Thursday, January 27, 2011
Despite a few technical issues that need to sorted out before production, the prognosis for these springtime fledglings looks promising. I formed these armbands to get a feeling for how two different thicknesses respond and wear - compiling a list of 'to dos' before the next round of testing.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
With the darkness, comes the light, of a different nature. Patterns and graphics emerge from the darkness into the stillness of the night. Minus 25 degrees, a streetlight and humidity in the air created this lantern to be enjoyed for only a solitary few nights.
Recently working with lights and the atmosphere that they create has become something that I have been exploring.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
I've been handsawing these Cherry Blossom Armbands in silver, but have always had the ambition to produce them in Stainless Steel. Stainless Steel is so strong and posseses such a beautiful understated industrial colour that I feel it needs to be brought into the spotlight. It lends itself well to small scale production which is the aim with these versions. Silver Cherry Blossom armbands will remain hand sawn, with that personal touch.
Today I recieved the first prototype of this model in Stainless steel which needs to be tested and modified. There's more in the pipeline with this collection, so watch this space. Fortsättning följer.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
These photographs have eluded me now for over a year, but I just happened to stumble accross them last night, which made me smile - a lot. I couldn't resist blowing the dust off them and publishing then directly.
Making these armbands is one of the most satisfying things I know. The design is hand sawn from a drawing on the front side, but if one looks at the backside between piercing each section, the pattern literally unfolds organically from a blank sheet. The process is like a slower version of developing photographs, an image appearing from nothing in front of your eyes. There is something so compelling and seductive about piercing graphics in metal - it never leaves you.
Each armband is hand sawn from an original drawing and they come in a variety of thicknesses.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
This little unassuming pearl necklace was created during my fascination for the Tudors, and in particular Ann Boleyn. I wanted to create something delicate with simple lines and with that colour combination for everyday use. Something reminiscent of the jewellery of that period, but with a contemporary twist.
It was only when I took a photograph of the necklace some time after, that I saw the potential of the sweeping overlapping lines constructed of tiny little pearls as it lay somewhat askew. I wanted to freeze that graphic and wear it. The silver armband below was the first product to materialise that graphic in wearable form.
A little mention goes to Klara Eriksson who froze alongside me under the bridges in Stockholm, and who took this photograph that so perfectly captures the whiteness of the silver in a concrete landscape.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
When I was making this bracelet at the very end of last year it made me think of something Victorian. I think it was the delicateness of the lines and the black colour of the silver. It felt like putting on something that had been created a long time ago, something to be revered.
Monday, January 17, 2011
I love this stage when the drawings are on the desk and there's work in progress. This is when I find designing/making most exciting. I think it's due to the element called potential. The eyes can see tangible physical things in front of you, yet the mind sees many different design possibilities.
This design allows one to literally draw with thin silver wire, making a three dimensional piece of art.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
I've chosen to start my writing with a project. I'm currently working on smaller versions of these and thought that you might like to come along for the ride and see the necklace from initial sketches through to finished article.
These photographs are taken in a forest in Stockholm on one of those magical crispy autumn days where the light simply illuminates the silver.