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I'm Still Here

Not having posted for four weeks, you'd be forgiven for thinking I'd dropped off the face of the earth, but I was just having an extended Christmas holiday and settling back into work again. I didn't feel inclined to do a retrospective of the year gone by and I've a horrible feeling that next Christmas I may not feel like doing a retrospective then. In short, I'm somewhat lacking in global optimism just now.



That as may be, things here are going along as normal.



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Added by The Justified Sinner on January 15, 2017 at 12:36pm — 8 Comments

Goodbye to Gaynor

Brasshouse HND Christmas 2016 - 2

So, Christmas and new year approach and, like most right-thinking people (Left-thinking, I mean!), I won't be sad to put this miserable 2016 to bed. Still, it is also the time of year when people wear silly hats and bad jumpers…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on December 18, 2016 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

The Tragic Emptiness of Now



Michael Gove is one of the new Illiberal Elite who are forever moaning about the Liberal Elite who, I figure, sound very much like me. There is something clammy and unwholesome, something fungal about Gove's glossy face and…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on December 11, 2016 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

A Hairy Week!

Bharti Parmar - 2

That was a week so jammed with things to do that I'm still reeling. It all started on Tuesday evening when I had three different, sequential events to go to, first of these being one of the School of Jewellery's intermittent lecture…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on December 4, 2016 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

Pecha Kucha and Paper

Vittoria Street Gallery - Talking Practice - 13



A fairly quiet week this last week but with some notable events, including the opening of the inaugural exhibition at the Vittoria Street Gallery. This is a new enterprise in the School of Jewellery to bring a…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on November 28, 2016 at 2:33am — No Comments

Seismic!

Trajet - 1



Not much to report this week, except that I've been to a couple of excellent concerts. The first up was "Trajet" at St. Phillip's Cathedral in the city centre, a piece for solo 'cello which was written from seismic recordings taken of filled-in…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on November 20, 2016 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Limited Edition Living

Limited Edition Living



In a week dominated by Trump and other fascist excesses, this terrible marketing puff for - believe it or not - flats in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham struck me as desperately appropriate. On another week, I might have mused on…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on November 12, 2016 at 3:47pm — No Comments

Talks and Talking

Lots of talk and not much jewellery for me this week!



At the School of Jewellery, we have an extensive programme of Artists-in-Residence (AiR) who work with the students on each course while extending their own practice. Every single year of each course has an AiR allocated to them - which is a luxury, indeed. This week saw us being introduced to them properly as they each gave us a bit of a talk about their hopes and direction for the year.…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on October 30, 2016 at 3:23pm — No Comments

Perfect Live

Cheerful Wall
Cheerful wall in Digbeth,…
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Added by The Justified Sinner on October 24, 2016 at 2:20pm — No Comments

Quiet Life

Jewellery Quarter Dawn

A very quiet week for me this week, punctuated by a visit from Marcy of the British Art Medal Society to discuss next year's student medal competition, doing my tax return and getting locked out of the School early one morning (due to…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on October 16, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Check It

A double-barrel post!…
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Added by The Justified Sinner on October 9, 2016 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Ommisions!

How could I forget?

In my last post, I completely forgot to note that I'd also taken a trip to the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham for the opening of the ACJ "Choice!" show there on the Friday night. This is the 2016 edition of the annual show of work by members and we were…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 25, 2016 at 3:17pm — 2 Comments

Oh, Make It Magnificent

What a week!



Quite apart from the preparations for the new students starting next week (and the previous ones returning, of course), I've spent a lot of time in the workshops - on Tuesday evening as much to avoid violent thunderstorms as anything else - making up work for the Made In The Middle show, work which shows a completely new way of working for me, eschewing applied - illustrative - narrative for a more 'improvised' narrative of material, being braver about allowing the…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 19, 2016 at 4:02pm — No Comments

Autumn Leaves

Yes, indeed. It may only be early September but I've been clearing the falling leaves from the garden, planting out my winter leeks and sowing land cress, radicchio and lettuce for winter salads, as well as poring over the seed catalogues which dropped through the door over the last week. (I'm not really sure why I get printed catalogues by post as I order my seeds and plants from the same companies online!)



This week I've been mostly working on the pieces for "Made in the Middle"…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 11, 2016 at 2:02pm — 2 Comments

Glass, Music and More

A shortish post, despite a busy week with the (almost) full compliment of staff back at the School of Jewellery and preparing for the new intake of students. I can't quite believe that it is a whole year since I started there. What a whirlwind!



I have written before of my…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 4, 2016 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Music For Hedges

St. Beuno, Berriew - 3



Today I made a visit to deepest Wales on a spur-of-the-moment response to a Tweet by one of my favourite artists, Brian Eno.…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on August 28, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Holiday Over

Back to work today and straight into preparations for the coming year, both academically - for the new and continuing students - and in terms of my own work.




The holiday was relaxing and fairly uneventful. On the back of my political fury of the last few months, I had been planning to go to Brighton's "Pride" event, something I've shunned since the early 1990s when the event ceased to be political and became no more than a corporate, money-spinning festival of…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on August 22, 2016 at 1:02pm — 2 Comments

Walk Like A Man

Walk Like A Man (Sex Crime) - WIP - 15



On holiday and in Brighton!

Last week was a bit of a rush as I had to complete both a piece for the Craftspace "Made in the Middle" show but also the piece for Boris Bally's "Imagine" show, as previously mentioned,…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on July 31, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

New Materials And Old

Argentium Silver Class - 1



This last week has been taken up by exploring a fairly new material with the pleasingly forthright Ronda Coryell, a delightful Amercian woman who is an expert in the use…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on July 24, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Hats!

After the political ructions of the last few weeks, I've retreated to my workshop! Best place for me, really, but it makes for a fairly brief blog post...



The week kicked off with a visit to Walsall Academy to work with some pupils there on their CAD and…
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Added by The Justified Sinner on July 17, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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