Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Handsome Furs

I recently stumbled across these wonderfully nostalgic postcards/photographs of rural life in Lapland circa 1910. 

Herding Caribou 1910

Lap family 1910

Caribou swimming across the river Yukon 1925.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

The faithful Anchor.

Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off- then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball. 

Herman MelvilleMoby Dick

(StayGoldMaryRose 'Pequod Pendants')

Here are some of my pendant designs from a while ago named after the whaling ship in Moby Dick. Vintage blue china anchors with shell and laurel crests. Patiently and lovingly hand cut, filed, sanded and sealed from a vintage china naval wall plate. 

Friday, 15 July 2011

She sits in the top of the greenest tree.

Today is a slow one. I need a bit of a boost. I think I'll listen to Patti. Yes, that is what I'll do.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Who has been painting my roses red?

I love the summer and I love our garden. It really keeps us sane. We spend nearly all our spare time on the 'Allotment' at the bottom (we have vegetable patches where half of the old tennis court was as our garden was a school play ground many, many years ago)

So we grow lots of things which means I get to make things look pretty while the Boy chops up fire wood with the chainsaw/axe!

We finally have Artichokes growing this year.

We have quite a lot of bonfires as we have a fire pit next to the vegetable patches.

Roses and Sweet Peas from the borders.

I sometimes get to work outside of the workshop.

Monday, 11 July 2011

Shine on you crazy diamond

I have made a new batch of 'Vintage China Giant Diamond Rings'.

The first lot completely sold out. Which is nice. I also gave one to Bjork. I was under the influence of red wine and felt an overwhelming sense of self confidence. Lets hope she liked it!

I love these rings. Complete willow china bling.

Oh and the ring parts are made using the handles of teacups.

(Waste not, want not!)

Friday, 8 July 2011

It's become a habit, a way to start the day.

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to witness Björk perform 'Biophilia' in the intimate setting of the Campfield Market Hall as part of the Manchester International Festival.

To say that she was anything short of amazing would be a giant understatement. The performance was quite honestly breathtaking. I have been lucky enough to see her perform live before but this time, it was something completely different.

From a circular centre stage dotted with bizarre objects and bespoke instruments, Björk and her Icelandic choir performed each song accompanied by the narration of Sir David Attenborough announcing the song titles and a brief explanation for each process of nature.

All of the songs were accompanied by a visual representation of a 'Gondry' animation or documentary footage of nature in all it's glory. The visuals were played across a ring of giant screens circling above the stage allowing a panoramic view for everyone to see.

(Via Dangerous Minds)

Where do music, nature and technology meet? Björk introduces Biophilia, her most ambitious and exciting work to date. A multimedia project encompassing music, apps,internet, installations and live shows, Biophilia celebrates how sound works in nature, exploring the infinite expanse of the universe,from planetary systems to atomic structure.

In a career noted for its constant evolution, Biophilia represents Björk's biggest leap forward. While her previous work has focused mainly on the inner self and the minute details, this album and app project explodes the scope on to the macro level, taking in the entire universe and drawing far-reaching parallels between the ever-evolving technological landscape and the natural landscape around us. It proves once again that Björk is an artist who's unafraid to step into the unknown •

(The Guardian)

As well as the new material, Björk also played some of the older songs to everyone's delight. 'Joga' was one of them and it was utterly stunning.

All in all the performance was a beautiful, energetic and mesmerising work of art but then again, I would expect nothing less from Björk.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Britannia rule the waves.

A new vintage china bangle design that I've been working on. I just love the old peace banner/flag design and laurel crest.

(Rule Britannia Vintage China Bangle With Royal Red, Gold And Black Military Medal Band)