A twitterview with Cynthia von Buhler

A twitterview with Cynthia Von Buhler

@ChloeHenderson9: @CynthVonBuhler as a beautiful storyteller and illustrator, can I twitterview you about language and literature in our world today?

@CynthVonBuhlerSure

@ChloeHenderson9: great! do you have time to talk now or should I come back later?

@CynthVonBuhlerlet me make coffee. 12:30?

@ChloeHenderson9: of course. I’m UK, when is 12:30?! haha!

@CynthVonBuhlerLet’s start in 15 minutes.

@ChloeHenderson9: see you in 15, enjoy your coffee :)

@CynthVonBuhlerShould we invite our twitter followers to participate?

@ChloeHenderson9: yeah, that would be great! I have 5 questions, everybodies and anybodies insights would be wonderful.

A twitterview from me to @CynthVonBuhler about literature and language… who has a clever hash tag name?!

@CynthVonBuhlerI’m here and ready

@ChloeHenderson9: I’m excited! Do we have a hashtag yet…?

@CynthVonBuhlerAsk me questions. Anything. Use #cvbinterview

@ChloeHenderson9: Listen up everybody awake on twitter! Comment on my twitterview with @CynthVonBuhler using #cvbinterview and add your insights :)

Question one: an easy little self-indulgence to start with, what is your favourite word(s) and why?

@CynthVonBuhlerMy favorite word is “archipelago.” It flows like music off your tongue.

@ChloeHenderson9: Love it. How would you describe the importance of reading and writing in our everyday lives?

@CynthVonBuhlerCrucial to understanding human nature

Reading helps humans understand each other and the world we live in.

Don’t forget the #cvbinterview

@ChloeHenderson9: oh noes! I’ve totally been forgetting that! It’s hard to fit it all in 140 charcters!

What do you think the effects of the internet (twitter, blogging, etc.) are on our literature and our literacy?

@CynthVonBuhlerTwitter allows us to have a dialogue with authors we admire. That was never possible before.

Twitter also forces us to get to the point.

@ChloeHenderson9: just like I’m doing now :)

@CynthVonBuhlerEXACTLY

@ChloeHenderson9: Where do you think the value of storytelling sits in our modern world?

@CynthVonBuhlerAs a child I saw a film where a donkey w/huge ears was trying to reach an “archipelago.” 1st time I heard it.

Storytelling sit right here in my lap.

@ChloeHenderson9: do you mourn the loss of the handwritten letter? Or prefer instant digital respones? Or do you still write?

@CynthVonBuhlerI miss the smell and feel of handwritten letters. I’ve started to frame some of my favorite letters.

I used to run to the mailbox to connect with the world. Now I have the world in my hand.

@ChloeHenderson9: I’ll have to write you a letter so you can run back out to your mailbox and smell it!

@CynthVonBuhlerI’d love that.

I wish email had the new mail smell. Someday?

@ChloeHenderson9: now that is an invention! Somebody needs to get on that….

it’s interesting that you consider the internet to be the whole world?

@CynthVonBuhlerIt’s the same world that would have sent me a letter.

Someday it will be the whole world. We’ll be chipped at birth.

@ChloeHenderson9: Last question. If there was one book/poem/tweet/song/etc. that you think the whole world should read, what would it be?

@CynthVonBuhlerMy existential answer Is That All There Is? by Peggy Lee. My positive answer is…

…the dictionary. Write your own story, poem or song. Everyone has an important story to tell.

@ChloeHenderson9: Thank you very much @CynthVonBuhler for letting my twitterview you. Your insights were beautiful.

I love being able to connect with incredibly talented people, such as yourself @CynthVonBuhler so thank you twitter!

And thank you to all the insights in the #cvbinterview please continue to add them.

@CynthVonBuhlerThank you.

Before you leave…what is your favorite word? @ChloeHenderson9

@ChloeHenderson9: I’m not used to answering the questions!

iridescent I think. I love the way it sounds, so delicate, like it will just fly away.

