Sunday, March 9, 2014
February was a very big month for me. I am slowly getting back to the swing of things. It has taken me a little longer than expected.
I have new sterling silver studs that will be going up on my online store in the next week.
I am working on new designs as well as artwork.
This is what I am looking at, at the moment. Trying to understand objects and things.
I have an intern, who is not a jeweller, she is studying Arts/Law. We will be exploring some projects together in this space.
On her recommendation, I have been reading Susan Sontag's Against Interpretation.
Reading often is for me a visual experience. So, I am going back to words to help me with my images.
Content is a glimpse of something, an encounter like a flash. It's very tiny - very tiny, content.
WILLEM DE KOONING, in an interview
It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
OSCAR WILDE, in a letter
The earliest experience of art must have been that it was incantatory, magical: art was an instrument of ritual. (Cf. the paintings in the caves at Lascaux, Altamira, Niaux, La Pasiega, etc.) The earliest theory of art, that of the Greek philosophers, proposed that art was mimesis, imitation of reality…
SUSAN SONTAG, Against Interpretaion
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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Friday, February 21, 2014
I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Mark McDean last week.
I have known Mark for about 15 years. Over these years, I had made him a number of rings, and took the photo above in 2012, of the way he liked to wear them. The oldest and I think the best, of these rings is the middle ring, which is very wide and is the ring that he wore the most.
On the inside of this ring, I engraved the words: She said Marry Me
We had talked of collaborating on an exhibition where we explored this theme, which we had been talking about for a number of years, and Mark did a series of collages and embroideries with these words we were playing with. I started an embroidery last year for Mark, and then got so busy I put it aside, as I thought that there would always be time to pursue it, and to continue our conversation.
The above image was from a blog post I did in November 2012.
Special rings, special person
I made these three rings over many years for my friend Mark McDean, who wears them almost everyday.
Which is a dream come true for a jeweller.
There are times when I feel very proud to be a jeweller.
When I make wedding rings, or a piece of jewellery for someone to mark an event or something personal.
And when I make work for people that I love and that they wear it every day, and carry it on their bodies as they go about their daily lives. This profession feels like a great privilege when I witness this.
I was honoured to know Mark and to be a part of his daily life.
Mark was one of the most creative people that I know, and passionate about art in all its forms. I was constantly inspired by him.
My heartfelt condolences go out to his family at this time.