‘What’s on my Workbench?’ Wednesday – Testing some Titanium Ideas

I am having a lovely time ‘mucking about’ with my new material, titanium sheet. Despite being flat out with an unexpected exhibition opportunity, I am taking the time to try some things out. I love the play aspect of new things, and the way you start looking and thinking about things a-fresh.

So far I have achieved some lovely colours, and tried using the titanium as a backdrop for silver shapes. It is not possible to solder the titanium either to itself or to other metals using my soldering set-up so cold connections are the order of the day, riveting being the option of choice so far.

The Christchurch Arts Centre, that was

When I first began my silversmithing life we had access to the guild workshop in our beautiful neo-gothic arts centre where I used to enjoy a view through sandstone, arched windows into an english lime tree that waved its green leaves in the breeze. These buildings are something that the earthquakes have taken from us, and any repairs are possibly decades off, with the likely hood of access to the final buildings being unlikely for lowly art practitioners.

I have always loved those graceful arched shapes and often use them in my jewellery. So no surprises to find myself reconsidering them at the moment. A sort of tip-of-the-hat to the things that have been, amongst our dusty, slowly demolished city, and the raising up of glass and concrete. I will be guilty of saying, ‘ Things aren’t what they used to be.’ and being declared ‘out of touch’ and  ‘old fashioned’.

Gothic window shapes and beautiful blue titanium

I do think we lose something when there is no reference to our past, and a great lack of fun or whimsy is evident in the money making focus of this world. It is a very serious business, this process of living! Anyhow, back to my wee indulgence in whimsy – I am making a few of these arched window shapes and enjoying the process. Hopefully someone else will enjoy having them to wear, and there will be a little bit of the sense of looking through those arches into a different world than that which surrounds us at the moment.

Little pendant made of sterling silver and titanium


About joslittlepictures

I frequently have trouble trying to decide how to describe myself. Am I an artist who makes jewellery too, or am I a jewellery artist who draws, paints, makes prints,takes photos, makes gardens,plays with book binding,and occasionally working in stone and mosaic? Then there is my delight in words as well. And I love cooking. What I don't do so well is housework, constant order, or keeping to schedules. I make lists, often starting with something I have completed just so I can start by ticking something off!
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4 Responses to ‘What’s on my Workbench?’ Wednesday – Testing some Titanium Ideas

  1. These are lovely Jo! I love old buildings… and your work shows the same great character and warmth. Great!

  2. Candace says:

    Those are beautiful! I’m so sorry about the loss of those gorgeous buildings. History can’t be replaced.

    • Thanks Candace. We are missing them, and still don’t know how much is going to remain. It is easy to get very suspicious about the motivation of our council and the big business money-worshippers who really aren’t concerned about ‘soulish’ matters like our attachments to beauty and the people who went before us. – Maybe I am getting old and out of touch!

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