@CynthVonBuhlerIridescent is a lovely word. You should go here to swim in iridescent water. I did. http://www.biobay.com/
@ChloeHenderson9: wow! That looks amazing. I really wanna go!
@CynthVonBuhler& my followers for a delightful group interview. You can read it here: #cvbinterview

I have to go swim in an “archipelago.” Feel welcome to keep the favorite words coming. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archipelago

Thank you very much Cynthia Von Buhler for letting my twitterview you about all things wordy. It was wonderful. For anybody who doesn’t know who Cynthia is then you must check her out, she is a very talented artist, storyteller and general creative woman: check her out! and follow her on twitter @CynthVonBuhler

 

 

Responses from the hashtag #cvbinterview

on what is your favorite word(s) and why:

@ajaxrayovac: my favorite word surprisingly has more than four letters :) pal ajax

@DJTightyWhitey: I’m partial to “gammaglobulin”, myself.

@Stinkerbelle74: Riboflavin! is super fun to say, IMO…it’s just a B vitamin, but I like saying it like a Superhero’s name

@onlyguyatzumba: Sesquipedalian or loquaciousness

@VicMaundrell: Mine is Shellac! Say it over n over:-) 2nd favorite is Punjab. Its fun to say!

Thank you very much to everybody who commented and shared their insights, I really appreciate it. If you wanna comment on the Cynthia Von Buhler twitterview then get onto twitter and use the #cvbinterview or if you would like to be twitterviewed by me or want to suggest someone for me to tweet with head over here.

Chloe out.

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Summary of Border Crossings Project 2/Figuring out what I actually did!

And now project two is over! Oh my, time just runs away doesn’t it?

If you have read some of my previous posts you’ll know that this module is called Border Crossings and we have been looking at identity. In project one it was all about self-identity and drawing. I looked at text, words, music, poetry, blogging, storytelling, books, twittering and everything else wordy that I love and produced a small series of drawings on that along with some contextual research, you can see the outcomes here.

For project two, I continued with the theme of all things wordy but looked at it as the culture of literature and language.

I wanted to figure out a way to create a piece (or a line) of jewellery that captured how we (as humanity, and not necessarily as Scots (my culture) or on a wider scale as Brits) feel about words, storytelling, literacy, language, etc. etc.

Through a little bit of research and my series of twitterviews (which I am still conducting if you want to be involved, just click on twitterview and you can find out how to) I have discovered just how much we really value all things wordy.

I presented my work into four main boards, which represents four of the ideas that I was looking at.

 

Board 1

This board focused on the illustrative avenues of storytelling that I’ve been engaged in forever. I’ve always loved translating text into images. As the bottom part explains, it goes from the inspiration (story, poem, song, tweet, etc.) to a drawing, to a design, into a sample and then eventually into a finished piece of jewellery. I’ve been looking at illustrators as well as jewellers for this idea. I love storytelling. Sometime I can’t always get the words out but I can draw you a picture. I probably can’t tell you just how much I loved PJ Harvey’s To Bring You My Love but looking at the images above can you tell now?

I think this is the idea that I am going to pursue and continue with because I have enjoyed it the most and I’m really getting into it.

As our next project is looking at another culture (for us it is Ljubljana in Slovenia), I’m going to try and figure out what the wordy culture is over there and perhaps take a piece of Slovenian text, translate it and convert it into an image and then a brooch……. that is my plan at the moment anyway….. it may change! I’m an artist and a woman. Yeah, I change my mind all the time.

 

Board 2

This board was looking at the concept of instant jewellery. As you may be able to tell with My Thought For The Day Blog I really like doodling all over myself! so this idea came pretty naturally. I like the idea that anybody can create jewellery, and with these kinds of ideas you could do it anywhere, anytime and all it takes is a spark of creativity. I’m sure some of you already doodle all over yourselves already and don’t really need me to package you up a pen but I can see myself working on this idea in the future (if not with this project) and trying to come up with something a little bit different……..

 

Board 3

This board was generated with my experimentation of how to include text in jewellery. As you can see I went wiry! There are quite a lot of ways to add text into jewellery and I experimented with a few of them: acid etching, cut out metal, inclusions in resin and wire! The wire bends wonderfully to the needs of the text, but some words/letters work out better than others. w is great r is a pain in the arse as is a, actually arse would be a pain in the arse to bend in wire! I think I have got all I wanted out of this technique. I may bring it back later on but for now I think I’ve done enough with it.

The In My Mind brooch (third image down), combined the wire skills with some hand-sawn metal that was looking at the removal of text and the shapes of bulks of words in order to add a value to the missing words. I quite like how it worked out and I think I may pursue the idea of removing text/including text in unobvious places and in ways that add something to the overall feel of the words.

