The Association for Contemporary Jewellery’s 2013 exhibition will be on the theme of Stain-less. It will be held in Sheffield later in the year as part of the City’s Galvanize festival and part of the centenary of the invention of stainless steel. The email came through this week that I’ve made it through the rigorous selection panel and have been selected as an exhibitor.
I submitted two proposals interpreting the theme of Stain-less, sister pieces based on two passages from William Blake’s “Songs of Innocence and Experience”. I’m hoping this is not foolhardy given the time I now have to make them before the deadline! The two passages I have chosen both refer to staining, I am intending the pieces to be somewhat ambiguous and explore questions as to what should be considered “a stain”.
From “Songs of Innocence”
“And I made a rural pen, And I stain’d the water clear, And I wrote my happy songs, Every child may joy to hear.”
From “Songs of Experience”
While the Lilly white shall in Love delight, nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright.”