Faery Wings sample sample sample!


Back to uni and back to work on Lexicon.

I’ve been up in the workshop for the past week or so, working my way through designs for Faery Wings. As i mentioned in my last post, i’ve decided to make earrings to depict the haiku. Well… i’ve moved on ever so slightly since then and have decided to make three earrings.

Why three? i hear you ask, well… because there are nine words in this haiku and the square root of nine is three, and a haiku is also a three-lined poem. Each earring will be different, they will match but they will not be the same. I like the idea of mis-matched jewellery, especially when there is a choice of which items to wear.

So, on to the samples………

Sample Bean Bean (1)Sample Bean Bean (2)Sample Bean EtchSample Bean Steel



I really like the bean-type wing shape. I looks wing’ed but quite subtly so. It will shine out wonderfully in silver and contrast well against the darker silver of the steel. It’s definitely going to feature in one of my earrings.

Sample Hooped Eyespots (1)Sample Hooped Eyespots (2)

Not a huge fan of the eyespots constructed in this form, they don’t do justice to the beauty of a wing, the form is too clunky. An interesting hoop shape for future designs, but for this story it is unfitting.

Sample Large Eyespot

This eyespot on the other hand is perfect. It’s huge, it fits in the palm of my hand perfectly. The etching like this and the circle will be a feature in one of my designs, but will have to be smaller and much lighter to become an earring.

Sample Moth


This shape was based on the closed wings of a moth… i’m not sure about it… it’s quite a rough sample but i think the shape of it works quite well with the steel. Not sure if it will feature in one of the designs, but i think i may experiment with it more.

Sample Tied Thin Wire


This piece is light and delicate, i think too delicate for a piece of jewellery, but i like the lightness of it. The shape is also very pleasing, and although the construction is a little indelicate it could make an apt example of the floating qualities of a wing.


For now, i still need to experiment and find the perfect forms and constructions… then i will move onto using silver and hope i have made the right choices.

Back to the workshop i fly……..

Chloe out.


DCA Bookbinding (Part 2/6)

This time i’ve got photos!!

If you remember from the last post, we were making long stitch bound books with a slotted wrapper cover. Well, this week we finished it! So, here is a mini-tutorial of what we did:

Last week we started the folding process. No photos of that, but it is simply a matter of folding up sections (or folios as they are otherwise known!) so they are all the same size! It was a little tricky and i’m wishing that i had a big guillotine in my home studio to neaten up the edges of my future books… but i guess i’ll just have to make sure my folding is REALLY precise! We made 8 folios, but you can make as many or as little as you want. A tip for making it easier: don’t make each section too thick/have too many individual pages as it will be too touch to hand pierce and ensure you have an even number of sections.

Long Stitch through Slotted Wrapper Cover (7)

Next step: piercing the sections.

The holes need to be measured out exactly. Measure your section from head to tail and divide the measurement by 5 exactly. Take a scrap of paper, fold it in half, and mark up the measurements in the fold.

These marks will give you a guide of where to pierce. Take a braddle (the wooden handled piercing tool pictured above) and pierce each of the holes all the way through. Repeat step for each section.

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Long Stitch through Slotted Wrapper Cover (9)

Next measure out a cover. Select a paper that is thicker and more sturdy than the pages of your sections. As we were in a print studio, we got to choose from beautiful printed scraps… and i naturally picked out something purple and pretty!

The cover needs to be able to fit all the way around your books, with a good deal of overlap for the slot binding… as you’ll see below the cover i picked wasn’t quite long enough for a slot binding… but i’m going to stitch a button into it instead!!

Also, the cover should fit snuggly over the sections. It should be almost identical in size from head to tail. As you’ll see below mind is slightly too big and the cover has buckled with the tight stitching. Next time i’ll measure out my cover with better precision!

Long Stitch through Slotted Wrapper Cover (10)

Take a section and measure it against the cover, then using a bone folder mark a crease in the cover. Then take all of your sections and measure them against the crease to form the centre of the spine. Mark another crease on the opposite side of your spine with bone folder.

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Four slits need to be made. Line up a section and mark out where the holes are. Take a braddle and make a hole in either side of the spine, just inside the line of the crease.

