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.
Thursday, 8 June 2017
Tuesday, 7 February 2017
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
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
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
Monday, 7 November 2016
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
Tuesday, 1 November 2016
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
Tuesday, 11 October 2016
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
Friday, 2 September 2016
Saturday, 20 August 2016
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
Friday, 1 April 2016
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.