Strawberry Brew Studs

Strawberry Brew Studs 2016
Earrings
Strawberry teabags, sterling silver.

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It’s all in the detail.

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Mixed Blend Necklace

Breakfast, blackcurrant & rooibos teabags, copper, nylon.

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Wood/Copper/Nylon

I’ve been busy making, but terrible at posting. Here a is a necklace I created recently, it’s quite different to my usual style.

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I’m back.

It’s been a while, three years to be exact. In that time I’ve had work featured in a book, bought a house, started a brilliant new job working in an Art College, visited new countries and created lots of wonderful memories. One thing I have ceased to do for a long while is make. In all honesty, I’m not even sure why. I guess a mixture of self-doubt and excuses turned something I once loved into a chore, something to avoid, something to almost fear. The pressure of obtaining success and recognition needlessly overshadowed the pure joy that came, and should come, from designing, making, exploring, playing and creating. But something has re-stirred in me, I can feel the passion re-igniting and for all the right reasons. I want to make for the joy of making.

I decided to ease myself back into the process and went where all great procrastinators go – to Pinterest. After searching through the reams of images I began to realise that the images that were appealing to me and the designs that were standing out were so different to styles that I had pinned three years before. While I was previously attracted to robust, industrial, rugged, bulky jewellery I now feel drawn to simplistic, linear designs, understated ‘statement’ jewellery and pastel colours (my younger self would hate me). This new interest is being translated into forthcoming designs, and I’m interested to see where this takes my work. I will post as I make, and will share designs and inspiration along the way.

I have decided to continue exploring The Tea Collection, I feel I barely scratched the surface of this material and the possibilities are endless. I’ve written this blog post not so much as an explanation of my disappearance, or an announce of my return, but as a way to keep myself accountable. It’s out here now, I’ve written it so I’m going to uphold it. I am back.

 

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New Exhibition

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Mad For Tea

To all tea lovers! Check out the Craft Council’s latest exhibition ‘Mad For Tea’.

http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/whats-on/view/mad-for-tea/overview

Mad for Tea is curated by Crafts Council Trustee Peter Ting and Brian Kennedy and focuses on tea paraphernalia through the actions associated with the ritual of making and serving tea; boil, pour, stir, sip, serve, keep and store. Looking at the full range of decorative objects associated with the culture of tea the exhibition will look at how contemporary makers are breathing new life into the area. The Crafts Council has loaned seven pieces from its collection for the exhibition. Pieces include a tea set by Edmund de Waal and Simone ten Hompel’s ‘The Stuff of Memory’ – six silver spoons (2010) acquired earlier this year for the Crafts Council Collection.

At a glance

When: 10 June to 28 July 2013

Where: Fortnum & Mason
First Floor
181 Piccadilly
London
W1A 1ER
Visit Fortnum & Mason’s website

Times: Monday to Saturday 10am – 9pm, Sunday 12noon – 6pm

Tickets: Free admission

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