A new year seems as good a time as any to learn some new skills, which is why later this week I’ll be starting a course that promises to cover some specialist jewellery techniques.
I’m particularly keen to learn more surfacing methods, as simply adding texture or a subtle pattern to something can change the look and feel altogether.
Just look at these three images, close ups of foot prints I captured on a small stretch of road near my parents’ house. They are all simple impressions in the snow, but thanks to the varying patterns on the soles of peoples’ shoes they are also all distinctly different.
It may seem really obvious, but a simple change of colour can also make a big difference. The next lot of images come from an interactive display of changing colours that I spotted on the South Bank not so long ago. The purple one is my favourite. Like jewels they light up the night!
The last trio of pictures are all of green leaves, shot in a greenhouse at Stuttgart Zoo of all places. But again, thanks to nature’s ingenious way of giving each plant its own distinctive shape and pattern they too are unique.
I hope to incorporate some of the new methods I learn on the course into new pieces, and promise to share glimpses of work in progress here over the coming weeks.
Of course, if I encounter anything else interesting may be tempted to post that as well...