 

Board 4

This board has no samples nor is it a fully formed idea. It kind of snuck up on me last minute and begged me to feature it, which I did happily but also unhappily as I didn’t really know what I was trying to feature. The basic idea is looking at a book as art and trying to add a value to the words inside. Whereas the examples that I have looked at (right side of the board) all look at booky art, my piece would most likely be separate from the actual book and would focus a great deal on the actual words themselves, to try and increase their value.

In the end I will probably not use this idea because it is a little ghostly and I can’t quite grab at it, I am only seeing the edges; it needs a few years to form in my mind and jump out at me!n However I may use book art as a way of presenting my final piece.

 

As ever, your comments and thoughts would be greatly greatly appreciated.

And now it is onto project three!!!

 

Chloe out.

A twitterview with Morven Bell

A twitterview with Morven Bell

@ChloeHenderson9: @Morven_B as my bezzie and someone who’s insights I value, can I twitterview you about literature and language in our world today?

@Morven_B: yeah sure xxx

@ChloeHenderson9: do you have time to talk now or should I come back later?

@Morven_B: can talk now x

@ChloeHenderson9: great! An easy, little self-indulgence to start with: what is your favourite word(s), and why?

@Morven_B: Eh I like the word cosy, it’s a lovely word that best describes the feeling of being so comfortable.

@ChloeHenderson9: How would you describe the importance of reading and writing in our everyday lives?

@Morven_B: I think reading is important for today, you need to be able to read for social networking etc so it’s always important

@Morven_B: writing in the sense of pen and paper or literature?

@ChloeHenderson9: both!

@Morven_B: both are important, writing is art in a sense and so it shouldn’t die, and literature will always be important to…

@Morven_B…let people escape, learn, dream

@ChloeHenderson9: What do you think the effects of the internet (twitter,blogging, etc.) are on our literacy and our literature?

@Morven_B: I think they are keeping it alive, although I think more needs to be done to stop text language leaking off the Internet..

 

@ChloeHenderson9: Do you mourn the loss of the handwritten letter? Or do you like instant digitial responses? Or do you still write letters?

@Morven_B: still write letters, love it, receiving a letter is so precious to me, I feel it’s more personal than anything in the world

@ChloeHenderson9: i’ll have to write you a letter then!

@ChloeHenderson9: Where do you think the value of words, storytelling and all of that beauty sits in our modern world?

@Morven_B: it has huge value, when you are a child stories are how you learn and create your own view of the world…

@Morven_B: I don’t think you ever lose that feeling, words leads to talking which leads to socialising, all important :-)

@ChloeHenderson9: One last little self-indulgence: if there was one book/poem/song/tweet that you think everybody should read, what would it be?

@Morven_B:the book the lovely bones so much better than the film and such a beautiful story :-)

@ChloeHenderson9: thank you very much beautiful crazy girl for letting me twitterview you and gain a little of your insights :)

 

Morven Bell is one of my oldest, bestest, most awesomely awesomest friend and I am honored to gain a little insight into her opinions so thank you sweetie for letting me twitterview you :) Follow my lovely on twitter at @Morven_B

 

Chloe out.

Edinburgh Zoo – An ethnographic study (part 2)

This is my third post for assignment 3. I you haven’t already, head back to Edinburgh Zoo – An ethnographic study (part 1)

 

 

“Watch people watching the animals”

I could go out into a universe full of chairs and discover all the different varieties of chairs that there are, I could see how they are put together, how you can structure them in different ways, what they look like in different colours, what materials they can be made out of and that would make me an expert chairs. But that is only half of my research. As a designer, I am not designing a chair because I know everything about the mechanics and the aesthetics of a chair but because I want that chair to be used by a person. I am designing for people and therefore I must study people. If I have no idea what people want to get out of my chair then there isn’t much point designing it if it isn’t what people desire.

 

This trip to the zoo was all about gaining insight into human nature, but not just studying humanity; studying humanity and relating it back to my jewellery.

It took me a while to grasp that idea.

I would observe children climbing up on walls and railings and notice as their parents yelled at them to get down and think why should I care about this? how does this have anything to do with my jewellery? with my design process?

So, I thought about that observation with a different perspective; I looked at it as a problem I could solve.

Firstly, I asked myself if it was a problem?

Yes. The adults are not having as a good a time as they could because they have to shout at their kids and are therefore placed in a state of distress and the children could potentially hurt themselves + it probably wasn’t making the animals any happier.

