Now that the excitement of Assessment (basically like a critique, only more intense and stressful!) is over, it’s time to take all the feedback I got and work on where to take my pieces next. This week involved a lot of playing around and experimenting with some new processes and materials. I’m not really sure how I want my next collection of jewellery to look, but I think the best way to make up my mind is by making LOADS of experimental pieces- thought I’d just post photos of a few of the ideas I’ve been working on and my thoughts about each.
Finally- colour experiments! I’m kind of alright with these because of how subtle the colours are- I like the gradual shift from white to pink a lot, but I’m not really sure if I want to use colour very much in my pieces- I’m toying with the idea of a greyscale series…
I really like how this has gone- I put lacquer inside the etched-in lace pattern. The colour isn’t much darker than the natural plaster colour, but the combination of the slightly darker colour and the shine of the laquer really sets off the pattern in a way it was missing before.
Nothing especially revolutionary here… just experimenting with forms (it felt like I was in kindergarten, playing with blocks, not working on a Masters degree!) and trying to figure out how I want to advance the Ribbon necklace.
I like this one- I think it might become a necklace soon.
This one was my first attempt at image transferring, which is something I’ll definitely be looking into more. I like the really subtle patterning that the plaster picks up in the transfer- I don’t think I’d like the effect nearly as much if it was really solid black and white patterning. We’ll see what other image transfer techniques do…
So there are some of this week’s more successful experiments- next week I’ll be in Munich attending SCHMUCK, so expect an update about that around the second week of March. I’d love to hear what your reactions are to these experiments- any that look exciting to you? Any you absolutely hate? I like knowing these things :)