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.
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’.
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.