Lockdown Thoughts . . .

So it’s been 3 months working from home. At first I worked like nothing much had happened, except at home, making collages as I’m unable to make jewellery at home, less days, 5 instead of 6, and shorter days though my days now start at silly o’clock as the weeks have gone on, they are also less interrupted, slower making, more considered, and it was lovely, simple. I like the no commute mornings, eating lunch from an actual bowl, birds singing and my garden view, and seeing my partners face every day. Bliss.

Then I wobbled.

Then I got back on my feet and attempted to draw and learn calligraphy, both on my list of what I would do if only I had time and space. I took online calligraphy workshops, though they were an essential start I soon decided, predictably, to do it my own way. My drawing is rusty and was totally unsure of what and how. So, feeling a little lost I posted my drawings and writings so far in stories on Instagram as a good way to see things from a different angle and objectively. The feedback was great, I’m used to comments about my finished work from having a shop so it feels only right. And so I thought I’d share them here too so I don’t loose momentum and hopefully it will push me to continue. Somehow!

There seems to always be a bit of ephemera weave in my books when I need to find direction, not sure why but it is satisfying to do and nice to see words fragmented.
Testing colours on kraft paper for fragment collages made early on in lockdown. But they are reminding me how much I love colour in jewellery and how I’d like to include colour and shape like the fragments, into my future jewellery, somehow!
Calligraphy workshop practising. I worked through all the pens I had and all of my new sketch book that I expected to use over this year had I still been at the studio.
I tried brush and ink. I normally don’t like writing in blue ink but I love the inky blue handwriting found on postcards. I liked the practise marks you need to do in calligraphy too.
All the letters. Having used all my pens I worked through any marker pen I could find but it was good to work out style of letters and movements.
Sad and tragic news made us slow even more.
Looking at the alphabet . . . Looks like stitching.
Pattern making.
Looking at each letter individually, who doesn’t like a repeat pattern!? With viewfinders that refer to jewellery shapes, but how to translate into jewellery?
Unsure of what I was doing I decided to start drawing, very rusty but nice to draw again, something I regret not keeping going over the (many) years .
Buttons. Not got the hang of it yet but it’s a start!
Back to practice mark making in a brush and ink made me think of jewellery so I chopped out a couple of oval viewfinders to locate some nice areas that mixed a few patterns.
Worked on them a little more. Not sure how to translate them into jewellery yet, or if they will end up being used. We shall see!
Back to drawing. I like old advertising tins, with writing, of course I do.
I decided to visit the British Museum, albeit online and pretend I was wandering and drawing my findings. A statue and two Nigerian carved ivory cuffs.
Nigerian calabash bowl with motto. All the items I’ve chosen to draw are made by people from the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria.
Nigerian cup in carved wood. I’ve always loved the Africa section of the museum and have since wandered around museums with my partner, who is Nigerian (Yoruba) and now learn so much more than the labels describe. About how objects are really used and that they are still in use. There always an old man who lived down his road that would carve wood into objects like this. There was also a man on the street who owned a crocodile!
Nigerian cuff . . . and I also learned about the items that have been stolen from Nigerian palaces, yikes, they know you know! He told me to hurry up drawing these items before they have to be returned!

So I intend to continue writing and drawing and see where it takes me. Hopefully to new jewellery when we return in August. I may just share again here before then. If you are still reading, thank you and hi!