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Make the slits from hole to hole.

Now we’re ready to stitch!

The stitching process was kind of complicated to photograph…. but if you google “long stitch binding” there are lots of diagrams and tutorials that show you what to do!

I’ve just discovered Sea Lemon and her wonderful booky youtube tutorials and they are fantastic! If you’re into making booky things, definitely give her channel a wander through. Here is her one demonstrating the long stitch binding method:

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One great tip i can give with the stitching, is that every section will look different. As long as you follow the pattern of single stitches and double stitches (as pictured above and below) you’ll never go wrong!

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……… and TA-DAH!

The finished book:

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The cover is too large, as you can see the edges have buckled with the tight stitching… i now know what to do for next time!

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There are a couple of things i would do differently if i was to go back and make this book again… but that’s what learning is for and on the whole i’m pretty gloriously happy with how my first ever book has turned out!!

Now… what to fill it with?………

See you next time for a whole new book!

Chloe out.

DCA Bookbinding (Part 1/6)

Last Monday night i wandered along to the first day of the DCA Bookbinding course… and it was wonderful!

For those of you that don’t know, for my final year project at DJCAD, i’m focusing on telling stories through wearable art, and promoting and obsession with storytelling. Part of the way i’m achieving this is by (planning on) using artists’ books for each piece to tell the story to the viewer/wearer.

So… a course billed as:

Try a range of bookbinding techniques to create beautiful, professionally finished books and pamphlets using only the simplest of hand-tools. You may want to create a special gift or album. Individual projects catered for.

I just had to try it out!

The course is run in the little print studio, that’s tucked away behind the restaurant downstairs in the DCA, by Emma Fraser. Emma is a book conservator and a little background would go something like this…

BA (Hons) Fine Art from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, 1993.After graduation she worked as a volunteer at the Conservation Studio of theJohannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa.She completedher MA in Conservation at Camberwell College of Arts, London in 1997.During this time, Emma also attended bookbinding courses at London College of Printing . At the beginning of 1998 she started work as Book Conservator in the Conservation Studio at The Brenthurst Library, South Africa until March 2000 when she joined the Book & Paper Conservation Studio.She is a member of Icon and a former Regional Secretary of the Society of Bookbinders. Specialises in book conservation, photograph albums, and fine binding.

So we were in knowledgeable hands! and she did answer all my pestering studenty questions very patiently!

We started our first book! a long stitch through slotted wrapper cover binding!

…. but i forgot my camera, so you’ll have to wait until next time to see how i got on!

For now, here are some beautiful artists’ books that i aspire to:

See you for part 2…

Chloe out.


Part of my Lexicon project, and are inspired by my haiku “Faery Wings”

Crystalline flutters.
Cellophane stretched over small bones.
Luminescent shine.

Mix (1)Mix (2)Mother of Pearl (1)Mother of Pearl (2)Mother of Pearl (3)Mother of Pearl (5)

These photographs were taken during a chilly winter’s sunset, and the jewellery is set upon the frozen pond at the bottom of my garden. The lighting was so beautiful and i couldn’t think of a better medium than ice to display ideas of luminescence.

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They are available in either mother of pearl beading or opal. All metal within these pieces is sterling silver. The etching patterns and shape of wings vary for each item. The earrings are £42 and the necklaces are £48 and are all available on my etsy store:

Opal Earrings….. Opal Necklaces….. Mother of Pearl Earrings….. Mother of Pearl Necklaces

Chloe out.

Design Enterprise Report

Yesterday, at precisely 1:32pm, i handed in the final hand-bound copy of my design enterprise report….

Oh my! Relief and freak out until i get the results all mixed up into one bundle right there!! Going a little crazy because it’s worth a substantial percentage of my final degree marks… and i don’t get to find out how i did until May… but i’m pretty please with how it turned out. I think i’ve managed to cram in all the information i wanted, it has lots of analysis, lots of ideas, lots of imagery and it tells my story effectively… and it looks pretty!

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What do you think? Pretty?

Wanna know a little about what’s inside?

I won’t bore you with all the little details, nobody wants to read about finances (ugh maths) or the ins and outs of blue print models and swot analysis… blah blah blah!

