Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Mat Collishaw


Beautiful and fascinating, I had never heard of this technique before...

Collishaw has created a Zeotrope. These were designed in 1834 to create an illusion of action from a rapid succession of images..
He has created the impression of huge fluttering moths that will be visable from dusk in the uppermost dome...
I am very excited to see this and there will be a smaller version to get closer to in the John Madejski Garden. What a good excuse to visit the V&A, or do you need one?

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Kelly Mccallum

Wonderfully weird and witty work. I LOVE the taxidermy animals with "accessories"..the rabbit with the moustache!! Kelly is inspired by decay, preservation and also sentimentality so some ideas that are close to my heart.. She describes her work as
"Melodramatic scenes of mortal stillness"

Monday, 8 November 2010

Erica Weiner


Oooh i would love to visit this shop..lovely treasures. I like that she is not afraid of having only one of each piece... 

Sunday, 17 October 2010

I am an EC one finalist...


I got to the final 10 of the EC one competition to be their "Unsigned" jeweller and be stocked in their shop this Christmas..I then got down to the final 3 and had to meet the judges this Tuesday. Results on the 28th October!


Come find me at Liverpool Design Festival...

Liverpool Design Festival, 19th-21st November at St.Georges Hall will showcase some of Britains most interesting design talent and is part of a week of festivities across the city...you can buy tickets online!


Sunday, 10 October 2010

Origin London

I visited Origin in London a week or so ago and really enjoyed the new location in Spitalfields. A few designers that I had seen and heard of were there so I got a good chance to get a closer look!


Love love love this work by Momocreatura. The little axe earrings are my favourite but I love these rings too! A little dark but then aren't we all??

I have seen Jacqueline Cullen's work before and after a recent trip to Whitby I though only apt to mention her work. I love the modern use of a material that was traditionally used for mourning the dead.

Also love a bit of Laura Bennet, particularly as she makes containers/vessels aswell!

All together I was quite suprised at the cautiousness the show revealed in it's exhibiters this year, most work had been shown before or was of a traditional/commercial nature. I really hope to be at Origin myself one day, the atmosphere is electric!

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

Now on the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair website. The show is in Manchester 22nd-24th October and I will be showing my new collection there...
Come for a day out, the work looks amazing!


Thursday, 26 August 2010

Amazing..that's it.

These photos were shot between 1863 and 1944 and were taken by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii during a photographic survey of the Russian Empire. "He used a specialized camera to capture three black and white images in fairly quick succession, using red, green and blue filters, allowing them to later be recombined and projected with filtered lanterns to show near true color image". I can't actually believe some of them were taken over 100 year ago. The vibrancy of the fabric is just amazing, it is so rare to have any examples of colour of that period in time except in paintings.


Sunday, 22 August 2010

Amber Albrecht


Ok so I know I am a sucker for anything magical but these really are beautiful, I wish she would draw me some insects!

Amber Albrecht is based in Montreal and her surreal works are inspired by folklore, literature, topography and a struggle to remember stories and drawings she saw when she was young.

I am feeling very Russian/Eastern-inspired at the moment so expect more of this type of posts..If only I could fit this in with my Victorian style memorial jewellery..maybe some odd mash up?

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Liverpool Deisgn Festival

Wohoo, now on the Liverpool Design Festival website. The show is on the weekend of 20th and 21st Novemeber in St.Georges Hall.


Saturday, 17 July 2010

New Pieces..

A few new pieces to peruse..collections solwly coming together....

Silver filigree pattern necklace with 9ct gold saftey chain

Silver victorian memorial hand with garnet and 9ct gold safety chain.

Glass jar with cork stopper, silver chain, 9ct gold safety chain and red cinnaber moth.

Another mad collector!


This is Lisa Congdon's blog, she collects..and collects..and collects. This blog follows her recording her collections each day as she categorises and documents...
Here are some of her daily collections

Saturday, 1 May 2010

New Photos..some new work

These are a few photos taken by my new friend Anneka for a shows I would like to enter in the next few months. There will be more to follow but we just stlyed a few shots to see how they would look on an old mannequinn I borrowed from Tasty Vintage! http://www.tastyvintage.com/index.php

All are working progresses and need some sparkling touches but finally it feels like I am pulling a collection together! I am really pleased with the way they have come out....

