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Fashion:Victim

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I have finally finished my Alexander McQueen tribute piece, "Fashion:Victim" which comprises of the two spherical 'handbags' made from steel spheres which I found in a burnt-out factory in Kent some years ago. The…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on April 2, 2014 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Hero Worship



GRIMA - 1

My first real awareness of "contemporary jewellery" came when I worked for John Gilchrist in his small workshop in Bothwell, the Lanarkshire village where I spent most…
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Added by The Justified Sinner on March 21, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Newly-discovered Resources for Jewellers in Scotland

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Over the last week, I've just discovered two amazing resources for jewellers which are based in Scotland.

I've been working - as many of you know - on my "Fashion:Victim" piece for the ACJ…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on March 18, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

March Onwards

Ten30 Harris Tweed "Salmon" Peacoat - 2



Another two weeks has passed since my last entry. I envy those people who manage to make time to blog regularly and always feel slightly guilty when I realise that I've not posted for a week,…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on March 15, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

A Peep Of Spring



Pinhole Spring



At last the terrible weather and 'flu have abated and we've had a few decent days which, along with light for my bike ride to and from work, always raises my spirits!



I've finally completed the Verdura-inspired cuffs…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on March 2, 2014 at 3:03pm — No Comments

Illness and Recovery

Fencing With Fulco Verdura - WIP - 5

I can think on nothing I hate more than having 'flu. In that, I am thankful that it is "only" 'flu and that I am fundamentally fit and perhaps because I am so rarely ill, I am not a very good patient!



I've just had a hiatus of nearly 2…
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Added by The Justified Sinner on February 19, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The Eternal City; Pomegranates Galore!



Blasphemous Rumours

What a crazy ten days! The highlight of which was definitely a long weekend in Rome, a city I have not visited since I was in school, aged 15. I went to Rome for the weekend to see the impressive exhibition "Il Tesoro Di Napoli", a collection of objects from the Museum of San Gennaro in Naples…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on February 4, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

In Springtime A Young Man's Fancy...

in time of daffodils - WIP - 16



... as I am no longer young, it has to be said, "Daffodils"!

I've spent the last few weeks working on a charity piece which kind of got out of hand. What started off as a request for a "life-sized daffodil…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on January 22, 2014 at 3:00pm — 8 Comments

Daffodils, Edinburgh and Milan

Some weeks before Christmas, I was asked if I would take part in a fund-raiser for Cancer Research UK and I wasn't really sure that I would be able to afford the time, so it was pleasant to find that a commission I had planned for immediately after the New Year - a pair of Verdura-inspired cuffs - was to be delayed by about 10 days and I set to work on my plan. The brief - for Cursley & Bond's gallery in Folkestone - was…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on January 14, 2014 at 3:59pm — No Comments

2013 - A Review

I was looking at some of my photographs on Flickr yesterday and realised that this last year has been incredibly busy. To go completely "Old Media" on you all - though I suppose blogging has become a bit old-media itself - here is my review of my own highlights of 2013.

January

Started off icily with a return to work and a commission for the "Small Pond Ring", consisting of tiny silver fish swimming around a mobile pond centred on a blue topaz:…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on January 1, 2014 at 11:36am — 3 Comments

End of Year

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 Today was the last full day in the workshop before I shut for just over two weeks. I'll be in for the morning tomorrow, the workshop festive breakfast, the "Secret Santa" and then heading off to…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on December 19, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Christmas Rush...



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 Another two-week hiatus between posts and it is only because I've been too busy to be able to find a moment to write things down. So much has happened, from being asked if I were "eligible" for inclusion in a list of "eligible bachelors" - my non-bachelor…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on December 11, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Foxtrot Pour Maria: Chanel Se Rencontrent Lang

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I've been in the workshop for two whole days now, finishing up my "sautoir/parure" which imagines the jewellery which Chanel (probably with the help of Fulco Verdura) would have…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on November 26, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Kevlar, Beards and Coco Chanel!

Since I last made an entry here - eleven days ago, which is, I know, remiss - so much has been going on, with my birthday right in the middle.



The aftermath of the Scottish Style Awards was one very unstylish bump on the head when I took a box of the top of a cupboard and a roll of steel-reinforced kevlar fell from it. The edge caught me and I ended up scuffed:…



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Added by The Justified Sinner on November 21, 2013 at 3:41pm — No Comments

A Foray Into Fashion



Scottish Style Awards



Last night was the event of the "Scottish Style Awards" for which I had been nominated as Scotland's "Most Stylish Male". I am really glad to be able to…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on November 10, 2013 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Scottish Energy

I don't know what has happened over the last few months but there seems to be an unstoppable maelstrom of creative energy centred over Scotland. Perhaps it is the fact that I've become more active in the creative culture around me but I feel that there is something amazing brewing here and I am not exactly sure what it is. Everywhere I go, I'm surrounded by people who are not only sparking with ideas but who spark ideas in me. There is a creative synergy which is driving everyone to new…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on November 5, 2013 at 4:41pm — No Comments

Stylin'

This last week has been a whirlwind of activity and has left me feeling drained but exhilirated. I may as well not beat about the bush and say that I have been nominated as "Scotland's Most Stylish Male" at the bi-annual Scottish Style Awards. This came as a genuine bolt-from-the-blue shock and intially, I thought that one of the students was having a joke with me about my generally dishevelled workshop appearance but it turned…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on November 1, 2013 at 6:00am — 12 Comments

Futurism - Muse - A Ramble on music and a moment in art

A while back I received an unusual commission from fellow-jeweller, Poppy Porter, to make a piece using some titanium components from an F1 racing car. The pieces are beautifully-engineered and milled from solid blocks of metal.…





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Added by The Justified Sinner on October 26, 2013 at 6:52pm — No Comments

Catching Up - Pearls - Folkestone - Dapper Gentlemen

I've been on holiday and on either side of that holiday, I was exceptionally busy, so it is only tonight that I have managed to get some time to put together a blog post about what has been going on. I can barely believe that it is nearly the end of October and it seems like only yesterday that it was the start of the month and the Craft Scotland conference.…



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Added by The Justified Sinner on October 23, 2013 at 4:10pm — No Comments

A Sheepish Update!

I completely forgot that I spent some time during the conference over the weekend speaking to Rachel Skene - a friend and colleague of Patty Niemann's in Caithness - talking about her project "You Love Local". This is a scheme which aims to promote handmade and craft products by not only tracking products from start to finish but also to by giving them a "narrative", something of their back-story. She is also planning a level of managed quality…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on October 8, 2013 at 2:05pm — No Comments

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