Dazzle in Edinburgh in August

I have just posted off my collection for the next Dazzle, this time at Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh running from 2nd to 26th August during the festival.

A couple of quick shots while packing up the work …

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Brooches for The Scottish Gallery . . .

I’m really enjoying my new life at the Craft Centre and have been very productive as a result. I’ve made a few new pieces to go to The Scottish Gallery, in Edinburgh. Here are a couple of the brooches that will arrive later this week. I’ve also been working on additions to my collections at the Craft Centre and on Made by Hand Online, more to follow on those later. Discovered today that Made by Hand have just added my work to their banner on the homepage, very lovely!

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One last week in Edinburgh . . .

Looking over some old Edinburgh postcards I’ve collected along the way, and in view of leaving next week. My move is finally coming together and at last can get a little excited! If only to stem the daunted-ness! I’ve been comfortable Edinburgh for such a long time with everything in easy walking distance and now very familiar, sometimes I’m not sure what I’m doing to myself by uprooting and starting afresh . . . but it sounds like the best idea too! Have started my goodbyes, and my packing, and stocking up on postcards while I know where to get them. I will try and post again before I go, but there may be a wee gap while I wait for my belongings/life to get back to me! Very excited about my new studio too …   

 

Bye Edinburgh!

I will shortly be saying goodbye to Edinburgh! I came here for college (Edinburgh College of Art) and remained here for 14 years-ish. Its a beautiful city but its time to find a new home. I’ve been inspired by Edinburgh massively, its given me a love of cities, and the colour grey! I have a couple of weeks left so have found myself looking over photos from the last few years that have been an inspiration. The textures, walls with disappearing old ads painted on them many years ago and the architecture . . .

This building is on my walk to the studio, and is beautiful, but I loved it when the walkway towards it was adorned briefly with yellow scaffolding. Scaffolding is like jewellery being worn by the building, and reminds me of constructing jewellery, work in progress!

 

On a lovely lane towards Stockbridge

 

Love the work that has gone into this perfectly gold sign in St Stephen Street

 

Another advert on both sides of a doorway at the end of Chambers Street, Straw and Felt Hatters

 

Love this building, off Nicholson Street

 

Nice wall! Could easily be a painting or tapestry

 

An Antony Gormley at the entrance to the Gallery of Modern Art. There are a series of these but have only managed to see about half of them

 

Foxy get off the roof! Its a 2D metal cut out on the top of a building off Broughton Street

 

Up in Leith, I love old tatty shop fronts, really honest looking and a proper fishmongers I reckon

 

On Leith Walk, lovely disappearing tailors sign

 

Stencil grafitti ... this was in Bruntsfield and there's another to come soon ...

 

Stick No Bills ... always thought of this as being on posters and more of a modern thing

 

Have no idea what kind of brances, the shop itself no longer exists

 

Beautiful wall ... looks like a tapestry

 

Another sign on the Royal Mile with a lovely hand, there's another hand sign somewhere here that I've been searching for...

 

Would love to see what these sections where advertising, just for a minute, then let them to go back to this

 

This entrance on the Royal Mile is very collage-y and stitch-ery dont you think!

 

I dont think this is there anymore, it was on Victoria Street

 

Gorgeous layers of blue and gold writing either side of a door on the Bridges

 

 

 

Upcoming exhibitions | Edinburgh to Manchester …

Two collections were delivered this week for upcoming exhibitions opening in my favourite month of November. The first is for ‘Reflection’ at the City Art Centre, Edinburgh. This is a special exhibition highlighting the work of 22 makers and artists from Edinburgh who have received an award from Edinburgh City Council over the last 10 years. It features work produced with the award for special individual projects, in my case 3 pieces of jewellery produced for Collect 09. I’m so pleased to be invited to be part of this show as to me it marks my career to date as a maker based in Edinburgh – significant to me anyway, especially as there are a few changes to come my way next year…!  It opens on 19 November and more details can be found here

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With love to all from all Brooch
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The next exhibition is Dazzle at the beautiful Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester (I mentioned the venue after a trip to Manchester posted details here). Dazzle is always exciting as its the best way to see a great selection of jewellery by great jewellers currently working in the UK. Hope some of you can make it if you’re local!

Mixed shapes necklace at Dazzle Manchester