Shops are closed. Studio's packed. Walls are looking very bare.
I'm spending too much time with my head stuck in the internet, trawling for things to inspire my new work, which I hope to begin construction on next weekend after the last days of cleaning and packing are behind me and the joy on unpacking- and decorating- lays ahead.
All these pieces in this post are old works I've done over the stretch of years who in either form, style or sensibility represent the new path I'm going down. Solid form, strong shape, deep texture. Ancient past and star-flecked futures.
As usual all will be constructed using salvaged material- there is a reckless part of my mind that whispers for a PMC set-up, and though I know I could do such wonderous things with it, my heart struggles; it is not 'salvaging' enough for me- though I'm sure all the metal in it has been recycled 1000 times. Did you know metals like gold can be melted down and re-used infinite number of times? Theories suggest the amount of gold we have drawn from the earth is not very much- so often is it recycled that there are grounds to suppose a gold tooth or wedding ring you currently have in possession could be made in part from the jewelry of an Etruscan princess.
Anyway- metal-melting aside, my intense need to use what already exists comes from a deeper place than the ubiquitous tree-hugger principles necessary in ethically responsible jewelry; rather it is about using the resources at your disposal; challenging the mind to find solutions to a need without providing a new material.
This borderline psychotic insistence on salvage is my undoing and my strength; while I 'miss out' on developing my ideas with cast metal, powder coated or electroplated forms, I often come up with new ideas simply through looking for alternatives. Cast metal ideas are turned by my mind into forms of leather and canvas; ideas about crystals or diamonds are planned in materials like thrifted wine glass stems, or cut up CDs.
I especially get excited by using these materials not expected to turn up in jewelry - it is much more fun and rewarding as well as delivering a more complex article at the end; more art than artisan craft. (Oh how the lines blur!) Self-reliance has become a sort of game to me- and each time I play I set the bar higher.
Meanwhile in the day to day... I better go pack something.Or eat dinner!