Month: September 2014

THE THINKING BEHIND MY PROCESS

I want to talk a little about my working process. I do a bit of drawing, but for me, it definitely starts with the materials. So in this case, it’s simply the brass endcaps. I set for myself that all work from this series must contain endcaps from the bag of 1000 units that I bought. It’s a nice limitation. So here, I have polished and cut the endcaps to varying sizes.

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This is where it’s most enjoyable for me. I’m using various shapes of brass as building blocks for new form.

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I’m always very conscious that my work is comfortable to wear. And that it looks good from all angles. I use my phone a lot. Here is a goofy photo of me trying to decide if the 3 x endcap cluster stud is a ‘yay’ or a ‘nay’.

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II think about the contemporary jewellery movement a lot. There is merit in pushing the boundaries of a material and process. And I can see how a piece of jewellery can become a vehicle for a social or political message. I GET IT. But if the wearability of  jewellery is compromised to the point of becoming uncomfortable, or even impossible to wear, then for me, it misses at least 1/2 of what jewellery is all about. The satisfaction of the maker IS very important. But I also think that the enjoyment of the wearer should not be disregarded. I believe it’s about finding the line upon which piece of jewellery can be expressive and hold intrigue, without becoming loud and obnoxious. This is my aim.

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I make everything in my studio in Adelaide>:)
Here is a stack of soldered endcap pieces. These are now ready for a final clean, and will be prepared for powder coating.

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And below, is a new design from last week. Still requiring some final adjustments. It might just make it into my new collection. Out next month!

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