DJCAD Degree Show 2015

On Thursday I popped back through to Dundee for a wee reminisce, and a visit to the wonderful 2015 Degree Show.

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I can’t believe it has been a year since my own show :O

But I can believe how amazing this show is! I’m obviously biased when it comes to the jewellery show… and it truly lived up to expectations! very much my favourite. Well done girls!

Here are a few of my favourites…..

Dione Bowlt

I loved this little porcelain creatures. They’re beautifully organic, and remind me of plants growing under the sea. The combination of the tainted white ceramics and the clean shining gold is perfect when sat against the soft tones of the figure.

Gemma Brownlie

I was really impressed just watching the film of her process, and marvelled at the work involved in each vessel. Naturally I love a good stitched piece of a metal! and couldn’t be anything but drawn to these adorable bowls. I can imagine sitting on a cold day, running my fingers along the soft stitching and smooth metal and feeling comforted.

Kendal Marie Dewar

This collection is basically everything that I love! Large statement neckpieces, with sparkling stones and fragile natural elements. Beautiful. Simple, elegant, and so gloriously unusual. I couldn’t help but picture my faeries adorned in this finery!

Kaela Hogg

The etched silver drew me in, and combined with the intricately sawn shapes was mesmerising. Very evocative of decorative Eastern towers and temples.

Can’t quite fit all the sparkly wonders into this post, so pop on over to the Degree Show website to check out all the other jewellers :)

Of course, it’s not just jewellery! Here are a few of my favourites from the other disciplines…..

Jordan Kane

Janie Art

Ewelina Labuda

Julie Patterson

The images below are stills from this video. It’s stunning.

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Katy J Davies

Much arty love.

Chloe out.

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New Designers next week!

I’m away on my train down to London this morning… i’m probably snoozing against the window as you read this… for New Designers!

If you’re in the London area, pop on over and visit stand J13 :)

No posts for a while, but i’ll have so much to catch you up on when i get back: more posts from the degree show, a few bits and pieces of ‘making of’ posts from Lexicon Creatures, graduation photos, and of course not forgetting lots of New Designers fun as well!

Here is one cheeky graduation pic for now!

See you on the other side!

Chloe out.

DJCAD Degree Show 2014

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I can’t really believe it happened.

The Degree Show.

My Degree Show.

I’ve completed four years at uni……..

I’m a jewellery graduate!

I’ve got to pretend to be an adult now….

… oh dear!

Anyway, here are some photos of my display at the Degree Show!

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And of course, thank you oh so much to all my wonderful friends and family who came out to support me! You guys rock!

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And thanks guys for the boootiful cards and flowers, oh and the sweeties too…. om nom nom!!

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Look at us sexy jewellers at the opening night!

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And our wonderful tutors!

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Wanna see the work of my fellow jewellery friends?

Of course you do!

Check it out!

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Rosie Kimber

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Awesome huh?

 

What did you think of the work? Where you at the show? What was your favourite piece?

Chloe out.

 

The Little (Dead) Mermaid Photoshoot

Not the red-headed Disney princess we all know and love, these pieces follow the darker notes of the original fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen.
When a mermaid dies she becomes sea foam, forever to float on the water’s surface.
I read this tale as a child and right up until this day, every time I see sea foam my first thought is always ‘dead mermaid’.
The bubble forms you see floating before you in the preserved sections of the ocean are inspired by the shapes of sea foam as it ripples and cascades through the waves and over the tides. The metal is 3-D printed steel forms from my computer design drawings, which I have hand-etched with gruesome sea-creaturesque imagery and added dimensions to with limbs and parts of protruding dead sea monsters, sat amongst the gems of the depths.
Mermaids don’t just dissolve wistfully away into bubbles, they melt and shrink and fall apart at the seams. These floating creations are merely scooped up dead mermaids solidified around your fingers, necks and ears.

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What do you think?

 

Chloe out.

The Little (Dead) Mermaid – Making Of

 

A few days ago my wonderful 3D printed steel bubble parts arrived (yay!) and today I’m going to show you what I did with them!!

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First thing… a bit of etching! Gotta tape up the holes…

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… and paint the metal with etching fluid.

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One dry, little dead fishy, horrible sea creatures and monstrous imagery are scraped away.

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And etched! with my friend the nitric acid.

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After a quick clean, the pieces are given a fire to oxidize the metal and give a little bit of tonal colouration.

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They are then rubbed back using the pendant drill and a little sandpaper.

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Now they’re all shiny and ready for the finishing touches!

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The beads are strung onto a knitted blue wire chain and strung with a variety of blue beads and pearls.

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The studs and ring have cubic zirconia gemstones, wire, and bits of hacked up dinosaurs that have been painted with gloopy varnish pigments (ie. nail polish!) are added into the little pre-printed holes.

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All the pieces are then finished with little spots of clear varnish. My display for these pieces is going to involve something a little wet…. so when the pieces are submerged the varnish will prevent them from rusting all over, ie. the rust will only appear in certain parts…… or that’s the plan anyway! rusting isn’t really something I’m going to have control over! but that’s the fun of these little dead mermaids :)

 

Stay tuned for a post with images of the finished pieces and a photoshoot post too!

Chloe out.