Sunday, 28 October 2007

Christmas Jewellery - Bankfield Museum

This is my collection for the annual Christmas Presents Show. My jewellery will be exhibited at Bankfield Museum in Halifax.

Turquoise Tassel Necklace with Matching Bracelet.

Onyx Metallics Necklace & Earrings.

Magnetic Hematite Bracelet & Earrings.

Freshwater Pearl Illusion Set.

Biwa Pearl Charm Set.

Swarovski Fuchsia Heart Set.

Abalone Tapered Fan Set.

Crystal Heart Necklace & Earrings.

Honey Heart Necklace & Earrings.

Beaded Abalone Set.

Abalone & Swarovski Crystal Necklace.

Rose Quartz & Onyx Briolette Earrings.

Christmas Jewellery - Piece Hall

The following are some items from my new collection of Christmas jewellery on display at The Halifax Visitor Centre and Art Gallery, Piece Hall Halifax until Jan 08.

Chunky Tapered Abalone Fan Necklace

Rhinestone & Pearl Charm Necklace on Ribbon. With matching Rhinestone Earrings.

Swarovski Rose Heart Necklace on Ribbon with matching earrings.

Lampwork Bead Charm Necklaces on cotton thong.

Cream & Lilac Mother of Pearl Necklace.

Magnetic Hematite Bracelet, Earrings and Necklace Set.

Heart Mobile Phone Charms.

Beaded Heart Necklaces.

Blue Beaded Necklace.

Coloured Cluster Earrings.

Thursday, 18 October 2007

Man Jewellery

This is my effort for the Sep-Oct challenge theme at UK Beaders which is "Mr Moderators big birthday". Creating jewellery for men. Harder than it sounds.

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

IMT - Hats

Quick and cheeky little painting for Inspire Me Thursday this week. :-)

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Freshwater Pearl and Silver Waves Set

I got some wavy link stations this weekend from Silver Moon Beads.

I tried them out today with a simple and classic Freshwater Pearl combination.

Purple Punk

Decided to try and make something a bit younger and funkier looking. So came up with these purple and black earrings. I quite like them because I think they look a bit punky. Or is it just me?

Monday, 8 October 2007

IMT - Birds

Here is my response to the prompt "birds" at Inspire Me Thursday this week. I'm not very happy with how it turned out but as I spent so long on it, I decided to still post it here.
The bird is made up of lots of little feathers which I cut out of the painted paper above. It is a page of watercolour paper which I covered with brown, orange and gold washes. I've been making a few of these pages this weekend as possible backgrounds for artist trading cards (my new thing!). I really like the different shades, tones and patterns that form randomly when I make these.

After I'd cut all the little feather shapes out I stuck them all on to the bird I'd drawn. It took ages! I glued on a sequin for his eye and painted in his beak and feet.
I do like the bird its just the background I'm disappointed with, so perhaps if I think of a better idea I can cut him out and do another one.. any ideas?

Saturday, 6 October 2007

Saltaire Festival

In September I showed some of my jewellery as part of the Saltaire Festival. The Russian Firebird Necklace was exhibited in the World Heritage Art Competition representing St Petersburg - which was very exciting for me and I was so proud to see it up there on display with lots of amazing paintings and photography.

I also had a stall in the craft fair which was held in the beautiful Victoria Hall. It is such a pleasure to take part in any event in Saltaire because it is a great place full with such an interesting history. I shall be there next in November for a Winter Warmer craft fair and again in December for the Christmas show.

The craft fair was without a doubt the best one I've ever taken part in. Everything for sale was locally made handicrafts from jewellery to cards, paintings, pottery, altered books & ties. There was a street festival, continental market and beer festival too. Lots of things going on over the weekend and I met loads of great people.

We were also treated to live music acts. I totally fell in love with the music of Paula Ryan. She is a very talented singer songwriter and a lovely lady. She is from Ireland and sang a song in Gaelic called "Havin' The Craic!" which was amazing. My new favourite song.

Looking forward to next year ..