June 6, 2012

The old photos

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Family history and heritage will certainly impact my future designs.  I love this old photo of my mother. It was taken in Cuba.  It reminds me of the stories she used to tell me about her life in Cuba.


June 7, 2012

Amazing Art Deco Architecture and Music from Cuba

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I find Art Deco Architecture very inspirational. I could see using some of the shapes in my work. The music and the 1950’s cars in cuba is part of my DNA; and again It brings me back to my mother’s heritage and the memory of the wonderful stories I heard from my parents when i was growing up.

June 6, 2012

I find ancient …

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I find ancient jewellery techniques intriguing. I like granulation and have experimented with this technique a bit. I would like to do more, and perhaps combine it in a more contemporary setting.

Some materials the ancient Egyptians used included gold, turquiose agate and silver. I would like to find a way to combine these techniques in a more contemporary way. My mother often talked about amulets and talismans. Probably because it was ingrained in her from her mother’s heritage.I learned from my travels that these beliefs are still very strong in the modern world we live in, especially in the middle east. How different are we from our ancesters and their beliefs?

The ancient Romans used bronze and gold arranged with bone and glass beads.  A model which was predisposed by the Egyptians is the Herakles Knot, with its apotropaice (talisman and amulet) creature to ward off evil.

How did these symbols come about??

June 5, 2012

“Before you can think outside the box, you must have a box.”

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A quote by Twyla Tharp, an american Dancer/Choreogrpher. “Creativity is a habit, the best creativity is the result of good work habits.” “Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.””

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A creative web!

Pina Bausch’s Danzon: a work she created in 1995 about her observations during her travels in Cuba. I can relate to this as I would like my work to be influenced by my roots. Danzon is a cuban dance form and it also means to dance. Her piece is a response her travels in Cuba but also her observations,” to practise kissing is to cut an orange in half. Eyes must be shut, and the tongue goes inside…”

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Dance equals movement, movement generates shapes, shapes may influence the jewellery I create. For my third year dissertation i may research some influencial contemporary choreographers, such as Martha Graham, Pina Bausch, and Twyla Tharp. I would like to find out what was inspirational to them when they were creating, and perhaps from there connect it to how i will be designing my jewellery.

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Graham used a technique called tension and relaxation or contraction and release.  Some of her first dances were abstract and angular, almost cubist. she was inspired by classical mythology, biblical stories, and poems by Emily Dickenson, to name a few. this particular photo is of her piece called Lamentation.

…I like Frank Stellas sculptural art because it has movement and i could see beautiful pieces of jewellery being created from this image.

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May 31, 2012

20/21 bracelets

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I wanted to have a narrative for this project and delve into my mother’s heritage, but I wasn’t quite ready to do so just yet; perhaps i will be able to do this in the 3rd year. 

So this project became more about my interests in movement and sculptural objects, and the movement of metal itself, rather than the connection to my mother’s life and the twists and turns it took over the decades. I ,therefore, moved the metal in different ways to make different shapes by bending and twisting brass rod.  Not an easy task, but i learned a lot.  I also tried different textures and finishes on the bracelets. Some I likes more than others.  Actually, when photographed, you see them differently so i am not sure which I liked best.

May 7, 2012


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Inspiration can be drawn from many things. I am intrigued by ancient civilizations–their history, symbols to name a few.Image

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