The Justified Sinner's Blog – September 2010 Archive (10)

Freedom Of Speech In The USA

Further Update: to ensure that there is no reflection on either the Exhibition concerned or on Crafthaus, I have removed my original text at the request of the Curator of the exhibition.…


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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 30, 2010 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

Curate's Egg

Strange day today: some things good, some bad, "good, in parts"!


Bad: my microwelder (hydro-flame) broke down; someone stole my tube-cutter; one of the students has hacked a coil of wire into multiple lengths as they were too lazy to look for the end.


Good: I finished a bangle -




Made from iron nail, silver,…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 29, 2010 at 2:45pm — 2 Comments

Long Weekend

Just back from a long and relaxing weekend in Brighton with a brief sojourn to London, primarily to see the David Watkins exhibition at the V&A.
The Watkins exhibition was a touch disappointing as there wasn't very much in it, perhaps 20 - 30 pieces, all jewellery but the Silver Gallery and the jewellery collection at the V&A never fails to please.


Some photographs from this visit:…


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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 28, 2010 at 3:34pm — 4 Comments

Completed - Trouble With Lichen

Finally finished my ring, "Trouble With Lichen", made from the corroded push-rods of a Ford Fairlane, found in a river at Campo Ligure, Italy. It is not a typical piece. I think that this is because I did almost no preparatory drawings for it and it came almost directly from the form of the material and the stones chosen for it.




The cups are set with tsavorite and…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 22, 2010 at 12:35pm — 2 Comments

Trouble With Lichen - Construction Finished

Definitely the oddest thing I've ever made!
Now to polish, set and patinate it:

Added by The Justified Sinner on September 18, 2010 at 1:13pm — No Comments

Further Trouble With Lichen

This is shaping up to be one of the oddest pieces I've ever made!


The roster of stones is now: brown diamond, tsavorite, demantoid, spessarite, peridot, nephrite, tourmaline and andalusite.

Added by The Justified Sinner on September 17, 2010 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Trouble With Lichen...

A while back, a friend of mine in Italy found an old car engine in a river. It had been there some time and was very corroded:




He sent me these bits from it:



And today, I finally started work on a piece using…
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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 16, 2010 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Hymn To Amun-Ra

Finally completed a piece I've had sitting about for a couple of months, the collar "Hymn To Amun-Ra":




Made from the brake pad of a Cessna aircraft, kevlar/steel composite from a bullet-proof vest factory, silver, enamel, blue topaz, lapis-lazuli, magnets and a 3d-printed scarab.

I was very uncomfortable about the "Egyptian" theme…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 15, 2010 at 4:29pm — 1 Comment

New cufflinks

Completed a trio of cufflinks today. These are a bit of a "bread and butter" line for me and one of the few things I get to make fairly regularly.






The rigid "bean" backs are really easy to get in and out of shirts and don't break. Set with a red zircon, chrome green tourmaline and blue topaz. The nuts and bolt-heads were all found…
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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 14, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Aha!

I didn't realise that there was a blog facility on here! Instead of commenting on my own comment wall, this makes a lot more sense.
Just completed a collar for an exhibition at Llantarnam Grange in Wales in November:…




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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 12, 2010 at 2:07pm — 1 Comment

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A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

Arriving at this message is the goal of this traveling exhibition opening at the SNAG conference in Boston 2015, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA - Aug 19 - Sept 20, 2015, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX - Oct 16 - Nov 15, 2015, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD - Dec 11, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2016, Thomas Mann's Gallery I/O April 1 - June 25, 2016.

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Instill - Material Matters 2014 - The School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University, UK

INSTILL- material matters offers an opportunity to experience the recent works by MA postgraduates from The School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University, one of the most important and internationally renowned contemporary jewelry programs in Europe.

Crafthaus has been privileged to show work from the graduating jewelry classes of the Birmingham City University for the past 5 years in a row. Thank you Professor Astfalck for this wonderful opportunity!

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