For the ‘Memories’ exhibition at ARTISAN Gallery I wanted to draw from positive experiential memories in my own life, but translate them in a way that they would trigger a similar experience in the viewer’s memory. This evolved from memories of certain stimuli to different senses that I thought people might relate to such as…’the sun on my skin and life in the air’ or ‘it was then I found peace’…I chose to use wording to create a picture, ambiguous enough to simply start a thought or memory process.
My choice to use the form of flower petals relates back to memories I have of being in the garden, a place of joy for me. The petal I use as a metaphor to life’s experiences; just as one or two petals seem purposeless on their own, when composed together they are something extraordinary and beautiful. In life, small meaningless experiences when seen later in a bigger picture, can become a very special and integral part of who we are. It is these small, maybe simple but special moments that I chose to capture as petals of my life flower.
The chips of ceramic were from broken tea cups- also relating back to memories of my Grandmothers.
I recently happened apon a beautiful silver teaspoon that had belonged to my late grandmother. Immediatedly it brought back wonderful memories of my younger days spent at my Grandparents’ ; old large Rhodesian houses with beautiful wooden furnature and ornamentaions of all sorts influenced by a covetted British upbringing. A mixture of beautiful porcelain china and silverware, with rustic lampshades and dusty Zimbabwean landscapes…..all this from a little teaspoon .
My Photo Album
Last year I decided to make a range of jewellery linked to personal memories. I created what I called ‘My Photo Album‘ where I took old photos of special people in my life and set them into jewellery, with a verse that I relate to that person or memory, engraved on the back.
This developed from the concept of the locket, where one carries or wears a photo or something special close to their heart.
I set the photos in ‘liquid glass’ and mounted them
in sterling silver frames.
^ Pendants of my mother and father
^ Brooch of my Grandparents
This pendant captures memories from my childhood in Zimbabwe.
I felt these memories needed to be captured and set because it is
no longer the country I remember it to be and is no longer the
home of my past, so this piece was almost a preservation of what
is left of the Zimbabwe I know.
I set a section of the old Zim $2 note, with a sketch of an orchid