MEET THE MAKER
I am a jewellery designer maker. I am environment conscious and use my skills to rescue sheets of acrylic from landfills to create jewellery that incorporate clever nuances and architecture to deliver a stunning visual product by virtue of its scale and form. I am inspired by mystery that highly microscopic images exude. I use these microscopic images from nature to create highly magnified digital patterns using CAD. Laser technology and traditional jewellery making techniques assist me in creating simple yet clever forms in acrylic which act as the canvas for these elaborate patterns. The result is a magnificent symbiosis of colour, form, material and technology. I applied to IAteliar as the ethos of blending conventional crafts with digital technology interest me and compliments my own practice. The programme will give me an opportunity to collaborate and network with other like-minded people, and help me evolve my practice by building on existing skills while developing new approaches. Opportunities to be mentored and to attend talks from experts will be invaluable, and help drive my practice forward. Furthermore, the opportunities offered through this programme will not just simply serve to develop and evolve my craft but will also provide new audiences.
WHAT IS YOUR FEEDBACK ON THE PROGRAMME?
So far, I have had an excellent experience with I Ateliar. The series of masterclasses that were offered right at the beginning provided an invaluable wealth of knowledge. The process of finding someone to collaborate with was an interesting experience. Thinking of the various knowledge and skills each one had and who we felt we could develop something new with. Although the start was a bit shaky, I was provided with assistance from Crafts Council. Mariam, a textile artist and I eventually decided to collaborate. We came up with a very exciting proposal which we were both keen to explore. Using Mariams great understanding for textile and my digital skills, we sort to explore the concept of exploring the concept of errors caused by machines. This concept came about from Mariam’s trip to Pakistan where she had met weavers who would intentionally make mistakes to pay homage to the idea that only God is perfect. This idea really appealed to me as there is a conception that machines are perfect and we wanted to challenge this notion and explore the result. We both have been using our individual skills to take this theme further in the collaboration.
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