Sunday, 17 May 2015
I'd heard that a group of Duncan of Jordanstone students were doing a pop up shop but didn't think I'd make it along. Luckily I had some time on Friday and managed to get a quick look around on their last day. They'd set up shop in the Overgate Dundee as POPDUNDEE. The work on display was a mix of illustration and jewellery from third year students. I have to say I was rather impressed by the range of styles and products on offer. From postcards, to badges, zines and brooches there was lots to choose from. I was never that productive during uni!
There were plenty of the artists and designers on hand, all keen to engage with customers and chat about their work. I loved Alice Carnegie's movie and pop culture inspired work and her brightly coloured girl gang badges. I managed to get my hand on the last Bowie postcard and it is now framed and waiting to be hung on my bedroom wall.
Another student's work that caught my eye was Amy Dunne. I loved her dreamy and surreal illustrations, especially the large poster print featuring a red head and a tiger.
And of course I was drawn to Hannah Muir's jewellery. Can't go wrong with some nice silver jewels, especially when there's a touch of enamelling involved.
I hear that this is hopefully the first of many POPDUNDEE events and that POP may even expand to other Scottish cities. I for one would love to see that happen. I really enjoyed this pop up and it has definitely got me even more excited to see the work of the DJCAD graduating students at the degree show next week.
Monday, 20 April 2015
3D printing is magic. I don't care how much science you throw at me, I will still believe 3D printing is magic. I remember being in uni and first hearing about the technique. That was quite a few years ago and the concept still baffles me. So in an attempt to demystify it I went along to the DCA for a drop in session with the ever wonderful Lizzie Armour.
Seeing the printer working away was rather mesmerising. It was fun trying to figure out what the end product was going to be. Relatively small objects can take a while and it wasn't until the last few moments that the wee monkey face was truly revealed. The technique uses plastic filament which is built up layer by layer to create a 3D object. Designs can be created using specialist software or a 3D scanner can be used to capture a real life object. I got to see this piece of kit in action and it was amazing to see the image being captured. The hand held device is focused on an object and then moved around it to capture it from as many angles as possible. It did look a bit tricky but any small bits that were missed can be filled in with a bit of computer jiggery pokery.
Seeing all the kit in action got me thinking of the uses for it all. Of course my mind goes straight to jewellery. There were a couple of examples of this on display, which I enjoyed trying on. I've seen a few folk creating designs using the technique so I thought I'd share some of my favourites....
Tuesday, 7 April 2015
As well as jewellery, I'm also a big fan of scarves. It's an interest that started off small but has grown over time, to the point that even work colleagues are commenting on my scarf fascination. It used to be that I always went straight for the necklaces but now I find myself pulled in two directions when choosing my neck accessory for the day. Quite often I can be seen sporting both, just because the decision has been too much for me.
My obsession covers most types of scarf, from woven to knitted, but the main part of my collection is focused on silky illustrated pieces. Lately there have been a number of events that have helped to feed this addiction. One such occasion was winning this rather special Blackout Scarf on Instagram. The lovely Chloe from The Vintage Notebook had been to the Imperial War Museum to check out their exhibition Fashion on the Ration and was giving away one of these specially designed mementos. It made my day when I found out I'd won and I was even more excited when it arrived in it's little box with a lovely wee card from Chloe.
The other scarf based event was a master class with Karen Mabon. This lady single handedly began my scarf obsession through her quirky and colourful designs, so there was no way I was missing out. During the class Karen talked about her design process and helped us all to create our dream scarves, which are now in the process of being made. Since this was an opportunity to create something really personal I decided to cover mine with things and people that mean a lot to me, including depictions of some of the jewels I've made. Here's my final design in paper.
I'm so excited to get it back as a finished scarf. I also can't wait to style up my Blackout number and have a few ideas of how to I can include it in some Wardrobe Conversations outfit posts. All of this amazing scarf stuff hasn't stopped my eyes from wandering and my brain from popping some new additions to my internal scarf wishlist. Told you I was obsessed.
