It’s February already – what’s happening?
The 3 weeks I spent in Northern Ireland at Christmas are already a distant memory, and I’m heading back next weekend for my brother’s wedding at the lovely Lissanoure Castle. I doubt the sky will be this colour in Loughguile next Saturday – I’ll take thermals.
I’m getting lots of practice with glorious surroundings, having spent last week on the Getting Started course at the Goldsmiths’ Hall in London.
It did my soul the world of good to spend a week in such a splendid building, and to be offered the support of such a well-organised body as the Goldmsiths’ Company. As well as fully-packed programme of speakers and networking introductions, I am now registered with the London Assay Office and will be hallmarking very soon.
Apparently I was the “wild card” fine artist in the group, the others all being jewellers and silversmiths. At the industry reception I was definately on the edge, with only a tiny amount of silver in my SilverBirch pieces on display, and no obvious function. This had never struck me as an issue before, the absence of function being the whole point of my work.
I wonder what would happen if I made some jewellery? Give people the opportunity to “use” the pieces. It would be interesting to work from functional tool, to abstract tool and back to functional object again. To compare the functionality of jewellery with the functionality of tools.
My week at Goldsmiths was a very timely reminder of how easily all the work that went into may degree could fade away. It was great to see some familiar faces from New Designers and elsewhere. I’ve come away with new friends, lots of ideas for new work, and a healthy dose of commercial common sense. A big thank you to Peter Taylor, Helen Dobson and Melanie Eddie for the opportunity to be there.
The forthcoming Northern Ireland trip will allow include time to develop ideas for Things That Fall Inbetween. I had a quick visit to R Space early in January, when Robert Martin kindly showed me round. The ground floor gallery space is complete, and the upper floors where we’ll be exhibiting are now watertight, but still in a wonderful state of disrepair. Just the sort of space I like.
The year is off and running, I hope I can keep up!