Thought i would take a break from all my drawing and share some of it with you.

There are three main characters in my story (the one i’m basing this project on!): a slug, a tree and a crow, and at the moment i’m focusing on some sluggy drawings.

Here’s what i’ve got so far:

Drawings (7)


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Drawings (24)



Now, i must get back to my drawings!

Once i’ve filled up my little sketchbook, i’m gonna be planning out my designs and then finally get onto the making :) Might be a busy few weeks but i’ll update ya’ll here and there with my progress!

Chloe out.

NESTA Part 4 – In It For The Long Haul

In the previous parts i defined what my business was and how it was going to take shape now i’m working on how to get my business out to my customers.

First i’ll be looking into marketing.

The best way to illustrate this is to watch this wonderful TED talk from Simon Sinek:


“People don’t buy what you do they buy why you do it.”


So to start myself off with this i’ve re-highlighted what my top values are:





Good, high-quality art and design.


“Marketing is the management process responsible for identifying, anticipating and satisfying customer requirements profitably.”

The 7Ps of Marketing – The keys of how to make it work.

1 Product
2 Place
3 Price
4 Promotion
5 People
6 Process
7 Physical Environment

Makes it all sounds rather dry and boring… but nevertheless important to consider. I could go into all of this a whole lot more…. but i wouldn’t be adding much new into the pot, if you’re interested just google marketing and swim through the masses of information. In time i’ll be able to tell what works well for me and what doesn’t, but at the moment i’m just testing the waters!

I generally think marketing comes into business on an individual basis, ie. for each of my collections it will be different. Obviously there be an overlap of the main channels of marketing that i use for marketing, eg. social media, press releases, etc.


“People don’t buy what you do they buy why you do it.” i’ll just remember to keep this in mind and i should be fine!

And will also need to remember that without customers i just have an expensive hobby!


Now off to write my business plan proposal…. eeek! Wish me luck!

Chloe out.

The Giroginoshow and Friends

Last time i saw ya’ll i was in the middle of cutting up plastic animals and sticking them back together!

Now i have a small collection of plastic toy animal jewellery!

Wanna see them?!

Barbie Circus (1) Barbie Circus

Captured. Escaped (1) Captured. Escaped.

Captured. Escaped (3)

Captured. Escaped (4)

Captured. Escaped (5)

Captured. Escaped (6)

Captured. Escaped (7)

Captured. Escaped (8)

Cat's Eye (1) Cat’s Eye

Dressed Cat Dressed Cat

Jurassic Bling (1) Jurassic Bling

Jurassic Bling (3)


Strung Up (1) Strung Up

Strung Up (2)


The Giroginoshow and Friends (1) The Giroginoshow and Friends

The Giroginoshow and Friends (The Giroginoshow) The Giroginoshow and Friends (The Giroginoshow)

The Giroginoshow and Friends (The Rhigerogephant) The Giroginoshow and Friends (The Rhigerogephant)

The Giroginoshow and Friends (The Dogeepowig) The Giroginoshow and Friends (The Dogeepowig)

The Giroginoshow and Friends (The Zeboatatog) The Giroginoshow and Friends (The Zeboatatog)

The Giroginoshow and Friends (The Deebragiroat) The Giroginoshow and Friends (The Deebragiroat)

The Giroginoshow and Friends (The Cowowhinoippo) The Giroginoshow and Friends (The Cowowhinoippo)



So, what do ya’ll think?!

Domestic Paradise Mood Board


But i’m not finished playing with my toys! I had fun making the pieces in this project, in the summer i think i’ll chill out by making myself some more toy jewellery…. maybe even popping some up on my website so ya’ll can have some fun with toy jewellery too ><

Chloe out.

Stitches and mutilations.

I’ve started playing with my animals!

It is so much fun just having an opportunity to play with materials without having to think about it; making for making. I love a good play!

Enjoy some photos of my playtime so far:

Working (1)


Working (2)


Working (3)


Working (4)


Working (5)


Working (6)


Toolbox provides handy dinosaur drying station!

Working (14)

Working (7)


Working (8)


Working (9)


Working (11)


Working (10)


Will update you tomorrow with photos of the finished bits and pieces i’ve made!

Chloe out.

Playing with animals.

Read my previous post first and this one will make more sense!

I’ve managed to collect myself a bunch of plastic animals (as well as some other random bits and pieces!) so that is where my focus will lie when playing with materials throughout this project.


To get the inspiration flowing i’ve trawled through teh internetz to find some toy jewellery:

Felieke Van Der Leest







Sari Liimatta







Carmen Lozar



Various unknown artists















Check out my pinterest board for images: Toy Jewellery




I’m excited to get playing!


Chloe out.

Domestic Paradise “Dead or Alive”

Over the next three days we are doing a random mini project:


So basically: collecting “domestic” objects – playing – making sample pieces = a greater understanding of the upcycling movement and a chance to connect with object driven jewellery.

I’m excited!

So, first things first; a little artist research to get me started.

David Clarke


I quite like his work. These manipulate “antique” style objects have a certain charm which is rather appealing. They remind me of home; in my parent’s house we have little silver and other odd domestic style objects that have no other purpose than to sit on our shelves and look pretty. So, these David Clarke pieces are quite beautiful and would make a quirkier edition to our shelves and an alternative to the norm.



However, saying that, i look at the piece below and just don’t get it. I agree more with some of his critics. An obvious destruction of silver for no other apparent reason than destruction, to me it just seems wasteful and opposite of what i think of as art.


Bernhard Schobinger

I have looked and considered but am left feeling slightly uninspired by his work… sorry Bernhard!




Natalie Smith

Ooo i have discovered a little jewellery love in Natalie’s work. I guess with my obvious candy love affair (ie. having a candy cupcake lady for a mother!)  i was destined to love this work! The pieces seem like objects brought back from an alien landscape, or somewhere strange under the sea and reading Natalie’s profile it says that she is influenced by science fiction. The colours are beautiful, but the sculptural shapes and visible textures within the works are what draw me in. I want to see this jewellery displayed on naked models, i feel that the work would look even more glorious set against the soft suppleness of flesh.





Anne Finlay

Although the aesthetic style of her work is not really my style,  i do like the technique style she has used and i think to achieve such pieces with paper is design to be admired.




Yasuki Hiramatsu

“‘My aim is to create forms with force and grace, which are built to bring the potential innate in materials into full play.’” a rather fine goal to have! Yasuki’s work is beautiful, and i can feel the sense of play within it; to me, his jewellery looks like the little things we fiddle with in our every day life, it is as though he has taken bits of candy foil, ribbon, crumpled paper and solidified them into precious adornments.





Simone Ten Hompel

Although i appreciate the workmanship, and the beauty in the apparent tactility and functional quality of this work i find it a little boring and not to my taste… sorry Simone!





Well, that was an interesting look into jewellers and makers delving into the domestic world…. now it’s my turn! I think i’m going to explore and play with toys for this project. I’ve dipped into that before, but only briefly and i haven’t gotten all i can out of it yet so it’s going to a be a fun days!

Chloe out.