as I just build her marks into mine and the results are always a stretch in a direction I wouldn’t have taken.
This grey base with mauve glass has been on the go for years. It’s always been nearly lovely. I picked it up again the other night and worked into it. I loved revisiting the beads I’d laid down before. There are some beautiful tiny grey and black humbug seed beads scattered through it.
I’ve had a quiet period where I haven’t been so productive lately. When I need to get back on the horse I draw. Most of the time this breaks the hiatus and I pick up the making too. The drawing below is a work in progress in my favourite felt pen. It’s a collab byContinue reading “Back to basics”
Gyres are circular ocean currents driven by the earths wind patterns. Within gyres rafts of detritus form which are conveyed by gyres around the worlds oceans. There is so much plastic in the oceans that I imagine gyres, which used to gather timber and seaweed, are now predominantly gathering industrial plastics. Nets, bouys, rope andContinue reading “Gyre Bracelet”
Loving working with a few bigger beads, stringing wire and crimps to try compositions. I haven’t reached a state of flow with these yet but I’m so enjoying the practice period. Can’t wait to crack it, I love this driven feeling that compels me to keep iterating.
What comes to me first when I draw are beaded patterns. I’m trying to work out spacing and angles. The irony is that I rarely translate the drawings into beadwork. It’s been years since I did the kind of bead embroidery that would bring the drawing below to life. Maybe it’s time to try itContinue reading “Beaded Drawings”
I’ve been thinking of ways to add a little flourish to my single sea urchin earrings. Usually I would go full “more is more”. I wanted to find a way to add some embellishments without crowding the sea urchin. I’d seen some lovely graphic jewellery made with beading wire, big bold beads and crimps. IContinue reading “Crimped Compositions”
It’s time I got organised. It’s always time I got organised and I think I’m actually pretty good at it but I do have a habit of turning getting organised into procrastination. Today I fired up Trello and made some plans to take the jewellery to the next (very modest) level. I’ll start by buffingContinue reading “What Needs To Happen?”
Working on these earrings has been really interesting and something I think I’m really going to enjoy. I see it as an opportunity to try little sample size pieces although I must admit I don’t like making matching pairs. Will try some freeform mismatched sets next I think.
I’ve had a couple of projects come to a close recently and need to pick something else up to keep my momentum going. What’s gone: Open Exhibition Peterborough gallery. Worked for a long while on a large painting, necklace and some drawings. Unfortunately my work was not selected but the deadline got me moving. MarchContinue reading “Keeping it Moving”