Monday, 30 March 2015
I was seeing some of my favourite ladies at the weekend and wanted to bring along a little treat for each of them. I picked up these Best Witches necklaces from Cheap Frills. Since the first time we all hung out was for a Halloween photoshoot then these couldn't really be more perfect. And, because fun gifts deserve fun packaging, I made some fun mini piñatas using a DIY I found on Pinterest. I have so many craft projects stored here that I want to try so it was nice to finally give one a go. The piñatas and jewels went down a treat. Plus, I even got to keep one of the necklaces for myself. I do enjoy a gift for others that also works out as a gift for me ;)
Jewellery is always a good gift in my book. It doesn't have to be extravagant, it can be something quirky, meaningful or just plain fun, like this little lot. Here are some of my other favourite friendship jewels that are perfect for girl gangs....
Monday, 23 March 2015
I was round visiting my dad at the weekend and he's been trying to have a bit of a clear out. In amongst rifling through old newspaper cuttings and sketch books from my school days (hello teen angst charcoal sketches) I was handed a couple of jewellery boxes that had belonged to my Granny and my Mum. It was fun looking through them and seeing what was held inside. Both had a rather fine collection of single earrings (my mums being clip on ones) and many that were missing their fastenings, tricky wee things.
It was interesting to see how my taste differs from their's. While my shelves are stacked with statement acrylic and enamel pieces, these boxes contained a lot of shiny gold and pearl effect. There wasn't anything of great monetary value and I suppose that's where our collections would hold some similarities. I own very few pieces that are made of precious metal and even less (read none) that contain precious stones. Yet much of my jewellery collection is very precious to me. This might be because it was an item gifted to me by a family member or close friend or because of where I was when I bought it. It could even be because I connected with the designer who made it or just because I felt a connection with the piece itself. Most of my jewellery has it's own wee story and that's what makes it special. It made me wonder about the stories behind my Gran and Mum's collections. Some bits may be slightly damaged or bent out of shape but this could just show a life of use (or misuse). I've taken a few pieces that I think I can work into my style so I guess I'll just make my own stories with them.
This is one of my favourite necklaces that was my Mums. I've actually had it for a while but collecting the other pieces made me want to get it out and show it off. It's a locket and inside it has the tiniest folded paper for the owner to write medical details on. It doesn't actually have any information written on it, which is a bit of a shame. I can understand it though because you'd have to have the smallest handwriting ever to fit it on. It has a little stone missing from the front and its a bit scuffed round the edges but I love the SOS lettering and the pretty clasp. It also has a quirkiness that I am definitely attracted to when buying my own jewellery.
Monday, 16 March 2015
It was my birthday last month and I thought it was about high time I got my ears pierced. 28 seemed like the most appropriate time to take this step and, after seeing these beautiful earrings by Lou Taylor, I knew it was time to take the plunge.
Why such the long wait? It's difficult to say really. I've never been worried about the pain of having it done or anything like that. Earrings just never seemed to catch my attention. I've always preferred spending my pennies on rings and necklaces, so earrings didn't get much of a look in. Plus I did worry I might not suit them. Sometimes earrings can look a bit wrong on certain face shapes and I thought that might be me. A strange niggle but it was niggly enough to put me off. This is still something that plays on my mind but then I started noticing, and falling for, more and more ear jewels . These ones just tipped me over the edge. I'll find out if they're right for me soon enough and now I'm excited about it rather than worried.
It's only a few short weeks until I actually get to wear these creepy lovelies. In the meantime I've been compiling a bit of an earring wishlist. I think this may be the start of a new obsession......
Tuesday, 10 March 2015
For Valentines Day I treated myself to this fabulous flamingo number from Karen Mabon. I love all of her designs but this one was a particular favourite of mine from her new collection. There's something about those pink birds that just captured my attention. In fact I noticed a lot of flamingo themed jewels had been popping up on my radar recently. Here are some more of my favourites......
Spotted any pink feathery treats lately?