Flavours Exhibition

The Flavours Exhibition opened on Monday evening and I think it came out rather successfully. I think I speak for everyone when I say that puting together an exhibition takes a lot of planning and preparation, and I certainly learnt a lot from this experience.

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I was fairly happy with my display and although it could have been improved on I think I managed to obtain the ‘look’ I was going for. I wanted it very simple but elegant, and to have a sophisticated appeal to it. I also wanted to capture the interest in different surface textures and patterns that my jewellery is often influenced by.

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Many thanks to everyone who helped in any way with the exhibition, and to all those who supported us*

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Working with Pewter

In preparing for my exhibition I have been trying to decide what to do on the wall behind my stands. I originally wanted to cover the tops of my stands with patterned pewter but my jewellery seemed to get lost when I put it on top. I have therefore decided to use the pewter on the back wall rather because I think it enhances the effect of my jewellery with its rich surface texture and patterning.

I’ve never worked with pewter before so I am winging it really and just picking up tips from books and people. I’m enjoying playing around with a new metal and getting different finishes on it. Here are some test pieces…

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Stands for my jewellery

I’ve been busy working on the presentation of my jewellery for the FLAVOURS Exhibition. I’ve been making stands to display it on which I originally wanted to make detachable by making a little box under the tops to slip the base into like so…

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It proved to be a bit unstable and messy looking so I decided to rather screw the bases and tops together…

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I want to create a clean white effect but not stark white so I painted them with a wash to allow the wood to show through a bit which came out really well, and I covered the tops with some embossed paper to give them a nice, sophisticated finish. Now I just need to figure out how the jewellery is going to be displayed on the tops. I think I’m going to use clear perspex to create different levels. I’ve been setting up mock layouts at home to try figure everything out, it’s all a lot more time consuming than one would think!

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FLAVOURS Exhibition

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If you live in Durban and are interested in an evening infused with different flavours, styles, cultures and inspiration, come along to the FLAVOURS Exhibition by Durban emerging jewellers! It’s at artSpace Durban, opening 13 July 18:00 and runs until 1 August.

I will be showcasing my work and will have pieces for sale by order.

See you there!