“A Bracelet of Bright Hair About the Bone”: How Engaging With the Jewellery of the Past Allows You to Sculpt Your Identity in the Present.

“A Bracelet of Bright Hair About the Bone”: How Engaging With the Jewellery of the Past Allows You to Sculpt Your Identity in the Present.

Next time you go to a museum look at the jewellery. Not just at the beauty, craftsmanship or sparkle of the materials but at the space around it. That place where the body fits, the hole in the centre of a ring, the pin that goes through an ear, a clasp that secures around a…

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Why the Brooch is Your Most Versatile Piece of Winter Jewellery and How to Work it into Your Everyday Style.

Why the Brooch is Your Most Versatile Piece of Winter Jewellery and How to Work it into Your Everyday Style.

There’s a lot of dark colours about in winter, black coats, brown shoes, dark dresses and scarves. I’m a big scarf wearer, September to May I pretty much don’t take one off.  I hate that cold patch winter leaves on your neck. Dark colours do make an excellent backdrop for jewellery and brooches are a…

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The Top 5 Merry Festive Gingerbread, Starry, Holiday, Christmas Jewellery Style Selections With Added Bonus (…no Please Not Another Mince Pie) Best Of Top Yuletide, Winter Solstice Songs Playlist.

The Top 5 Merry Festive Gingerbread, Starry, Holiday, Christmas Jewellery Style Selections With Added Bonus (…no Please Not Another Mince Pie) Best Of Top Yuletide, Winter Solstice Songs Playlist.

I’m going to come right out and say it; I’m not a massive fan of Christmas. Some parts of it I love, some things can go whistle. If you are like my sister and at least one of my cousins, you started the build-up to Christmas way back in early November with references to Christmas…

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The Seven Phenomenal Lessons I’ve Learnt from Music and how They Changed Me Profoundly as a Visual Artist.

The Seven Phenomenal Lessons I’ve Learnt from Music and how They Changed Me Profoundly as a Visual Artist.

It’s nearing the end of the year and the traditional time for making lists of stuff is upon us. So rather than a list of my top ten albums, pieces of jewellery or political pratfalls of 2017 (although I’m not ruling that out if list mania grips me next week) I’m looking back at what…

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When Your Halting Heart and That Luminous Jewel are Magnetically Attracted Don’t Ignore Your First Instinct, Deep Down Your Confidence Will Thank You.

When Your Halting Heart and That Luminous Jewel are Magnetically Attracted Don’t Ignore Your First Instinct, Deep Down Your Confidence Will Thank You.

We’ve all been there, that little glint that catches your eye and draws you in. It’s as if that piece of jewellery is signalling to you, has been waiting for you. You pause, It’s perfect, you fall in love. You’ve got a new crush, “ooh that’s wonderful…” you think and reach out your hand to…

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Four Ways I Invite Chaos into My Creative Process Eliminating Failure and Making My Jewellery More Authentic as a Result.

Four Ways I Invite Chaos into My Creative Process Eliminating Failure and Making My Jewellery More Authentic as a Result.

Nobody wants to fail, am I right? That hideous feeling you get when something you are trying to create starts to crumble, come apart at the seams and collapse on you. That awful moment when you feel powerless to stop it happening. A mass of hard work goes south, and you feel like you’ve just…

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When I tune in I’m using my synaesthesia to see music as shapes and colour, then draw it …live.

When I tune in I’m using my synaesthesia to see music as shapes and colour, then draw it …live.

I’m standing at the edge of a stage, to my left is Steve Lawson one of the most renown solo-bassists in the UK if not the world. He is in his self-described “Happy Place” he is a musician, a performer. He is calmly making a few pre-flight checks on his equipment. I am not a…

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When I Entered Room 50 I Found Ancient Jewellery Magic and Spellbinding Craftsmanship

When I Entered Room 50 I Found Ancient Jewellery Magic and Spellbinding Craftsmanship

Room 50 at the British Museum is full of treasure. It’s where the European Iron Age Celtic treasure hordes are displayed and where you will make an extraordinary connection with the humans who lived so long ago. There’s something about treasure, it has a real magic to it. You know what I mean, a really…

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How Simon Gallup’s Brazen Crazy Bass Sound Gave Me The Reason I Need To Start Using Bronze and Copper: The Cure Play Wembley Arena 1/12/16

How Simon Gallup’s Brazen Crazy Bass Sound Gave Me The Reason I Need To Start Using Bronze and Copper: The Cure Play Wembley Arena 1/12/16

I was a huge Cure fan back in the late ’80s, big black and white poster of Robert Smith on my bedroom wall, had all their albums but never went to see them live. The closest I got was going round a friends house to watch “The Cure in Orange” on video. Then 1992 and…

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United in Variety: Sieraad International Jewellery Art Fair at the Westergasfabreik, Amsterdam 2016 November 10-13

United in Variety: Sieraad International Jewellery Art Fair at the Westergasfabreik, Amsterdam 2016 November 10-13

Fitting my entire display into twenty three kilos of checked baggage to fly to Amsterdam was more liberating than frustrating as I shed unnecessary items and went with the bare essentials to run my stand. On the other hand the choice of bag I packed it all in will require revisiting next time. “The Elephant…

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