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An Intriguing Idea for October

October 13, 2016

Working to Gallery deadlines is tough

I am completely focused on the task in hand, with not really much time for creative thinking other than problem solving but this week I start work on a new project.


A new opportunity has arisen to create something that does not have its design restricted by commercial demands.

I'm looking forward to stretching myself creatively.


The Concept

An idea for a brooch that has been in my mind for several months that I have named project Reclamation, this October I'm working on a submission piece for an exhibition. Little bit scary being judged by your peers but exciting to work on something straight out of my imagination.


I am creating  something that would make use some of the beautiful hand-painted colourful scraps and off-cuts of anodised aluminium I have collected over the years year.


My guillotine bits and bobs containing small bits of hand painted sheet in a variety of colours, hues and shapes and the unused or odd components that I just can't make myself scrap.


All these pieces are reminders of previous successes and failures and I am reclaiming these pieces exclusively to generate a new piece of work. A Brooch.


Editing what to use is not easy.



Pros and Cons

I'm lucky that my other job in Jewellery courses and training is fairly quite at this time of year because my clients are urgently engaged in creating work for the Christmas Market.

This is my opportunity to make something worthwhile.


- Best case scenario

I'll get this piece accepted into the 2017 exhibition I have chosen.

This piece may be suitable for another upcoming exhibition.


- Worst case scenario

I'll make an enjoyable piece to be proud of - and wear it myself!

I'll add this piece to my collection of work that promotes my expertise.

I'll add to my making experience.

I'll be inspired.



The worst case scenario is not exactly a failure.


I'm really enjoying the freedom of working  on something new and interesting to my taste. Pushing my technical abilities to its limit to get the result I want is is both frustrating and  exhilarating, but that is why I love working with Anodised Aluminium and why I love making Jewellery.


Project Reclamation =  Working out my intriguing idea for October


...What are you making?


Best wishes

Dawn Meaden-Johnson


Dawnstorm Jewellery & Founder of The Bespoke Jewellery Training Company





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