Happy Eggy Easter

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If you just read my previous post you’ll see how I had a rather nerdy Easter egg decorating day!! If you didn’t read it, you should, it’s awesome!!

Thanks for making the weather lovely Jesus! we had a rather wonderful day chilling in the sun painting eggs (well, I painted them! Mum doodled on hers, Dad was too distracted by the sun to do more than one, and Jamie… well, Jamie is special!!), then a trip up Blackford Hill and some egg-smashing ensued!

Here are more photos of our fantastic eggs! and some of the egg-rolling banter!!

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Doctor Who: Egg Guardian!

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Pre-smashed eggs!

DSC_0009Mum’s pretty doodles :)

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Dad’s I-got-bored-doodle!

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The Dalegg is here to EGGXTERMINATE you!!!

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TARDISegg.

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Galleggxy!

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Bailey enjoying his dinner!

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Hahahaha! we’re just too awesome!!!

Happy Easter!

Enjoy all your chocolatey noms!

Chloe out.

Gold at The Queen’s Gallery

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Yesterday, we popped along to visit the Gold Exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery.

Through over 60 items drawn from across the entire breadth of the Royal Collection, and from the Early Bronze Age to the 20th century, Gold explores the qualities that make this rare and precious metal an enduring expression of the highest status, both earthly and divine. This exhibition give a glimpse into the myriad uses of gold, from sacred to ornamental, and includes a series of film installations showing the meticulous working of gold by a bookbinder, furniture gilder and jewellery maker.

It didn’t feel like there was as many as 60 items there… but I wasn’t counting! Although I would recommend popping along if you’re in the area, as a jeweller I was a little disappointed with the lack of things! There were quite a lot of golden paintings, but not as much jewellery/goldsmithing as I was expecting. Saying that, what was there was stunning.

Here area  few of my favourites to tempt you in:

This was my favourite piece. The images don’t do it justice. This tiger’s head is to scale, highly polished, set with rock crystal eyes and teeth; and it looms out of it’s black background magnificently. An incredible work of craftsmanship, and definitely what you would call a statement piece!

*all images credited to Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014*

Fancy a visit? The exhibition runs from 27th March to 26th July 2015, and is at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh. Check out the website for more details.

Chloe out.

Tom Hiddleston: God of Mischief

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The trickster.

The glorious Tom Hiddleston is a must feature for my Zendoodling. I have sided with the rest of the world and rather fallen in love with him, and this Zendoodle pays homage to him in my favourite role: Loki from Marvel’s Thor…. everyone loves a sexy British villain.

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What do you think?

Fancy yourself a magical Zendoodle commission? Check out my Zendoodle gallery for more and send me a message about ideas for your very own artwork :)

Chloe out.

First Excerpt from The Story of Ondine

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I’ve been so busy these past few weeks writing away. It feels like a giant explosion of words has just melted out from my brain. I’ve not written much of anything but the odd one-liner, blog posts and journal entries for such a long time. I’ve missed it. I really must write more.DSC_0186

I don’t know if it’s any good yet. I’m still in the first draft stages and still need to write a huge chunk of middle bit, but it’s oh such a glorious process.DSCF1080small

If Ondine is as successful as I hope it will be, I’m definitely going to write a story for every single collection I do. Oh joy!!

Anyway….. thought I’d share with you a little sneak peek at part of the story.

She nodded, tears spilling down her cheeks.

“Yes.”

He rummaged around in his pockets and pulled out a strand of white string. She laughed through sparkling watery eyes and held out her hand. He tied the little rope around her finger. She looked down at the string, flexed her fingers, brought them up to her mouth and licked her new ring. He watched in astonishment as the glistening bubbles in her saliva solidified around the knot and the string set in silver.

“Okay, you really have to tell me all your secret now!”

Still a first draft, so it will most likely change! But, what do you think? Would love some advice?!!

Ooo and here are a few more full-scale tail samples. Must write that knitting blog! and maybe a weaving one too!Silver Coned (14) Silver Coned (12) Silver Coned (9) Silver Coned (8) Copper Clawed (1)Copper Clawed (10) Copper Clawed (6) Copper Clawed (4) Copper Clawed (3)And the first pretty page in my sketchbook (will upload some more images of the other pages soon).DSC_0060I’ve also been working on some knot-work for the main elements of the jewellery collection… all will be revealed soon.DSC_0046 DSC_0047 DSC_0059

Stay tuned…..

Chloe out.

Introductions to the Past: Untitled (Out of Nature)

Untitled (Out of Nature) was put in motion on the first day of art class in my final year of school. Our task: create an installation. I had never made an installation in my life, i had barely done anything in three dimensions. But that didn’t stop me from being excited.

My inspiration for this project was drawn from a photograph i had taken on my summer holiday that year, a simple photo of a quirky way a shop owner in Corfu had decided to make his sign stand out:

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Our topic for this year was “Openings” and from there is where i took all my flowers, flowers are a perfect representation of openings. But for this installation i kind of wanted to turn that on it’s head. Instead of having my flowers living in the bagged water like on the sign, i wanted to truly remove them from their natural setting and preserve them. Remove their life, remove their openings.

I sealed the flowers up by firstly dipping them into molten wax and coating them over and over and then i strung them up fully inside the plastic water filled bags. I brought the idea of preservation out further by attaching labels with the flowers scientific names written on them.

That was when this piece was given it’s title.

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After having my plastic bags hanging above me for a few weeks, i came across this piece by Christine Borland “Spirit Collection: Hippocrates”

And i wanted to alter my piece.

I kept the waxed flowers but took them out of their bags and placed them in hanging jars instead.

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It was an interesting experimentation but i still think i prefer the bags.

 

I’d like to bring this project into the light and do something with it in the future. It was a great first installation, it was what led me to really get into the world of installations and it helped me realize how much i loved making things with my hands. One day, i’ll do more with it, for now i just thought i’d dust it off and share it with you.

What do you think of the work?

Chloe out.