New Designers

New Designers = a huge trade show for jewellery graduates to display their final year work, and where people from the industry visit and interact with said graduates.

A rather wonderful experience. Was more than lovely talking to everyone who passed through about my work, you were all so nice :) And I now know how to hand up a display with foam in a really short period of time with limited tools! and how to dress professionally, and how speak to people without wanting to run away! and am more than a little jealous of all the stunning work at the show! so much inspiration in one place.

And a trip to London, so all in all pretty awesome!

 

My display all set up and pretty… even with concretesque blocks!

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Made myself a little Faery Wings inspired necklace to show off my work.

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Sexy exhibitor pass!

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A few photos from the opening night.

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Oh and let’s not forget, thanks you wonderful weirdoes for popping along! and thanks v.much for a lovely dinner :)

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New Designers was ace!

I even had enough time to hang around London a little bit…

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The British Museum

Was so hot in there that I didn’t spend too much time inside, but the ceiling was epic so I did take a few wee snaps:

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Natural History Museum

Beautiful museum, epically busy, but free and wonderful! The gemstones hall being my favourite…. so much sparkly!!!

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Moody whale selfie…

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I have too much fun by myself…..

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V&A

*design drools*

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Wonderful week…. thanks to everyone involved. Much love.

 

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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Awesome huh?

 

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

Chloe out.

 

The Ocean at the End of the Lane Photoshoot

The hunger birds are coming.
Swooping down on us all. Coming in to claim all to be eaten.
They’ll swirl and whorl and loop and twist out from the sky and wrap themselves around you, clawing with twenty needle sharp wired teeth, or thousands or hundreds of claws, with beady eyes gleaming and glittering out from the darkness.
These giant leathery unbirds, these shadows from the dark.
They’re coming for you.

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What do you think?

Chloe out.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Making Of

Last time I showed you some hunger bird sketches, and from those I came up with my final idea…. so, here is the making of!

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To texture my little copper hunger birds, I had a wander around Dundee and picked up some fallen feathers.

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Which I stuck to both sides of a copper sheet with double sided strips.

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The copper was run through the rolling mill a few times to imprint the feather texture into the copper.

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The feathers got quite stuck to the metal, so, I used a torch to burn away the tape and feather excess.

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And then cleaned away the fire stain in the pickle.

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After selecting my hunger bird shapes, I used little paper templates to transfer them onto the copper.

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And cut them out! and filed down the edges until smooth.

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Next came the soldering…. this took ages! I had to solder each bird onto a huge length of wire, and each time clean it in the pickle…. it was hard work! and a little dangerous! Working with such a long length of wire, especially one that’s getting hotter and hotter as I moved further along was a little hazourdous… but I stretched myself across 3 benches and worked out a system of bowls of water and safety gloves so I wouldn’t burn myself… or anyone else! or set fire to anything!!

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It was worth it in the end, as they turned out just I wanted!

The copper was put into an oxidising bath to blacken into hellish birds.

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And then cleaned a little.

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And finally the finishing touches were added! Dyed black, thick, gloopy latex with coils of wire strung with onyx and smokey quartz beads. The wire acts as a flight pattern, the beads give a glint of sparkling eyes and sharp talons and the black latex just enhances the leathery black skin of these unbird birds.

 

Stay tuned for the next post where I show you the finished piece!

 

Chloe out.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Unbird Sketches

A wee while ago I introduced you to The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and since then I’ve been slowly working about at design and inspiration drawings in my sketchbook. I’ve been using simple black ink with a paintbrush to make marks and shapes of what I think the hunger birds could look like in a wearable form. I’m not quite sure what I want the piece to be yet, other than very black, and something that will wrap around or encase the body in some constricting form…..

… anyway, here are some of my sketchbook drawings.

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I’ve also started a little hunger birds painting… mostly for fun (i’ll get some better photos of it when i’m finished)!!

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These last few images are of the shapes I’m beginning to work with in copper samples. They are individual hunger bird shapes. I made them by dipping my brush in a little ink and a little water and then closed my eyes and moved my hand in a small jerking motion across the pages.

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I then pick out the best ones with tracing paper and transfer them into the copper for some samples.

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*edit* my samples are going quite well and I think I’m close to a conclusion… so will update you next time with the making of my final piece! Stay tuned!

Chloe out.