Could I develop a piece of jewellery to aid in this problem?

No.

But could I design something to help?

Yes.

One solution could be, not just adding a step for children, but incorporating themes of the enclosure in with the stair. This idea, doesn’t just ensure the children are safer and enable peace of mind for the parents, it also encourages a greater interest in the animals (which is beneficial for the zoo as well as the patrons) for the children and increases learning capabilities. Example, for the tiger enclosure: add tiger markings and a tail, with tiger paw impressions for mummy, daddy and baby tigers, and little facts about the development of a tiger up the side, etc.

With that in mind I was able to observe little interactions within the zoo and think “I could come up with a design for that observation” and with that knowledge this became a greater learning experience. Although I wasn’t designing anything for the zoo, I was increasing my snooping skills and thinking about ways that I could apply what I had learned to my own practice and how I could use these skills in the future when I am solving problems.

 

 

Aspects of humanity that I observed while watching people watching the animals at the zoo:

The demographics of the zoo on the day that we visited were mainly (art students!) either, couples or families with young children. I would have expected a lot more children, but it was a school day that we visited on, so older children were at school and if we did see older kids they were on a school trip.

The zoo is a family friendly environment for a day out and it didn’t suprise me that it was families that were the main patrons.

Why do zoos attract families?

A place to stimulate their children, engage their interest in something new, an activity that parent (and sometimes grandparents, and other family members or groups of multiple families) and child can enjoy, exercise, learning, the zoo is advertised in ways that are appealing to children and therefore to adults, there are playparks, gift shops, interactive teaching media and talks from keepers as well as the obvious attraction towards the animals.

But I mentioned there were also a lot of couples (old and young) without children. Which corresponds with my view of the zoo appealing to both children and adults. I can only recall seeing one person by themselves; but he was taking photographs on an expensive looking photographer which lead me to believe he was there with a purpose. This indicates that the zoo is a social experience.

So, in theory the zoo is a good way to spend a day regardless of age or gender. There is something that appeals to everybody. Nobody detests animals enough not to enjoy a visit to the zoo. And, even people who may not agree with zoos can enjoy themselves. We had a conversation around cruelty and how the animals are treated at the zoo and there seemed to be two trains of thought: 1. the animals are caged therefore it is wrong, and yeah I do agree with that but 2. they are given mostly everything they would have in the wild and the zoo is doing a load of great conservation work and actually protecting most of these animals, in some cases (like one of the gorgeous white birds that name escapes me right now) a few species of animals that are in the zoo no longer exist in the wild (okay, so that is out fault in the first place, but at least we are doing something to protect the species). This ethical dilemma is a whole other blog post… however it leads to an observational point. Adults with children, and the kids themselves, would see all the positives and with them everything was based on fun and excitement. Adults without children and couples tended to discuss more than just facts about the animals, but about the enclosure and how they saw the animals. It was disheartening to watching the graceful big cats pacing and reduced to amusements but at the same time I personally love the zoo, having an opportunity to observe animals that I otherwise wouldn’t. Does that make me a bad person? Hypocritical? Maybe.

I’ve strayed from my point which was…… the zoo is a good day out for any gender or age group.

But what about class divides?

The zoo is an expensive day out. I would suggest, based on my observations of the clothing (which was all casual – nobody dresses up in fancy/expensive clothing to visit a zoo – and therefore made a little harder to distinguish wealth) and personal items the zoo patrons had, that it was mostly visited by working and middle class families. The zoo is a treat for any class of family, and therefore money is expected to be sent whether you make it cheaper by using family deals and packing your own lunch or not.

Unlike Bourdieu’s suggestion that it is people who are less culturally aware who don’t go to museums or galleries, everybody can feel comfortable in the zoo. “design and structure of capital institutions tend to exclude people who do not have the appropriate background or capital, and that they perform this exclusion while giving the appearance of being available to everyone. Working class people tend not to go to these places. Bourdieu, suggests because they are unsure of how to behave and the institutions do not make themselves user-friendly”*1 This didn’t exist at the zoo (or if it did, it was to a lesser and much less noticeable extent).

However, like at a museum or gallery (or for that matter in the majority of social settings and places) there are:

Unwritten RULES at the Zoo

1. If you stand right at the front of a busy enclosure for too long, while there are people waiting behind you, you must move away quickly as it is rude not too.

