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.
Monday, May 6, 2013
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.