Saturday, 28 February 2009

All work and lots of play...

I hope everyone has had as much fun on pancake day as me and a couple of my friends did! As we are all pretty inexperienced in the pancake making department which resulted in lots of mess but lots of fun. We had all the ingredients but no idea how to mix them, but with a quick phone call to my mother (who i must say is an amazing baker) we got there in the end :D! But the aftermath did make my poor little kitchen look as though a bomb had hit it!

I have been in the design department all this week getting on with my Narrative project. Iv started to collect inspiration from Victorian Mourning Jewellery.....looking at the way they used 'keepsake' to remember the dead. Some of the piece iv seen are very pretty crossed with being a bit creepy, as they tended to use a lot of human hair. A contemporary take on the uses of mourning jewellery is shown by Julia Deville, who uses gold and silver, as well as materials which were once living, like jet and taxidermist animals

Meliane Bilenker is a designer who uses small pieces of hair to create line drawing in her brooches.

Both these designer have really made me think about using a mixture of different materials in my piece, altho....i cant see myself using dead animal!

This month is going to be a very busy one at university! Lots of hand-ins due as well as dissertation proposals :(....but i hope to get a move on with my designs for the Westend Festival. As soon as I do I'll get some pictures up :)

Off to enjoy the rest of my lazy night


Tuesday, 17 February 2009


I was back in the workshop today to make a start on my new brief, which is to design a narrative brooch (basically a brooch which tells a story). We were give a few topic heading to get us started and iv decided to base mines around the heading 'Life After Death'. So to get the creative juices flowing we have been asked to create giant visual mind maps! He's mine...

Im really looking forward to getting into the workshop with this one!!! Might make more than just the one brooch!

I have also heard back from the organisers of the Westend Festival... and I am soooo excited to say that I will be taking part again this year! In the next couple of weeks ill be getting up some design that I will be making.

Off out to my friend Rhiannons for some chocolate cake and a dvd session :)

Byeee for now! x

Friday, 13 February 2009

Busy Bee!

Ooops! I have managed to abandon my blog for over to months....tut tut! Thought it was not through laziness as i have been a very busy bee the over the last two months! With a trip home over christmas and new year, then a university trip to the NYC!!!

And then straight back into the workshops with our most recent breif, which was my research project. The outcomes of this project were to investigate a designer and there methods and inspirations they uses within there work. Then to produce a piece using there methods or inspiration (and not a direct copy). As well as a 10minute presentation to the rest of our class and tutors. I must say i was dreading this project at first but after i recieved my designer, Yoko Izawa, who i was really interested in...seemed to made the presentation feel a lot easier to do! (im usually terrible at public speaking!) below is the piece i produced, a long unattached neck piece

And one of my favourite example of Yoko's knitted bracelets.

So now im just wait to get hold of my next project, which i think is going to be a narrative piece :)....i can see me doing a lot of photo etching fun! But with the way the weather has been the last couple of day ( a snow day on Thursday as it got that heavy they closed the univercity!!!) who knows!

Im gonna try keep a bit more up to date with my blogging....:D

ta ta for now!