2. Children are given right of way and are allowed to push in front of anybody.

3. You do not touch, tap or bang on the glass/fencing/cage/etc.

4. If there are people, you don’t know, sitting around a picnic bench (even if there are no spares) you do not sit next to them. Same applies to any bench/seat, you must sit as far away from other people as possible.

5. Flashing cameras are gawdy and rude. Not to mention startling for the animals.

Some of these rules cross into other settings but were the main ones that I picked up on at the zoo.

Families and children are interesting to watch. Children don’t yet have a full understanding of social skills, and are therefore interesting to observe in contrast to adults and those without children because the behavior is very different.

Children run around and move quickly, everything in their skipping and jumping around suggests total delight in their surroundings whereas adults are much more conventional and walk with an air of calm (when the children are behaving) and serenity, the glee is less noticeable, the child within is only glimpsed at in the smiles dancing across their lips.

One thing that was clear of every person, old or young, was that the general atmosphere was reflected from the animals being observed. At the monkey enclosure people were more excited and loud because the monkeys were jumping and around and crying out,whereas at the flamingo/bird enclosures people were more reserved because the animals weren’t moving or making any noise.

It was beautiful watching parents trying to engage their children in the learning side of the zoo, talking to them about the animals and telling them easy facts; trying to nurture an interest in something.

Similarly adults without children and couple would often talk about the more factual sides of the zoo, relaying little bits and pieces of information to each other, sharing their knowledge, teaching each other.

On the whole it was adults without children who would read the signs and the information written about the animals. They had more time, without the pressure of entertaining a child, to read and absorb the information. Some adults however would read the information to their children, but as most of the kids were young they tended to keep their teaching more simple and in a language/way that their child would understand and were drawn into.

One thing that did surprise me was the adults who did not talk to their children about the animals or try to teach them anything. Some adults would position their children in front of the exhibit and when the kids attention was sufficiently caught by the animals the adults would step back a little and talk among themselves. I guess, in that respect, some adults need some down time for themselves away from their children and to socialize with their own peer group. Not having a child, I found it strange that parents wouldn’t devote their time to teaching their children or spending quality time with them.

When drawing closer to the enclosures people’s voices did lower slightly. Especially adults, was this out of respect for the animals? Although children tended to be louder, I did notice a group of children whispering around the big cats, out of respect? fear? excitement?

People would also move with the animals. When one of the little marmosets was following a pink camera held by one couple they moved back and forth in front of the glass mimicking the little creature as it moved. The observation glass where you could watch penguins swimming in the water was immense interest to everybody that passed it, especially children.

There is a glimpse into a world, underwater, that humans aren’t usually gained an insight into and watching the penguins dart in and out of the murky blue waters was of great fascination. There was a lot of “Mummy! Mummy! Look! Look! Look at that one! And that one! And there’s another one! Mummy look!” And when animals moved with people, looked at someone or interacted with people in some way then it was custom to speak to the animal. Coo at it. Say hello. And tell them how beautiful they were.

There was a beautiful little piece of observation that I picked on on around the penguins enclosure. I overheard one little girl talking to her mother about the penguins:

“Mum, mum look! Why do the penguins wear jewellery? I want a bracelet just like that penguin. Look, that one. Can I please get a bracelet just like that penguin?”

As an adult we can see the “bracelet” that the penguin is wearing as an identity tag for the zoo but a child sees a penguin accessory. Although I did find this quite beautiful, there is a potential market there: children seeing a “bracelet” around the wing of a penguin, interacting with the animal and developing a sense of attachment, will be swayed into wanting to appear like the animal… so, have a stall of “Penguin Bracelets” available for purchase beside the penguin enclosure. Simple plastic bands, in various colours, maybe with a fact about a penguin on it and a little penguin charm. And obviously this wouldn’t need to be specific to the penguins, there could be one for each animal enclosure: market them cheaply and advertise as a collection.

 

Animals that moved a lot or displayed signs of interaction drew crowds and people stayed longer watching them, whereas animals that were not interested or hiding were deemed “boring” and people moved on quickly from such enclosures.

Crowds drew in crowds. If there was a group of people clustered around an enclosure then passing people would be more likely to investigate the enclosure. A gathering of people indicated that there was something of interest in that area and other people flocked to that area as there is a perceived notion of something exciting. We walked up to the sun bear enclosure because there was a large group of people gathered at the glass area, and then the more astute people walked to the outer part of the enclosure as the keepers threw food for the bears; the people moved with the bears. We moved with the bears. We moved with the people. Mob mentality.

