Friday, 24 June 2011

New Designers

The time has come for me to exhibit at New Designers. This is a great opportunity for all design graduates out there to showcase their work.  We go down to set up on Monday and the exhibition is open to the public on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  It will be great to see what other jewellers have been inspired by and their creations.

If you are interested in visiting it is held at the Business Design Centre in Angel.

Monday, 13 June 2011

The end or is it just the beginning?

I have neglected my blog a bit of late for which I apologise, however, I hope to concentrate a bit more on it now as I have finally finished my degree! Woop woop!  I seem to have had my head stuck in the degree particularly over the last couple of months.  Here is a photo or two of my latest project.

Based on disguising text and books this range of jewellery is made from fine silver, sterling silver and paper and is predominantly made by putting the silver through my old typewriter and typing directly onto the silver.

More pictures to follow.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Nora Fok

The main reason for doing the Applied Arts degree was because of my absolute LOVE of jewellery.   I am always fascinated by how people manipulate different materials to create something that was nothing into a stunning piece of jewellery.  

On Wednesday I went to Ruthin Craft Centre ( to the Nora Fok exhibition.

This exhibition was unbelievably inspiring and definitely worth a visit.  The vast display of work is made with nylon microfilament which she knits, plaits and weaves to create delicate yet eye catching body sculptures.

The last day of the exhibition is on 5th June so still plenty of time to see it, even if you aren't a jeweller you will be amazed by the intricacy of her work. 

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

A good old typewriter

There is something so beautiful about an old typewriter. You can download many free 'typewriter' fonts from the internet but it just isn't the same!

I used a typewriter for my last project & it seems as if that is the way my next project is going but in a different way by removing the ribbon.  This gives paper a delicate imprint, I love it - to a degree it is a way of disguising a message as the text cannot be read unless it is brought closer to the eye.

...but what message to disguise?

Monday, 7 March 2011

Disguising stories

This weekend I went down to London.  I don't get to go there very often but I do love it when I do.  Whilst catching up with a friend we stumbled across Persephone Books.

I am trying to research as much about books and typography as possible and I didn't know anywhere like this existed.

Persephone books is a bookshop that prints mainly neglected fiction for women by women.  Each book has an identical plain grey jacket on it.  The stories themselves and the inside covers (which each have a beautifully printed pattern on) are what differentiate the books from each other.

As part of my project, the main focus has been disguising messages in different ways and this visit has inspired me further.

It was a great bit of research and somewhere where I would recommend going to.  

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Book Binding

I want to learn the ins and outs of making books so today I went along to a workshop to understand the basics.

I came out with a pretty impressive looking book that I can write all my daily 'to do' lists in.  I now need to decide how I can make more book style jewellery!  Any ideas?

Friday, 25 February 2011


I love typography.

In my last project I incorporated typography into my jewellery by making mini books.  For my current project I am going to try and carry on a similar theme.  One particular suggestion made to me was to buy some old books and fold them, rip them, scrunch them etc.  I have seen it done quite a lot before but thought I would give it a go.  

I love the end result but equally so I loved doing it, I found it so therapeutic.