Daffodils, check. The dawn chorus of birdsong, check. Crazy Brits in shorts and t-shirts as soon as the mercury nudges over ten degrees, yep, spotted them too. I am thrilled the signs of English spring are really here after what feels like long, dark start to the year!
Perhaps this winter wasn’t that cold as winters go (at least not in London), but several bouts of ill health and other bother later I am glad to see the back of it and brighter days in its place.
The arrival of spring has given me lots of ideas for future work that I can’t wait to get started on as soon as a couple of commissioned pieces are finished. I love working in the studio when the door can be left open not just to air out some particularly noxious fumes (plenty of those in jewellery making!) but simply because it’s warm enough.
This sudden influx of light has also made me camera trigger-happy.
I get excited by contrasts, and where there is sun there are also shadows. I came across these during a recent walk in the forest: some near-broken-down leaves whose skeletal structures are just as beautiful as when they are in their prime. A swansong to winter that made me all giddy in a geeky way.
Imagine trying to recreate these 'leaf sculptures' in filigree...