 

 

Another interesting observation experience was visiting the panda enclosure.

As you are guided through the enclosure in groups our design class was all grouped together. Unfortuneatley Sunshine was ill and his window was closed off, so we were all tightly clustered around Sweetie’s window.

I, like the rest of my class, was more interested in the panda than taking notes. But there was some notable observations from the encounter. As we are all of a learning/educational type and old enough to appreciate such things we all listened to the very enthusiastic zookeeper talk about the pandas and tell us facts about the two animals.There was a lot of excited chatter filling the small room and oooing and ahhing at sweetie, noise and movement among the crowd increased as Sweetie moved; although she was asleep (which is how pandas spend the majority of their day) she occasionally moved position and every person was excited by this! and there was a great mass of camera shutters clicking as she turned over or yawned. Even Johnathon was excited!

There was one design flaw that I picked up on immediately in this enclosure. As it was a relatively dark room, and made of glass, the t.v screens that displayed information about the journeys of the two pandas reflected onto the window and depending on where you stood made it really hard to either see the panda or get a good photograph of them….. Sort it out!

It was interesting watching people similar to myself interact with Sweetie and made for a captivating event.

(for more cute animal photographs head over to my other Zoo blog)

 

It was a really interesting and informative day. I will use these skills in the future. It’s always useful to have a problem solving mind and to be able to study aspects of humanity, if for othing else than to grasp at insights into the reality that we live in. And, well, I got see a real panda and some gorgeous animals in the dreary Scottish weather!

 

This doesn’t really have anything to do with this assignment, but I think it’s brilliant!

 

*1 Understanding Bourdieu by Webb, Schirato and Danaher

 

Chloe out.

 

Following from this post is Mecca Bingo – an ethnographic study

My first ever proper brooch fitting. Texty resin samples. Zeitgeist.

I made my first ever proper brooch fitting today :) and yes I am very proud of myself *smug face*

And now I’m gonna teach you how to make it!

Firstly you will need your brooch piece (for me it is just a plain piece of sheet copper as a practice brooch). For this fitting you will also need a little bit of copper wire (relatively thick makes it more sturdy and durable, but it’s your call), a piece of copper tube (about 1.5cm long and 0.9mm diameter) and a length of steel wire (if your tubing is o.9mm then the steel should be the size below, so in this case o.8mm also, cut it long enough to reach from one end of your brooch piece to the other).

Using round-nose plyers curl both ends of the copper wire into a kind of butterfly wing shape shown above. Ensure there is enough space left for the steel wire/pin part to slot in and out of the copper wire as this is your pin catch.

At this point you will also want to make sure you have your cut piece of tube ready.

Anneal and clean your metal.

Mark out a small line at one end, this will be where your piece of tube will sit. With a scorper make two little scrapes of the copper to allow the tube to sit in place. Solder your piece of tube onto your brooch (the trick to soldering this part of the brooch is to ensure the solder runs right to both ends of the tube).

Anneal and clean your metal before moving onto the pin catch.

Attaching the pin catch is slightly different from soldering on the tube. Again, make a mark with a pen at the opposite end of your brooch, ensuring it is in line with the tube. You don’t need to make a mark with the scorper this time. Use plyers (not your good ones!) to hold the piece of copper wire, heat up the flux on the wire and the brooch and the solder (which should be placed on the brooch) right up until the solder starts to take and just at that moment place your piece of copper wire onto the solder. This should allow you to attach your pin catch without the copper wire melting.

Anneal and clean your metal (even if the heated pattern is as beautiful as this).

Cut your steel wire to the size of your pin. Thread it through the tube. Fold each end over the ends of the tube so it meets the catch in the middle (don’t worry if the ends are odd sizes, either trim them down or leave it as a quirk of the brooch). To finish off your brooch fitting, sharpen the ends of the steel wire to a point, enough to pierce clothing but not too sharp.

And you’re finished!

 TA-DA!

I finished off my wee sample by using a flux patina and adding a piece of verdigris copper wire that was formed into my name, ie. a fancy name tag!

Today I also de-moulded my texty resin samples, wanna see?

The cubes worked better than the strips. I’m not sure why the strips are all air bubbly. It kinda ruins them…. :( I might just say they are supposed to be like that!

