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.

Pink Plaster 1

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…

Pink Plaster 2

Subtle colouring experiment

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.

Form Study 1

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.

Form Study 2

I like this one- I think it might become a necklace soon.

Image Transfer

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 :)



Filed under grad school, jewellery, jewelry

2 responses to “Experiments

  1. Howdy doody,

    I’m interested in seeing more color experiments, I really the gradual change from white to pink, or any color, could be very beautiful. Your first image transfer looks amazing! I’m excited to see what you do with that. You know I love the ribbon design, so I won’t say anything more about that. ;)

    Thanks for the update!

  2. dreama johnson

    productive and fun, the best kind of playtime :) i like the grey scale idea, but then again i’m a sucker for neutrals. have you thought about beige or taupe tones? that might also be lovely with the subtle gradation you are getting. your work is looking very sophisticated, i really look forward to see the directions you take.

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