It has just struck me that I have not shown any of my jewellery for a few posts so I have dug out a photograph of these three brooches. They were from a collection called NO-ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM. Sorry the photograph is not very good but it was taken a few years ago when I was just a jewellery making virgin. These are actually made with silver, gold, enamel and perspex. I was proud of them at the time but looking at them now, they could do with quite a few improvements. Still it is always good to look back and see exactly how far you have travelled. Which, looking at these brooches, is the M6 motorway!NO-ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM.
I was totally obsessed with combining perspex, precious metal and enamel in a contemporary way. At the time, enamel was not very popular in contemporary jewellery, so I was quite innovative. Now, though, enamel is used a lot in modern work to make great pieces and perspex is old news. Jewellers use a diverse range of unusual material to make their contemporary pieces, for example HORSEHAIR. I am amazed by how many people make jewellery out of this material. Of course, it is not just about using unusual material – there has still got to be a BRILLIANT DESIGN which uses the material in the best way possible.
THAT IS WHERE I WENT WRONG.
So analysing my NO-ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM pieces – that is where I went wrong. I was just obsessed by the materials I wanted to use and I did not spend much time thinking about the DESIGN. Ah the folly of youth.