Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Thought I should try the new technology....

Well I've just come across some setting in Blogger that I didn't know was there which enables you to basically 'email' your blog. New to me but very interesting so thought would send out this test message.... and add a few pics of my jewellery while I'm there!!
The images are from the Stained Glass range which has been doing very well

Well its certainly much easier to get images into the post and i guess you can input other peoples info if you wanted. Lets see how I get on, watch this space!!


Tuesday, 14 February 2012

New Work .....

Well the brand new range 'Optical' has been doing really well so far, and is filtering into shops. You can also order direct by looking at the trade catalogue on my site then just e-mail your order as I haven't had time to get pieces uploaded to the shop.

The range is a brand new shape for me, a circular shape but very 3D and tactile. The use of black text on the back gives a unique optical effect throughout the pieces and you do find something new in them every time you look at them. I love that people are a little bit mystified and question what is happening when they look at my work.
Each piece is hand shaped and the surface of each piece of acrylic has been hand formed then sanded and polished as usual. The idea is that both the wearer and viewer can be puzzled and intrigued with the pieces whilst they still look pretty and wearable.

Spirograph images also feature quite heavily along side the text, I had great fun drawing with an original Spirograph set to draw up the patterns I felt worked the best. They also helped me come up with the overall design (although it may not be obvious in the final pieces!)

I hope that has given you a bit more of an insight into my new range of work. Keep up to date with all my news and of new work over at my website


Sunday, 12 February 2012

Behind the Scenes Spring Fair NEC

This was my first time exhibiting at Spring Fair, one of the biggest trade fairs in the UK. I thought it would be interesting to show you all a little of the behind the scenes of setting up a trade show. We arrived in Birmingham about 11.00 ish and had to get the car emptied as soon as possible. Stand spaces are very small so its tricky when your first getting your stand together!

Once you've found your stand and emptied the car its time to unpack and start the display!

Last thing to do is cut away the protective cover and your stand is complete, the gangways get carpeted later in the evening.

Image of finished stand at Spring Fair.

When the displays are done everyone needs to leave the buildings. I had to get to my accommodation and then had a little time to explore. This was the eve when the snow came, it was pretty much gone by the next day.

The show opened to buyers on Sunday 5th Feb until Thursday 9th Feb, a long show but I did enjoy it.
My next show is the British Craft Trade Fair in April.


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