Basically my report did just what it says on the back cover:

Using a variety of research methods this report outlines how to establish an Edinburgh based handmade jewellery brand centered on the essence of storytelling. Chloe Henderson believes storytelling is important and using the skills of jewellery making as a medium, a fan-fiction is created in a 3-dimensional, wearable form. This promotes a love of stories, it adds value and creates magic. Branding certifies Chloe Henderson as a non-fiction business, planning summarizes if the business will be able to run, market research tells of who will be interested and goals are set in place to make this fantasy a reality.

The prospect of starting  business based around storytelling excites me immensely! I can’t wait to get started!

The part of this report i enjoyed writing the most was the market research, because i got to figure out who was going to be interested in the work i’m creating.

Here is another little excerpt from my report on market research:

Looking beyond just the typical demographics of people who like buying and wearing jewellery is important for this business as Chloe Henderson creates niche items of jewellery and artwork for niche fanbases. Storytelling, love for words, love for novels, poetry, films, television shows, anime, etc. and an obsession with a multitude of fanbases is what makes the work created unique; and Chloe Henderson needs to reach out to the consumers who will be just as passionate about the work created as the creator is.

 The reason storytelling is so important to me is because I actually belong to these niche groups, I am an obsessed fangirl of various popular storytellers and fantasy characters and they bring such richness into my life that adding my own take, drawing inspiration from and creating 3-dimensional fanfictions is just about the best thing I can think of to do with the jewellery making skills I have learned. “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.”(Simon Sinek) and my obsession with the stories my work is created around will be the reason customers want to buy into Chloe Henderson.

Often, these people create their own stories, and this will be the main customer base that needs to be attracted to my venture; for the satisfaction of working for and more importantly with such communities. It will be these communities I will turn to when I need inspiration, co-designers, when I need help, because “when you connect with them, people want to help you” (Amanda Palmer) especially when creating a product they will be interested in, by involving the stories they are passionate about.

Now, i just need to work on finding these people!!

Also, as part of my market research i conducted a little online survey. Thank you to everyone who filled it in, you all rock, and a special congratulations to Caitlin Garret who won my prize draw. Here she is with her new Shine (Faery Wings) earrings:

Caitlin Garret with her winning Faery Wing Earrings (2)

The first question i asked was: Why do you believe storytelling is important? and some of the answers were really beautiful, and very worthy of sharing with you:

“To encourage creativity and imagination – to make the seemingly impossible, possible.”

“Because when real life gets a bit too messy, its good to be able to escape into someone else’s story for a while.”

“Imagination is an important part of a human life. It’s like a muscle that needs exercise. It’s well developed in childhood but can diminish in later life. I think it’s important like keeping a trim belly. Imagination is attractive in a human and storytelling is key to this. Not to mention the tradition aspect.”

“Storytelling is important because it inspires you to be creative and use your imagination. To put yourself in the story and feel what the characters are feeling. It lets you leave reality just for a moment and that is long enough to inspire you to continue on!”

“Stories give us the freedom to escape our mundane daily lives and fall into worlds full of possibility and wonder. The world is full of stories and stories are full of worlds.”

“Storytelling is everywhere. Narratives are the way that we contextualize everything. We learn from them, we laugh, we cry. To be human is to tell stories.”

“because it is fundamentally what makes us human, without stories we would have no creativity or art, no concept of future or past or things beyond our immediate experience.”

“Stories take us away from our mundane everyday lives and allow us to get lost in our imaginations.”

Escaping. Creativity. Imagination. Learning. Passing on history. and right there is the answer to why storytelling.

Business plan written… now, i just need to start a business and make it successful!!

No pressure!

When i see these posters (that are actually real and not just for fake evidence!!) plastered all over my home town i know i will have made it!


Off for a nap…..

Chloe out.


Decided to test out a new wee collection.

A few weeks ago i found myself doodling out vulva patterns in my journal… as you do… and thought they’d make great little etched pieces. So i etched them into silver, cut them out, polished them up and stitched in some colourful threads and hung from fine silver chains! They’re now available on my etsy store :)

Journal Doodles



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Joselle (1)Joselle (2)Joselle (3)



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What do you think?

Chloe out.