Yesterday was a pretty cool day, got featured on 2 blogs…The first was Kim Gray’s blog – A super local blog featuring great finds from her life as a decor and lifestyle stylist! Along with fashion trends, new designers and just general inspiring stuff!
The 2nd is a London based blogger – Fah-Schyonysta – she features African fashion designers!
I planned a photo day with 2 of my closest friends and asked one of them to model my work for me…this was going to be a very interesting process as none of us has any experience. All complete amateurs but we found a fantastic location outside of Gordons Bay. A valley full of local fynbos and gorgeous mountains in the distance – was just what I wanted!
The wind howled later in the day but we pulled through and got some super shots!!
Some designs I have been working on, along with different options between silver, resin and wood. Am planning on doing more, hopefully. I am starting to realise that I don’t have enough hands to be doing all the designs I really would like too. I will try anyway ;) I am heading towards a busy time, I have 2 months left in South Africa and only a month left till I pack up my workshop. Time to prioritise!
I have been wanting to create a range of jewellery that leans more to commercial, that is simple, fun and quirky! Over the last month or so, I have been scribbling and doodling some designs down and finally got to start some manufacture over the last 2 weeks. With a possible move to another continent on the cards for me, my inspiration for this range is simple – AFRICA!
I think it’s essential the collection keeps things uncomplicated and practical and still able to function as strikingly bold objects. I hope to have a lot of fun with this project, exploring new materials and the variations in aesthetic they each bring.
Some of these new materials include various different types of wood as well as old animal teeth and bone. Expect to see more ‘Africa Rich’ soon…
Updated and I have added some more photos of the collection, with this two neck pieces, I have incorporated wood with silver. Also adding white glass beads for a great contrast.
A look at my design process over the last 3 years … Includes scans of design sketches and images. Click to view larger image.
While doing research for my Btech, I have stumbled upon more amazingly cool jewellers and wanted to share some of my finds…
Here we go …
When starting to design my collection to accompany my BTech research report, it seemed the only logical step was to do it on my family. Basically at the end of every year we put together an exhibition of our years work and display our manufactured pieces, generally students work to theme … i guess it makes things easier, some students even base their Btech on the pieces they made. It paints picture if everything is coherent and connected…so I am designing my pieces around my family tree you could say.
Shocked that 2008 is almost over and the rush has begun as Christmas gets closer, working at a jewellers in a popular mall in Cape Town equals the definite Xmas madness that accompanies retail!
Stumbled across a fantastic piece of street art on the weekend, along side the M5 highway which runs through a greater area of Cape Town.
Love this piece so much, just had to share!
Would like to credit the artist but not sure who he or she is …
Thought it would be fun to pick my favourite items of jewellery from a couple of jewellers in Flickr. Having just recently started my own account, I was surprised by the amount of jewellers and creatives showing their great work off.
I am getting the ball rolling with my favourite rings from these very talented individuals …
Gonna briefly run through the selection, enjoy these stunningly inspirational rings:
Adrienne Weigmann, check out her Flickr as she has more great work posted.
Through out the last 4 years we are trained to produce industry drawings, with polycolour pencil and also watercolour.
I have a couple that I want to share to give you a taste of what I am able to do beside manufacturing jewellery.
Recently a jewellery blog , Jewels: An Appreciation of the Art, run by Katrina Morris added my work in a post entitled ‘A good thing is happening‘, go have a look and check it out.
On her site she features many unique and completely different jewellers and their work, exhibitions and other interesting features to do with the jewellery, have found there is always something visually enticing to find and knowledge to be gained!
I stumbled upon this book in CPUT’s library after a friend recommended I try get my hands on it. Anyway found it, went through it in awe so much so its overdue but wanted to share it as its a perfect visual look through fora and flora design within recent jewellery history.
The Jeweled Garden‘ published by Thames & Hudson, is must see for any lover of fine jewellery, visually its stunning and spans jewellery history from Victorians all the way through to present design.