Petals

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.

As time erodes it creates avenues of light…

As time eats away at you, it creates new holes of light.

The theme that runs behind these earring is something I am relating to on a personal level at the moment.

One absolute constant is that life carries on, time keeps ticking and change happens. What was once perfect and beautiful will not always retain its features and whether by choice or not, time will influence and change it. At surface level this could be a very hard, seemingly negative thing but when viewed from other vantage points it could enhance the character and beauty within.

These earrings are a portrayal of how something that seems to be eroding, is actually letting the light in to places never reached before….

Still using the same concept as with behind the earrings, I made a pendant to follow on…

FRONT

BACK

The BARE Exhibition

A local shop Bare put on a showing of new upcoming jewellery designers which I took part in. It was very exciting for me and a means of pushing myself and as pressured as it was, I really enjoyed just getting stuck in and manufacturing. I found that while making one piece it would spark ideas for other pieces, and through this chain reaction a progression of work took place that I was considerably surprised with at the end.

These are two pendants I made for the exhibition, The top one I again tried to retain structure and use negative space to enhance the beautiful pattern on the central piece. The second domed pendant I tried to create a feminine lacey touch, with an old-worldly feel. I was surprised to find that this was the piece out of all that most people liked.

Beauty Within (Locket)

This sterling silver locket is a portrayal of how people are often miss-judged, and how there is so much beauty and character to be discovered hidden inside someone. What they seem on the outside is only the tip on the iceberg.

I have created an open section on the front of the locket as a ‘peep hole’ to what’s inside. Once the locket is opened, a pierced, oxidized door seperates the two sides, allowing something precious to be enclosed.

My Jewellery Photo Album

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
flower over.