I'm going to start blogging. Really I am. Properly this time. Last blog post? Er 2 years ago.
Picture 1: Two years ago I had the pleasure of being asked to take part in Language Unlimited, held at Williams Art in Cambridge. Sponsored by LT123, it was an exhibition where six artists 'put words into pictures and pictures into words'. My pieces consisted of quotations from poems or songs repeated over and over until they formed patterns. I wrote them using a fountain pen filled with acrylic paint. It was painstaking work.
Picture 2: I had been wanting to learn how to print for a while and spent the next year or so focussing on this. I did courses in screen printing and collographs, followed by self access work at St Barnabas Press in Cambridge. I fell in love in particular with the screen print technique, with the way I could translate my fiddly patterns into a repeatable image where I could play with colour combinations. I started selling my prints online through Etsy in 2014.
Picture 3: At the same time I had been continuing to make paper sculptures (more on that in another post). Hand cut and decorated (with fiddly patterns) each one takes an age to make. These morphed into jewellery when I discovered laser cutting at Makespace (another post or two me thinks) and, yes, repeatability! I'm noticing a theme here. Being part of Etsy Cambridge ( yes another blog post!), has allowed me to take part in a number of brilliant pop-up and market events. At these I've mainly focussed on selling my jewellery range and seeing the response different pieces get so I can further develop them. This picture is of our spring event this year, sponsored by Cambridge BID and held in the beautiful setting of the Round Church in Cambridge.
I'm sticking with jewellery now! It is what my degree was in after all. However, my pieces are clearly informed by my art practice, and I believe that this is what sets them apart. So for now I'm calling myself 'an artist and jewellery designer'.
You can see my jewellery here on Etsy.