Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Do you like butter?

                                                                  Do you like butter?

This device is for Winter, when buttercups are out of season. Simply put the device under your chin and turn the handle. After the required number of turns, is Doubt or Desire visible at the front? You have your answer.Simple as that. Of course this references the childhood game of telling whether you like butter with a reflected buttercup placed under your chin. Almost everybody does. A silicone basting brush goes one step further by tickling your chin or even applying a fine coating of butter if required.
I enjoy the challenge of making jewellery that can be worn, but also has a function.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Spinning Straw into Gold.

 Jewellery problem solving. Had the queen had this machine, she would never have entered into the deal with Rumpelstiltskin. She could have made her own gold appear!

Ladybird 'Well loved tales series 606D' used as packaging for The Contemporary Jewellery Exchange 2015.
The packaging illustrates elements of the story.

Reading the story of Rumpelstiltskin made me consider how the Miller's daughter had no control over her destiny, from being volunteered by her father to perform un-accomplishable tasks, to having the threat of head removal if unable to spin straw into gold, and then the terrible bargain with the cross tempered dwarf in which the price for the spinning the straw into gold was surrendering her first born. 
I have made her a small, easily concealable machine which spins straw into gold.
 She will have to decide herself if marrying a King who threatens to kill her if she cannot weave a room full of straw into gold is a good idea!

Time passes so quickly now

Madame Yevonde's stunning and and atmospheric portraits provide inspiration for a series of worded necklaces which challenge the viewer to reflect on the state of mind of the wearer. I use humour and ambiguity to communicate or provide a narrative.
 Mrs Anthony Eden as the' muse of history' seems aloof and distant as she expresses her indifference in a complicated,lengthy and absurdly concrete fashion, ill-fitting for such a short-lived sentiment.
Venus in her ancient glory celebrates the ephemeral nature of beauty acknowledging 'and we all lose our charms in the end'.
Mrs Longdon as Persephone calmly radiates a 'rare and dazzling order of beauty'.
As the maker of such bold proclamations,worn and observed outside of my influence, I can appreciate and enjoy the interactions from an interestingly anonymous distance.