I came across this clip of Zen Zen Zo’s Zeitgeist performance when they were supporting Amanda Palmer in Edinburgh at the Fringe a few years ago. I was there. It was awesome! I went to their show during the festival and it was just beautiful. I hope they come back to the Fringe at some point…. I have a thirst for more.

Chloe out.

To Bring You My Love brooch sample

 This sample started it’s life as a PJ Harvey song:

PJ Harvey – To Bring You My Love

“I was born in the desert
I been down for years
Jesus, come closer
I think my time is near

And I’ve traveled over
Dry earth and floods
Hell and high water
To bring you my love

Climbed over mountains
Travelled the sea
Cast down off heaven
Cast down on my knees
I’ve laid with the devil
Cursed god above
Forsaken heaven
To bring you my love

To bring you my love
To bring you my love
To bring you my love

I know he’s gonna be here
He know he’s gonna be here
Yeah alright

Forsaken heaven
Cursed god above
Lay with the devil
Bring you my love

To bring you my love
To bring you my love
To bring you my love”

Beautiful live recording of To Bring You My Love

Which I turned into a drawing.

And then the drawing became more of a 3 dimensional jewellery design.

This design was a sample piece that was based on my study into illustrative/storytelling jewellery. I have, forever, translated how I saw various pieces of text, whether that is a song, a poem, a tweet, a story, a line in a story, a word, a phrase or any other wordiness, into images and I really love doing it. So combining my love for visual storytelling into wearable art has been really enjoyable and fun for me to experiment with.

This PJ Harvey sample is my representation of how I see the song.

What do you think of this sample?

Chloe out.

In My Mind brooch samples

This brooch sample idea thingy started it’s life as an Amanda Palmer song:

Amanda Palmer In My Mind

“In my mind
In a future five years from now
I’m a hundred and twenty pounds
And I never get hungover

Because I
Will be the picture of discipline
Never minding what state I’m in
And I will be someone I admire

And it’s funny how I imagined
That I would be that person now
But it does not seem to have happened
Maybe I’ve just forgotten how
To see
That I’m not exactly the person that I thought I’d be.

And in my mind
In the far-away here-and-now
I’ve become in-control somehow
And I never lose my wallet

Because I
Will be the picture of discipline
Never fucking-up anything
And I’ll be a good defensive driver

And it’s funny how I imagined
That I would be that person now
But it does not seem to have happened
Maybe I’ve just forgotten how
To see
That I’ll never be the person that I thought I’d be.

And in my mind
When I’m old I am beautiful,
Planting tulips and vegetables
Which I will mindfully watch over

Not like me now
I’m so busy with everything
That I don’t look at anything
But I’m sure I’ll look when I am older

And it’s funny how I imagined
That I could be that person now
That that’s not what I want
But that’s what I wanted
That I’d be giving up somehow
How strange to see
That I don’t want to be the person that I want to be.

And in my mind
I imagine so many things
Things that aren’t really happening
And when they put me in the ground

I’ll start pounding the lid,
Saying, “I haven’t finished yet,
I still have a tattoo to get,
It says, ‘I’m living in the moment'”.

And it’s funny how I imagined
That I could win this win-less fight
Maybe it isn’t all that funny
That I’ve been fighting all my life
But maybe I have to think it’s funny
If I want to live before I die
And maybe it’s funniest of all
To think I’ll die before I actually
See
That I am exactly the person that I want to be.

Fuck yes.

I am exactly the person that I want to be.”

Amanda Palmer In My Mind music video

Which I developed into a set of drawings.

The drawings focus on the removal and inclusion of text in ways that either add a mystery to the words that have been removed and therefore adding an increased sense of value onto them because they are no longer view-able or because the words are in the spaces/format that are not commonly dominated by writing norms it throws off the viewer and makes them really consider the words that have been manipulated.

They also look the forms and shapes of words as a grouping.

And the last image is a combination of the illustrative influences, that I have also looked at within the border crossings project, with the shapes of the words (and for those of you that don’t know her, it is a depiction of Amanda Palmer).

These images were taken away from an art context and transformed into more of a 3 dimensional jewellery design.

These designs then became my sample pieces.

In My Mind Brooch 1

In My Mind Brooch 2

In My Mind Brooch 3

What do you think of these sample pieces?

Chloe out.