Practice and development

Loving working with a few bigger beads, stringing wire and crimps to try compositions. I haven’t reached a state of flow with these yet but I’m so enjoying the practice period. Can’t wait to crack it, I love this driven feeling that compels me to keep iterating.

Beaded Drawings

What comes to me first when I draw are beaded patterns. I’m trying to work out spacing and angles. The irony is that I rarely translate the drawings into beadwork. It’s been years since I did the kind of bead embroidery that would bring the drawing below to life. Maybe it’s time to try it…

Crimped Compositions

I’ve been thinking of ways to add a little flourish to my single sea urchin earrings. Usually I would go full “more is more”. I wanted to find a way to add some embellishments without crowding the sea urchin. I’d seen some lovely graphic jewellery made with beading wire, big bold beads and crimps. I…

What Needs To Happen?

It’s time I got organised. It’s always time I got organised and I think I’m actually pretty good at it but I do have a habit of turning getting organised into procrastination. Today I fired up Trello and made some plans to take the jewellery to the next (very modest) level. I’ll start by buffing…

Earrings

Working on these earrings has been really interesting and something I think I’m really going to enjoy. I see it as an opportunity to try little sample size pieces although I must admit I don’t like making matching pairs. Will try some freeform mismatched sets next I think.

Keeping it Moving

I’ve had a couple of projects come to a close recently and need to pick something else up to keep my momentum going. What’s gone: Open Exhibition Peterborough gallery. Worked for a long while on a large painting, necklace and some drawings. Unfortunately my work was not selected but the deadline got me moving. March…

Open Exhibition

Peterborough Gallery runs an open exhibition every year. I always miss the deadline. This year, I’m going to make it. Submission opened yesterday and continues over the weekend. My work is packaged up and ready to go. I did a painting, collage and neckpiece (which I finished late last night).