As a treat after all the hard work entails in moving from my former studio to my new space at the bottom of my garden, I attended a wonderful workshop at Unit Twelve Gallery, 'Found Object Jewellery' lead by artist Lucie Elsie Harvey. The 'Found' exhibition featured some of her jewellery , but do check her website as she has been involved in projects which explore objects, especially those held in a museum context, in unique ways.
Lucy's work is wonderfully poetic and she was a totally inspiring tutor, the day left my mind whirring with possibilities for some of the other bits and pieces I have and would like to use, I also started thinking about new projects.
Before the workshop we were encouraged to bring our own treasures and found objects and here are two brooches I made on the day incorporating some of the many hoarded objects in my possession ie:-
Mother of pearl Mahjong counters, an acorn that may have been part of a hat pin, a brass tassel, an amethyst bead, a jet bead, a glass bead.
As I love incorporating words in my work I really enjoyed using the copper tags and letter punches available during the workshop day.
Once back home and installed in my work space, I was lucky enough to receive a set of punches and a tiny anvil as a gift and I've been making a new set of multiples which I hope to make available very soon.
Medalling with words
I have decided that since my relocation, I'm now a Shednologist and am finding this new / old space is quite a good place to work. I need to get the power situation sorted as the light days are fast disappearing - I'd love to be "off grid" practicing "bespoke up-cycling" like Kevin McCloud but at the moment I'm just about "on extension lead". I'm sharing the space with spiders-to-be and earwigs, but have had the pleasure of viewing my garden and watching the many Dragonflies dart past the windows. I'm busy working towards end events for two collaborative projects, some making has happened in the shed, as well as plenty of PPD - Plotting. Planning. Dreaming.