A few months ago I received a lovely commission. The customer wanted a locket to give to his daughter on her wedding day that contained a photo of her mother. He wanted it to slid open rather than the traditional hinge design, to be decorated on the top, but not too fussy, to be white silver, to include something green, his daughters favourite colour and along the way we added the inscription on the reverse which included the date of the wedding.
After some discussion, designing and making samples, this way the final piece, with some work in progress. The design is now online for others to order to their preferences . . .
I’ve have just completed a new series of collage brooches. It’s been a few years since I’ve made any of my one off collage brooches, they need a lot more time to figure out and go through many versions before I can get making.
The initial idea was to work with layering of my materials, oxidised silver which I’ve reduced the larger sections to a grey finish to contrast with the upper smaller layers, larger pieces of ruler, settings in oval and irregular hexagons with a split of handwriting and image side of postcards, and then various elements, linear fragments, few brass elements which I liked the colour of with the greys and woods, and then hints of gold leaf highlights. And of course a scattering of gold tube rivets.
I took progress images along the way . . . and have added the results to my online shop
Scatterings of contrasting fragments in silver and gold, these new treasures are ideal for special occasions, engagements and weddings . . . Created to mix + stack so you can create your own collection . . . Bespoke versions can be discussed to create the right pieces for your occasion . . . And can be found in my online shop
I’ve just completed another collection of Postcard Collages. They are the size of an old fashioned postcard and the base of each is constructed from two halves of contrasting old postcards. Layers of old and new elements, painted, drawn on and stitched have been added, with the occasional old found pin. You can see them at my shop or a selection to follow
A recent collage commission for a 50th birthday included a 50p coin from the receivers year of birth; a postcard of Nottingham where she studied; a tape measure, stitches and pins representing her studies in fashion, and her initial. The commissioners for this collage didn’t have a collection of papers already, so instead we worked together to find old items that were relevant to the receiver to make it personal. These items were then combined with ephemera and elements that I have, and that complimented them well.
Once items are sourced and gathered together I always create up a mock up, all paper clipped together to check the buyers are happy. A tweak or two sometimes happens before I get completing the piece. This is the process this collage went through until it was complete . . .
My Current Invited Maker at the Work / Shop is Rachel Foxwell. Her earthenware vessels are delicate and beautiful in texture and colour combinations. Her exhibition runs until the 29th May . . .
My next Invited Maker is Katharine Klug