The Great Northern . . .

Well the Great Northern is over, I must say I am still alittle exhausted and still have heaps of catching up to do, so much is put aside when you’re doing a fair! But it was really great to be involved, and lovely to do a fair on the doorstep. Sales were good, comments were brilliant, it’s really a shame we can’t pay our bills with those comments, as boring as it sounds, we really do need them to become sales (I am sure some think creatives just get by happily, let me know how please!) I really enjoyed planning and then putting my stand together and seeing a full collection of jewellery and collages in a sympathetic context, I used pages from an old ledger book as a back drop, with lists of their shopping, debts and day trips from 1907. I think people really respond to my work when I am able to show the full story. It’s also really great to see some great work, some of my favourites being, Carla Edwards, Naomi Robinson, Julia Smith, Kaper and Julia Jowett (… there really were lots of gorgeous work!).

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New additions to my Aosdana collection

A new selection of jewellery has just arrived at Aosdana on the Isle of Iona, including my current favourite raindrop with tiny rain earrings!

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Raindrops with tiny rain top earrings (fragment of old postcard with detail of teal stamp set in oxidised silver frame, under perspex to protect the paper then secured with gold tube rivets)

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Line of colour necklace, one of my classic necklaces (oxidised silver looped chain holding a bundle of oxidised circles over an oval of old postcard, in an oxidised silver setting, protected with perspex + secured with a gold tube rivet, all along a line of garnets)

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Double chatter pendant on chocolate brown cotton (oval of old postcard and circle of old linen map encased in an oxidised silver frame and secured with perspex sheet and gold rivets, clustered along with a bundle of circles, a holey oval and a loop of aquamarine beads)

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Derelict studs named because the contrasting textures in the studs refer to various textures found in derelict once-loved homes, ribbed linear panel, textured ovals, ivy pattern strip, and holey oval, layered silver elements in black, gey and white matt finishes, secured with a gold tube rivet

 

Reflections on words . . .

Forming words was launched yesterday at Manchester Craft & Design Centre / my studio home.

The work exhibited was beautiful and thought provoking and I’m looking forward to seeing it all again, in more depth next time, not just as very beautiful objects! It was an incredibly hot day, so I don’t blame me for just enjoying it, the busy lively craft centre and the cocktails!

One of my all time favourite ceramists is in the exhibition, Hanne Mannheimer, one of my many many favourite jewellers Jessica Turrell, and I’m very happy to now have a new favourite in Buddug Wyn Humphreys, just stunning. Here are a few snaps from yesterday, you will need to imagine this alongside various musicians we had accompanying the opening!

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Forming Words is back . . .

Forming Words is touring from Flow gallery in London to Manchester Craft & Design Centre . . .  It opens this Saturday and the craft centre have lots of word based treats (including live bands and cocktails I believe!) lined up for the launch. More of my jewellery, and collages are available from Studio 6 where I work, though not this Saturday, I will be enjoying the launch and hope you can come along!

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The last little one before the big one . . .

The last Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fair is coming up … Sunday 7th July at The King’s School in Macclesfield … I will again be bringing along my jewellery (including some new pieces!) my collages, cards and bunting. The ‘big’ one is the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in October.

A few images from my stand at the last fair in Wilmslow … hope you can come and support us!

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