Siver cast bones, hand formed.

Test tube, found insects, cork, silver.

Photo-etched silver scizzers, antique velvet, silver chain.

Photo-etched lace on silver, silk ribbon, quartz, silver chain.

Photo-etched map on silver, hand formed, recycled 9ct gold chain.

All photos by Anneka James

Sunday, 25 April 2010

An article about moi...


Graduate showcases Victorian jewellery collection

By Jessica Brown | Published On April 19, 2010 | In Fashion

From April 12th until today, there has been an exhibition of drawing, jewellery, and print held in a little gallery located in St Martin’s square in Lincoln, seeing over 60 visitors in its first night. Emily Margaret Hill is just one of the creative minds behind the gallery this past week. Fascinated by the Victorian era, she uses this as inspiration for her jewellery.

In a cosy, yet creatively decorated, space above the gallery, Emily works away at her jewellery in a unique way: “No one else uses the exact technique that I use, that I know of,” she said. See her work in the gallery below:

By demonstrating initiative in a competitive market, Emily (23) is already distinct from her fellow graduates: “No one else from my course at university has taken the leap like I have, they’ve all taken on full time jobs, which I think is a bit crazy. I need to get my work further afield so I’m applying to big show across the country. And I’ve stopped selling my jewellery for now so I can build up my collection.”

Emily initially developed ideas for her jewellery from going to museums and private collections. However, now she is more inspired by Victorian domestic life. She described one of her main inspirations as ‘mourning jewellery’. “That sounds a bit morbid”, she said, “but in the Victorian times it was used to celebrate life and death.”

In September 2009, Emily graduated from the University of Lincoln, after studying a joint course of contemporary decorative craft and fine art. She now works above the gallery three to four days a week, and can spend up to two full days working on one piece of jewellery.

“I did my dissertation on how Victorians reacted to death through jewellery. I wanted to have that same effect, jewellery standing for emotion and feelings. I had one guy who came to me wanting his wedding vows and the place when he and his wife met etched onto a necklace.”

Emily admires the way the Victorians interpretted their lives through jewellery, and studied it for her dissertation. “Jewellery was such a big part of their lives,” she said. The Victorians were more sentimental with their jewellery, but Emily sees that this sentimentality has declined these days, and that is what she is trying to revive through her work.

She etches maps and marriage vows onto silver, she uses Victorian coins, and she makes her work individual: “my jewellery is easily changeable, you can personalise it, for example, by re- tying a ribbon, or turning a coin around.” With several shows this year, Emily hopes to enter them after building up a collection.

Monday, 19 April 2010

Kirsten Spuijbroek

This work is by Kirsten Spuijbroek who is based in The Netherlands. Her work is inspired by mourning jewellery (just one of the reasons I love it so). Her techniques involve dipping real flowers into porclelain and letting them burn away as it is fired. Thus leaving the imprint in the necklace. This links to allowing time to grieve and letting memories be kept and cherished.


Hannah Hedman

This is work by Hannah Hedman. Almost all is from her "Enough tears for two" series. Each piece is so carfeully constructed yet is almost seems like a collection of old used found objects glued together. I love the dark patina of the metal and the aggressive edges. Her work to me seems like a dreamscape, beautifully formed in another world..

She states, "Human weaknesses and underlying defense mechanisms are often themes that recur in my work. I try to keep an open attitude to methods and materials as I find my way to new techniques, combinations and approaches, but simultaneously always strongly rooted to the past".

Materials used are oxidised silver, powder coated copper, paint, synthetic fibre and a technique of electroforming.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Seb's Nana's beautiful mourning jewellery collection..

Right, so I have to admit how jealous of my boyfriends Nana I am for one simple reason..she owns THESE.......

Opal, 18k gold, enamel.

This beautiful gold brooch reads "Stanley" on the back and is part of a pair. These could have been made to commemmorate the lives of two brothers, not nessessarily because they died, the Victorians also commissioned jewellery for the birth of family and friends aswell as to mourn.

This is a very sweet brooch containing plaited hair and a little picture of the lady it belonged too. No engraving on the brooch but it immaculate condition and I love how happy the lady looks.

