Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
Large Pledge ring in platinum, set with an Australian parti sapphire.
I recently have made a number of rings in platinum.
It is never my first choice in metal, I prefer the steely grey tone of 18ct white gold. Saying that, I am starting to understand the attraction of platinum, it's colour and properties are distinctly it's own.
This ring was an order through e.g.etal, for a client overseas.
The sapphire was from my own collection of stones, I particularly loved this stone, as it is blue with flashes of green, and constantly changes according to the light.
Large Pledge ring with 18ct yellow gold Wonky wedder set with diamonds.
I love parti sapphires because they remind me of water; the sea, rock pools, blue that constantly changes according to light and motion.
Image from here
Thursday, June 13, 2013
a puddle of rain.
"We are the thread,"
"To weave is to speak."
A thread in the air
a cloud in the mud.
Cecilia Vicuna, 1995
from Inside the Visible, an elliptical traverse of 20th century art. ed. by M. Catherine de Zegher
My makers mark is a the warp and weft of fabric.
This poem was the inspiration for choosing this symbol instead of my initials to stamp on to jewellery that I made.
I was also influenced by the writings of Trinh T. Minh-ha.
Early cultures communicated visually through textiles, jewellery and tattooing, all aids to storytelling and making sense of the world. So jewellery is a kind of storytelling for me, and storytelling fuels my interest in this medium.
My makers mark on my business cards.
Below, beautiful rugs from different cultures.
All rugs from Loom
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
18ct yellow gold Large Pledge ring set with an old cut diamond.
This ring was an order from e.g.etal, using a client's diamond.
My intention with this ring design was always to attempt to create a setting that highlighted not only the stone that it carried but also drew attention to the metal itself. Sometimes rings disappear when the stone is large. I am interested in the metal as much as what is held. This simple organic design is the result of this thought process, and my attempt to work with the two different materials.
When I think of adding details to a design I always ask myself if it will add to the piece in 10 years time or if it is just a fashionable detail that is current when the piece was being made. So, as a result, some of my pieces are getting simpler and simpler, and I am more concerned with honouring the materials than fashion.
pledge n. 1. a solemn promise of something, or to do or refrain from doing something. 2. anything given or regarded as a security of something...