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Birmingham Spring



Spring has just about got to Birmingham this week and on Wednesday night it was a pleasant - almost warm - walk to the IKON gallery for the private view of the new show of work by two…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on March 19, 2017 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Fondue and More

Not so much going on this week, so a relatively short post: most of the students and staff are at Schmuck in Munich.

Made in the Middle 2017 - Parkside Opening - 1



Highlight of the week for me was the opening of the "…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on March 12, 2017 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Golden Years

Goldsmiths' Craft And Design Awards 2017 - 1



Last week kicked off to a glorious start with the Goldsmiths' Company Craft and Design Awards, held in the opulent surroundings of Goldsmiths' Hall in…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on March 6, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Tea For Sixty-two and Sixty-Two for Tea

Tea Sets - 1



This lurid display is another of the short projects run by the BA class, this time to introduce them to various technologies, including turning, press-forming, spining, sand-casting, thread-cutting, riveting, laser-cutting, and finishing. Yes,…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on February 19, 2017 at 2:09pm — No Comments

Sticky!

There is a lot of sellotape in this post.



This week saw Birmingham host Spring Fair, the largest jewellery and giftware fair in the UK. Quite aside from being the largest collection of utter tat I have ever witnessed in one place, the jewellery and watch section of the fair is always interesting and over the years, I've made a few visits here. This time around, we decided to take our entire cohort…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on February 12, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Iron Man

Student Assessment - 3
Hayley Jones

A bumper two-week post…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on February 5, 2017 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Bad Dreams!

So, we all know - I assume my readers to be fellow Liberal Elite snowflakes, of course - that Trump is a nightmare.



Unfortunately, I was 'triggered' this week, even within my 'safe space' of bed. Frankly, it is my own fault: I've been watching the fantastic Ridley Scott version of Philip K. Dick's "The…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on January 22, 2017 at 1:52pm — 3 Comments

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.



Back to…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on January 15, 2017 at 12:36pm — 20 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

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