Thursday, 8 June 2017

Zero Waste

My process is a zero waste technique. Every minute scrap can be incorporated into a new piece of jewellery, including these tiny 1mm hole cut outs.


Bangles

I've been making bangles recently. They take ages to make, but very satisfying.





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.