This ring is beautiful and really typical of a mourning piece. The gold band is engraved with a Greek keywork pattern that would have been popular in earlier Victorian work. From the late Georgians through to the Victorians designers were heavily influenced by the romanticism of the ancient Greek architecture such as collumns and stone engravings. There is also fine hairwork woven through the band, amazingly constructed.

This is a brooch that is made from the material that opitomised the Victorians fascination with Mourning. Jet was found in Whitby and was very easily carved due to it's fossilised-wood state. It was produced in mass to portray Victorians people's loss and could be found in mourning warehouses across London. This means is wasn't often personalised but meant that lower classes could express their grief through adornment.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Highgate Cemetry

I initially visited Highgate cemetry for two reasons, firstly as I was focusing my dissertation on Mourning jewellery and I thought visiting a few Victorian cemetries would give me a further understanding of their expression of death. Secondly because one of my ancestors is buried there and I was keen to see the family plot. It turned out to be such an amazing experience and has inspired so many parts of my work since.

This is the Hill family tomb, it is really beautiful and commemmorates my (i think 5 times) Grandad and his family..Sir Rowland Hill, he created the postage stamp don't you know!

Highgate was created in 1839 by the General Cemetry Company and insantly became a popular and fashionable place to be buried amoungst the wealthy and upper classes.
It has the most incredible Dickensian Atmosphere that takes you right back to time when you would have seen black carriages and horses drawing up into the main court and forlorn visitors slowly waltzing around huddled together in blakc crepe.
John Betjeman referred to Highgate as the Victorian cemetary "par excellence, the Victorian Valhalla". It really is so lavish and dramatic, featuring an Egyptian archway with tudor turrets leading in large avenue of vaults..

It the centre is this huge Ceder tree standing tall on a mound of earth. This is called the Circle of Lebanon, built in the same style. This circle was created by earth being excavated around an ancient Cedar of Lebanon, a legacy of the Ashurst Estate and used to great effect by the cemetery’s designers.

This is one of the doors to a vault holding a family mausoleum. They are such eery spaces, you can see inside as you are walking around and they seem so unusually large for holding a few coffins. They remind me of big old empty houses with wind blowing through them, untouched for years but holding secrets that have been buried with the owners.

Sunday, 31 January 2010

Anne ten Donkelaar

Ok so I can't actually read her website but she makes very pretty things that contain insects and can be worn on the body...


Monday, 11 January 2010

One of the best museums in the WORLD!

This is the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, a hidden gem at the back of the Natural History Museum and a trove full of the most delicious treasures that have really inspired my work over the past few years...It is hard not to stare in wonderment at the artifacts brought back from all over the world by the explorer and archeologist Lt. General Pitt Rivers. This was a personal collection that he gave to the University in 1884 on the conditions that it was used to teach anthropology..It is filled with the most obscure objects that depict life all over the world, especially in what seems to be remote and exotic unheard-of cultures. From tribal shrunken heads to tiny Japanese shoes worn when binding feet to a wealth of unusual weapons it has something for everyone to pore over...

This is a necklace made from little blue beetles bodies, absolutely beautiful and so intricate, it was hard to get a picture as it is so tiny!

I just love the way everything is displayed in these framed boxes, each with hand written labels. This categorising and compartmentalising really influences my work.

There are jars filled with formaldehyde and pickled animals parts..a bit distastful to most but i couldn't stop looking!

There are lots of tribal necklaces made from materials such as teeth, horn and bone. I like this use of natural material to adorn the body, it is common practice to be resourceful in remote communities but this has been lost in British society today. We are so use to draining exotic materials. It may seem common practice today to recycle and make necklaces out of old plastic cups, paper or fabric but this could be taken further, maybe using up less initially obviously wearable waste, for example re-using lab equipment, preserving dead plants or animals..hmm I wish I could afford a taxidermy course!

This is an Inuit suit made from (I am attempting to remember) seal stomach lining I believe..or other such stomach lining..It was quite disgusting but quite beautiful at the same time and I am sure very practical in those climes.(Note-over 150 years old, animal protection laws not yet enforced!!!)