As promised, here is what I made at Wanaka, under the inspiring guidance of David McLeod. David brought along lots of his lovely pieces to show us which was fantastic. I really need to see stuff and handle it to work out how things are made and then apply that to my own ideas. I had been thinking about how to make jewellery that can spin, I like to play with things in my hands and wanted something that would draw people to pick it up and feel the texture of it, and maybe enjoy the visual changes as they handled it.
David had a series of brooches that told a story, making political comment on things that caught his eye. One piece had trout in a stream on one side and shags on the other, which was commenting on a statement remarking on the purity of NZ’s trout fishery, and the other side the trout fishermen’s complaint that shags ate the released trout fry in the rivers. So, trout were introduced, and the shags were here first…. where was the purity in that? The two scenes were made in silver with cut out spaces, and sandwiched between a thin piece of greenstone which showed through. I find the layers really interesting, and two sides of a story, light shining through the greenstone, and the pleasure of the rotating images, really appealing.
The other thing that caught my eye was a different way to set a bezel. Instead of pushing the whole bezel over, David used a crimping technique. I found that fascinating, and I think it will open up a whole new way to play with new materials to set. Yay!
So, lots to think about, already my head is full of possibilities and I can’t wait to get busy with a pencil and then into the workshop and playing with these new processes. I’ll keep you posted!