My colleague is off on paternity leave just now, leaving me holding the fort with part-time and temporary staff and my excellent technician, Fiona. A fault in the fire-alarm system in the building means that I can't cast anything, and I've not had time to work at the bench. Additionally, I just spent two weeks on holiday, so haven't much to report other than that I sent all my work off to the gallery at Cwmbran in Wales today, Llantarnam Grange, who are hosting an exhibition of my work next month.


An excellent time for musing on things I've noticed...


First up, I am rather taken by the recent acquisition by the British Library of the "St Cuthbert Gospel", a book written and bound in the late Seventh Century and then variously added to until the mid 1100s before being interred in a coffin with a putative "Saint" Cuthbert. The book itself is quite lovely. For me, the most amazing thing about it is that it is still completely legible, and easily so. It is quite possible to look at this and read the Latin text with the ease of a modern printed book. You can see the book on the British Library Website in fantastically fast-rendering High-Definition images. Unfortunately, it cost the library £9 million to buy...



My good friend, Janos, has been experimenting for some time with seals and stamps, carving the Carara marble from the Italian alps near his home in Campo Ligure and etching steel to make jewellery and pocket-pieces which are pleasing, robust and useful. He made some stamps for me some time ago:


Justified Sinner Stamp And Seal - 6 Justified Sinner Stamp And Seal - 7


Which I now use on all my packaging. More recently, he's made this brilliant "bangle stamp/seal":


Seal Bracelet - iron

These make for a fine touch when sending out hand-made items.


More later in the week!

Views: 30

Tags: ages, blindspot, book, bracelet, british, cuthbert, dark, gabor, grange, janos, More…jewelery, jewellery, justified sinner, library, llantarnam, manuscript, seal, st, varga


You need to be a member of crafthaus to add comments!

Join crafthaus

Latest Activity

Brigitte Martin liked Natalia Araya's video
4 hours ago
Brigitte Martin commented on Priscilla Mouritzen's status
"That sounds wonderful - enjoy !! Pls post some images from your stay if you get a chance."
4 hours ago
Barbara Umbel posted a status
"November 24 is the deadline for "All That Glitters" at Arts on Douglas."
7 hours ago
Priscilla Mouritzen posted a status
"My own blog of the Finnish residency:"
10 hours ago
Priscilla Mouritzen posted a status
"In Finland for a month as AIR at Fiskars"
11 hours ago
Brigitte Martin posted a blog post
22 hours ago
Barbara Umbel and Brigitte Martin are now friends
22 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"getting started Applications are now open for Getting Started, a free one-week business development course for those who have graduated in the last five years from a Precious Metal course. Applications close on Friday 30th October 2015. Please see…"
23 hours ago

Masthead Credits

Jill Baker Gower

Fleshgem Brooch #1

Silicone rubber, sterling silver, mirrors, garnets, pearls
10" X 12" X 4.5"

© 2015   Created by Brigitte Martin.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service