PARTICIPATORY SPORT FOR CRAFT ARTISTS
Since returning from Istanbul, it has been non-stop in the workshop, preparing work for orders and making some new pieces too. I've sidelined a number of works-in-progress in order to get on with more pressing issues, so there are no updates on my Chanel-inspired piece or my tribute to Alexander McQueen, though I have progressed apace with my first foray into electronics in jewellery, "14th Century Nightlife" which I hope to finish finally this coming week after it sitting on my bench for…Continue
Added by The Justified Sinner on May 19, 2013 at 1:47pm — No Comments
Friday morning, I set off early to cross the Bosphorous and set foot in the Asian continent, the "Asian side" of Istanbul. The weather was clear and warm, by far the nicest of the week, and I boarded the ferry to…
Just returned from my five days in Istanbul where my first solo show was held in the Ayse Taki Galerisi as a result of the kindness and generosity of both the gallery owner, Ayse, and my friend and colleague Umut Demirguc Thurman who worked incredibly hard to make the show a phenomenal…
People familiar with my work may be surprised to learn that I use CAD (Rhino, primarily) as a design tool and that quite often, elements of my work are made using CAM processes, such as 3D milling of wax which is then cast in precious metals. My own approach to these technologies is not unique and while I don’t use them as a primary method of production, there are many makers who do – Janet Huddie,…Continue
Added by The Justified Sinner on March 20, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Well, not quite, but I did have to travel on a bus - which is nearly a handcart - the trains being cancelled due to a landslip.
Hull is an odd place. For the place in the UK with the highest rates of unemployment and some of the lowest property prices, it feels like a prosperous city. It is clean, it is busy, there are plenty of galleries and cafés. Adding to the oddness is the fact that it is in Yorkshire but while the buildings are completely as you would expect in that great county…Continue
I've never channel-set round stones until today...
I'm genuinely surprised that it is easier than channel setting square stones, which I have done before on many occasions. I had always imagined that the round stones - not fitting so squarely into the channel - would rock about, but they don't. The problem…Continue
Added by The Justified Sinner on February 27, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
One of the publicity images for Ferrous, the joint Crafthaus/VdV show at Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco...…
Added by The Justified Sinner on February 25, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments
One of my students, Inness Thomson, though only part of the way through his course, has just opened his first small show at Scotland Art.Com, a gallery in the centre of glasgow. As you can understand, he is justifiably proud:
I especially like his silver and…Continue
Added by The Justified Sinner on February 21, 2013 at 3:54pm — No Comments
I quite often find myself a bit "drained" when I've finally finished a piece of work and, having finished the codpiece, I could relax a bit and make some less challenging work, such as some earring trios to offer to the "Earrings Galore" show at Heidi Lowe Gallery, the call for which is here. I had the annoying problem of a flask of castings of settings for one set failing twice, but have…Continue
Further to yesterday's post, I now have the professional photographs of the codpiece, taken by Simon Murphy:
This project was my most recent custom order. The client wanted me to make the ring for her using the little diamonds that she had inherited from her relative in old jewelry, so there was sentimental attachment to them. It's a bold and beautiful statement and she loved the finished piece!…Continue
Added by Deborrah Daher on January 24, 2013 at 11:10am — No Comments
First of all, a belated "happy new year" to my colleagues and friends on Crafthaus. I returned from my festive break to a 'flu which completely knocked me for six, to the point that I was in bed and unable to move... feverish, coughing, weak and aching. Horrible, in short.
2013 has already started off to be busy. First of all I had a quick-fire commission to make a ring "with fish that have a bit of life about them, something in blues and greens" but which had to be…Continue
Added by The Justified Sinner on January 22, 2013 at 2:39pm — No Comments
Well, I've not been blogging so much of late because I've been working on a project which I have been forbidden from documenting until the client has received it!
It has been the Christmas Sale at work this week. All my students make their work and sell it in the college, a percentage comes to the department for buying equipment and the balance goes to the students themselves. We keep the prices low and go for volume and this usually pays off, especially as most of the customers are…Continue
Added by The Justified Sinner on December 6, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments
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Two of my ex-students had a little Christmas preview of their new work tonight. For some very odd reason, it was held in a hi-fi shop... quite a strange location but the specialist hushed acoustics made for a really lovely feel to the show.
Ishbel Watson has been working on some new work based on Fritz Lang's "Metropolis":
Added by The Justified Sinner on November 22, 2012 at 4:07pm — No Comments
I wouldn't normally post a commercial link on my blog but I have to confess to having been practically salivating at this wonderful collection of Fabergé - and related - objects for sale. The reticulated gold picture frame is just incredible!
Not much else to report. I've had to make another two of those "Black Christmas" stars for Goldsmiths' Hall in…Continue
Added by The Justified Sinner on November 21, 2012 at 2:39pm — No Comments
Finished my decoration for the tree in Goldsmiths' Hall in London, "Black Christmas - A Punk Star for Poly Styrene":
My first inkling of the impending festive season... I've been invited to make a precious decoration for the ACJ show at Goldsmiths' Hall! The Goldsmiths' Hall already have their own line of decorations. Mine will be somewhat different, using some of my beloved sewing-machine needles:
Added by The Justified Sinner on November 14, 2012 at 3:18pm — No Comments
Time to allow myself the luxury of a weekend in Edinburgh with nothing to do but see some friends and go to the opening of Stephen Bottomley's first retrospective.
I always sleep very well in Edinburgh: I stay with friends and the room in which I sleep overlooks a graveyard! Much needed as the changing clocks, seasons and the travel to and from the US has made my sleeping patterns somewhat messy.
Added by The Justified Sinner on November 12, 2012 at 4:02pm — No Comments