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A Quiet Month - Not So Quiet Month

A fairly quiet month, May... towards the end of the submission period for the students, followed by the assessments, then graduate shows.



"Talking Practice" at the School of Jewellery with alumnus, Peter Taylor of the Goldsmiths' Centre who is being given an honorary doctorate by the University. I've known Peter for years and it was great to hear him talking about his surprising route from bench…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on July 7, 2019 at 2:28pm — No Comments

The Disaster of Disaster Capitalism

Watching the hapless and not-very-bright Theresa May implode through the very density of her commitment to her beliefs would be a pleasure if I didn't know that she has the potential to take us all down with her. Almost three years ago, I wrote a blog post about how David Cameron was the "worst prime minister since Chamberlain", never for one moment imagining that what came next could be worse: the…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on March 31, 2019 at 12:21pm — No Comments

Cute Apocalypse

Carnival of Cute - 2



Bathed in pink, Jacob Epstein's Lucifer looks disdainfully down on the crowd at this week's "Carnival of Cute" at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. There is no version of hell he could have imagined which could be worse than this...…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on March 3, 2019 at 12:27pm — No Comments

All About the Waste

The last two weeks have been a bit of a whirl, what with the opening my collaborative exhibition "A Waste Land" at the…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on February 20, 2019 at 4:14am — No Comments

Not Out Of The Woods

I've been avidly devouring a very strange and marvellous book indeed. "Out of the Woods" by one of the founders and contributors to my favourite music website, "The Quietus", is an odd melange of autobiography, social history, confessional, and psychogeography which is - mostly - beautifully-written and poetic, his writings about his…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on February 3, 2019 at 12:23pm — No Comments

Kingdom Come

I've been a huge fan of JG Ballard ever since I read "High Rise" when I was about 16. I rapidly explored "Crash" and "Atrocity Exhibition" - which, at 16 or 17, I probably pretentiously pretended to understand: as an…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on January 27, 2019 at 2:18pm — No Comments

Celtic Connections

River Kelvin



Kicked off from the end of the last post by jumping on a train to Glasgow to go and hear the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra perform three symphonies by Gloria Coates. I've been enamoured of Coates' work since reading an article about her in The Wire…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on December 2, 2018 at 5:45am — No Comments

Over A Month

It has been over a month since I last posted and this is just not good enough! However, I am working on some very interesting projects about which more will be revealed in the coming months. Here's a whistle-stop tour of what I've been up to for the last few weeks.…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on November 14, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Reading and Listening



The wisdom of the "Ladybird Leaders" book, Sounds by Alan P. Sanday and illustrated by Bernard H.Robinson, published 1975. I wonder what his record is? In 1975, there were some…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on October 7, 2018 at 2:08pm — No Comments

Summer's Gone...

...and I'm back at work.



Summer kicked off with a new car:



Yes. I bought a 2-seater Smart Car! It is SO good. We were all over the country this summer and unlike the old car, the…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 30, 2018 at 11:38am — No Comments

From Melanie To Melania

Royal College Graduate Show - 2018 - 8



What a few weeks!

First off was the visit to the RCA Graduate Show to see the work by my friend and colleague,…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on July 18, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Graduate Show, 2018

Graduate Show Opening - 2018 - 7

Time once more for the School of Jewellery Graduate Show, the chance for our students to stop being students and show off what they have done with their shiny new qualifications. It feels like a bumper year, too.



The graduate…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on June 27, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

A Whistle-Stop Tour of May

Andrew Logan at the RBSA - 1



It's been a very busy month as the students finish off their work for the final shows and we start to make all the preparations. There hasn't been so much on - a couple of concerts with the…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on June 4, 2018 at 4:00am — No Comments

(B)Easter Holidays

Caged Chick



I've been on holiday. Brighton again and this bizarre easter chick. To be fair, it was in the window of an "adult shop". The weather was absolutely stinking, rain, cold, only one decent day and that felt more like an early autumn day than a late spring…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on April 29, 2018 at 3:05pm — No Comments

A Wake

Future Craft - Farnham - 2

This last fortnight saw me off to the University of the Creative Arts (UCA) at Farnham for the conference organised by Rebecca Skeels, "Future Craft:…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on March 25, 2018 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Musicology

Blue Birmingham



A musical week, mainly, kicking off with the astonishing world-premiere performance of Gerald Barry's Organ Concerto by the…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on March 11, 2018 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Awards! Glamour! Events!

Goldsmiths' Craft And Design Awards 2017 - 1



What a week!



Kicking it all off was the annual Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Awards in the gilded splendour of…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on March 4, 2018 at 11:26am — No Comments

Off With His Head

Last week kicked off amusingly with a tweet from an ex-student, Christina Leon, who found this in the Tower Of London:

Tower of London Head



Remind you of anyone? Probably there because Queen Theresa has had enough of…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on February 25, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

No Spring Blues

Spring Fair is upon us again, so off we trouped to the NEC with the students in tow for the biggest jewellery event in the UK calendar. The main reason for us going is that we take the opportunity to promote the students at the event in conjunction with Weston Beamor, who generously sponsor prizes in a design competition every year.

This year, they had to use their digital skills to design a matching wedding and…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on February 18, 2018 at 12:12pm — No Comments

A Lot Of Lin

It's been fairly quiet since my last post but I've managed to squeeze in a trip to London with my ex-colleague and still-friend, Rachael Colley, a trip which involved culture and a lot of work by Lin Cheung. We started off with a visit to the V&A to see the final choices for the…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on February 12, 2018 at 8:44am — No Comments

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