Tuesday, 7 February 2017

More experimentation

I've come to realise that it doesn't matter how happy I am with a technique or style, I always want to try new things with my work. I think this is probably a good thing as it means there will always be something fresh round the corner. This week I am working on different ways to connect my pieces. This sample is articulated and I love the way it moves in a snake-like way.


Saturday, 21 January 2017

Why Polypropylene?

You don't have to read back too far through this blog to see that my work has changed quite a bit over the last couple of years. I used silver and resin for several years and my work seemed to do quite well. I sold through galleries, online and through craft fairs. Things were ticking along quite nicely thank you. Then after a move to Scotland four years ago I had a break from making while the family settled into our new surroundings. Eventually I was ready to start working again, but I began to question my old practices.

Like most people, I try to live and eat as healthily as possible, I avoid unnecessary chemicals as much as I can. I began to think about the impact that working with resin could potentially have on my own health and that of the environment. I had to face the fact that my studio health and safety was a bit sloppy (could I honestly say I always wore gloves and a mask?). Even though I mixed up small batches, there was always a tiny amount of waste material in the bottom of the cup which would end up in the bin...landfill...oceans!

I started playing with different materials...polymer clay...leather...wood...mother of pearl...acrylic...I eventually discovered polypropylene! Yes, it is still plastic, but I love the vibrant colours offered by synthetic materials and unlike resin, this plastic is recyclable! Commonly used for stationery, food packaging and even bank notes. My new process creates absolutely no waste as every tiny scrap can be incorporated into a new piece.

I don't mean this to be an "anti resin" post. I will certainly continue to wear resin jewellery, there is so much great work out there. These are just my personal reasons why I choose not to make it at the moment.


Thursday, 12 January 2017

Pretty in Pink

I'm starting to look forward to Spring now that Christmas is out of the way. Although I think I've got a while to wait before the Scottish winter gives way to Spring. The first sign on my street is the cherry blossom. So, in the meantime, here is a rather blossomy brooch pin while we wait.


Tuesday, 6 December 2016

madebyhandonline.com

I am pleased to be selling my work through the lovely madebyhandonline website. There you will find lots of beautiful work by talented makers in many crafts.


Monday, 7 November 2016

Recycled Plastic?

I am often asked whether my jewellery uses recycled materials. Well, the answer is that I do try to use as much pre-used polypropylene as possible, but I do occasionally buy new sheets, so I do not advertise it as "recycled". The technique I have developed makes it possible to use every tiny scrap of plastic, so it is a "no waste" process.


Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Fair

My next fair will be with Tea Green Events on Sunday 11th December. The exhibition is in Kibble Palace (one of the glass houses) in the Glasgow Botanical Gardens. This is a lovely venue and there will be loads of fantastic makers over the weekend.


Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Stronger Than It Looks

My new process allows me to make paper-thin layers of fused plastic, which I put together to make my jewellery. The raw material, polypropylene, is extremely hard wearing and waterproof. Although my pieces appear fragile, they are actually stronger than they look.


Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Raw Material

From this....


To this....


I start with coloured polypropylene sheet and use a heat process to blend colours and make my shapes into jewellery. I love experimenting with this technique

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Three Dimensional Clusters

Recently I have been drawn to making three dimensional pieces in my jewellery. I like to think that there is no right/wrong side and the pieces look interesting from all angles. Although the individual discs I make using this technique are two dimensional, I like to put them together at unusual angles to create three dimensional clusters.



Monday, 19 September 2016

On-line Shop

I have finally reopened my etsy shop, where you will find many samples and test pieces at reasonable prices. I will be offering a 10% discount until the end of October, while I'm settling in...just enter AUTUMN 2016 at checkout.







Friday, 2 September 2016

Earrings

Craft fair prep going well at the moment. Making lots of these little layered earrings. Paper thin layers of fused plastic on sterling silver wires. They're stronger than they look!


Saturday, 20 August 2016

Tea Green Events

I'm busy preparing for a craft fair at the moment. I am exhibiting with Tea Green Events at the their event at St Andrews in the Square, Glasgow. This is part of the Glasgow Doors Open Days festival, a celebration of Glasgow’s architecture. Many interesting buildings will be open to the public.


Thursday, 18 August 2016

Busy!

I'm totally absorbed in my new work at the moment. The possibilities are endless...

New Work

I have been working on developing my fused plastic range recently. The different opportunities for forming the shapes are really inspiring me.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Polypropylene

Although I love working with resin, there are times when I am just too impatient to wait for it to set and I need to work on something with instant results.  Recently I have been playing with polypropylene which I melt and squash into new colours and shapes. I love experimenting with materials and this has been really satisfying.


Tuesday, 19 May 2015

My most recent work.


Saturday, 28 March 2015

New Ideas

Recently I've been working on a new way to create my hollow pieces. The resin is layered, producing a striped effect.


Monday, 23 February 2015

Inspiration


I am enjoying making these hollow vessel shapes at the moment. It has been quite a challenge as I have had to make my own moulds and develop a technique that works for me. I love the making process and am continually trying to think of new ways of using my resin. However, after finding these 'treasures' on a Scottish beach recently, I can certainly see how I am also inspired by marine life and the natural world.


Monday, 15 December 2014

Pink Necklace

Having fun putting my hollow pieces together to make clusters.


Friday, 14 November 2014

Update

So...where was I up to?
I have been making hollow pieces for a little while now. Mainly by constructing them out of two halves.

Never quite satisfied, I continued experimenting. My aim was to make the items in one piece, creating the opportunity for a more organic, less constructed style...


Above are some very rough and ready early experiments.
I finished this little necklace yesterday.  I'm happy with the shape and the surface pattern and plan to make more miniature vessels in this style soon.