'Soft impression'; 'Coiled leaf' & 'Spiral (b)' brooches, 2013 / silver
'Golden heart-leaf' vessel and brooch, 2013 / bi-metal 22k gold, blackened silver
'Folded Leaf' neckpiece, 2012 / sterling silver
'Three lidded containers', 2013 / silver (sold separately)
'Leaf stack' vessel, 2013 / blackened silver
'Black fossil' neckpiece, 2013 / blackened silver, wax
'Concealed'; 'Trapped leaf'; 'Cluster' & 'Spiral (a)' brooches / blackened silver,
enamel paint, wax
'Heart-leaf' & 'Fossil-like' brooches, 2013 / silver
All images from Gallery Funaki
One of my favourite jewellers Julie Blyfield has a great exhibition on at the moment called 'second nature'. The show runs until 2nd March and I will be sure to make my way to Melbourne town to check it out.
This exhibition got me thinking, when you do anything over and over again in your life how eventually it becomes second nature. That repetition can be both monotonous and meditative, that is the joy of being a maker. How can monotony be joyful I hear you ask. Well the joy is not instant, it comes from the sense of achievement at the end of it all. After all those years of working with the same materials, tools and equipment, doing the same tasks, you suddenly realise that you can pretty much make whatever you can conjure up in your head and do it well.
I always urge any student I teach to be patient, to concentrate on the task at hand, keep practicing on the mundane, filing, cutting, soldering, etc. When you can do these tasks well, then worry about the design.
I look at a lot of handmade jewellery and objects, and see both terribly made and extremely well executed work. Sometimes the junk far outweighs the good stuff which is a real shame. I would urge any new makers to take your time, make, make and make some more before you let the world see what you are making. There is something to be said for experience, look at the makers that you admire, I can guarantee that their skills and techniques did not become second nature over night. Slow and steady dear reader.