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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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Stories and Thinking Hands: A Masterclass with David Poston, Milton Keynes Arts Centre, 28th November 2015

Stories and Thinking Hands: A Masterclass with David Poston, Milton Keynes Arts Centre, 28th November 2015

I first became aware of David Poston’s work was when I was still at art college, I took a trip to the Craft’s Council’s flagship show, Collect. His sculptural bracelets made from recycled treacle and golden syrup tins really caught my eye. I still remember them in the glass case now a colourful, positive image…

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Seeing the Music and Hearing the Image: Some Expeditionary Art with Solo-bassist Steve Lawson

Seeing the Music and Hearing the Image: Some Expeditionary Art with Solo-bassist Steve Lawson

The bass guitar is a wonderful instrument, if it were not for my learning to play it none of this would ever have happened. I am synaesthetic, I have a visual reaction to sound both musical and non-musical. This inspires my artworks be they jewellery you can hang on yourself or paintings you can hang…

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It’s Been a Good and Bad Winter for Art Jewellery – MIMA Opening Night and Lesley Craze Closing After 30th Anniversary

It’s Been a Good and Bad Winter for Art Jewellery – MIMA Opening Night and Lesley Craze Closing After 30th Anniversary

As Editor of Findings (the bi-annual magazine from the Association for Contemporary Jewellery) I was lucky enough to be invited up to the opening night of the new contemporary jewellery gallery at The Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA). Contemporary jeweller Frances Julie-Whitelaw got in touch to invite me and see if I wanted a piece…

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