The theme for the 2015 exhibition by members of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery is Sleight of Hand. I was delighted to be selected and thought I’d share a little about my Abstraction Distraction Brooch with you.
What do you do when you’re faced with such a majestic theme? I pinned my focus down to hypnotism and more specifically the spiral, an ancient symbol used by magicians and jewellers alike to charm, beguile and mesmerise an audience.
I chose to work with titanium, which is still an unusual material to use in jewellery, though I come back to it often-I guess I like a challenge.
Although it can’t be soldered and work hardens really easily, titanium has a wonderful strength and springiness. The matt grey is a great colour but this project needed some glamour so I opted for neon green acrylic as a focal point. highlighted with some definitively bling silver leaf.
Working with so many materials at once - silver, acrylic, titanium, silver leaf and enamel paint - the construction took a lot of thinking through. A one-off project like this is always a great learning curve and gives me a chance to hone some skills. In particular riveting (don’t drill all the holes at once, just the top layer, just saying) and those pesky right-angled corners on the brooch frame.
I think the final brooch fulfilled the brief and I certainly enjoyed making it. I can’t wait to see the catalogue and visit the exhibiton to see what everyone else has made.
I hope you get a chance to visit the tour in Burton on Trent, Plymouth or Edinburgh. If you do, let me know I’d love to hear what you think.
Here’s the nitty gritty on the tour and a link to the ACJ website
Brewhouse, Burton upon Trent, open 1 - 28 September
Reception Thursday 10 September 7.00 – 9.00pm
Symposium Friday 11, plus workshops
Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, open 7 - 31 October, PV 6 October
Plymouth College of Art Gallery
16 November - 12 December, plus artist talks