Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Here are the beginnings of some jewellery I am creating inspired by the ancient ruins I visited while I was away..... 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

A little while back i arrived home from a dream trip to Mexico, Central America and New York City.
Sooo many beautiful colours, shapes and textures to inspire my work. 
Textiles featured heavily in my travels, i wanted to bring them all home with me!
Below are some of my photos from Mexico..... 

 So many different varieties of chilli in the market

 On a little visit to a textile workshop where we shown the many ways and shades of colour created by the cochineal beetle that feeds on a special type of cactus.  Different acidic and basic organic ingredients are added to change the red to purple or yellow, such as lime juice or salt.

Paradise beach in Tulum, definitely the most beautiful beach I've ever have the pleasure to visit 

 Oaxaca, the way i pictured Mexico in the mind...loads of museums, good food, street festivities and colour.

 Teotihuacan, old Mayan ruins a little bit north of Mexico city, awe inspiring

 Taxco, Silver city, or as I like to refer to it, 'Magic City'.  Gorgeous cobble stone windy streets full of shops selling jewellery.  What a dream. 

 Frida Kahlos brushes and paint,  and her kitchen (below), demonstrate the bold colours of Mexico.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Visited the Diamond Valley Gem Fair over the weekend!!

Rock Heaven!!

Admittedly, this is one of my favourite things about going to these fairs, the scones and cream and homemade jam

Monday, April 22, 2013

Sometimes you just have a bad day in the studio, one where you make more work for yourself...

 I almost got the sample to the point where it was ready to mould!!!

 And then disaster struck, two wrong moves with the file and two of the setting arms came off, utterly devastated!!

Back to square one!! Oh well, i vow to make it better this time

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

 Me, a piece of sterling silver wire, a blow torch and a tourmaline.....
(and my messy workbench!)

I'm basing the design and setting of the ring on the natural shape that the tourmaline grows in and also the finished step cut of the stone.

 Here's the finished Mock up/test piece/notes

 The tourmaline stretches across the finger, so you cant see the setting from directly above, only the stone.

Monday, April 8, 2013

I spent a glorious afternoon making more little samples to send in to be fired!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

A few years ago i discovered a whole heap of pigments, glazes and oxides in my grandfathers shed, so I'm feeling inspired to have a little experiment with them and some porcelain, It will be interesting to see how the colours come out after firing......