A sure sign of Summer is the arrival of swallows in Ashgrove. I was speaking to my mother earlier in the week and she told me they had made the long flight from Africa and have returned to Cobh for the Summer!
I had just finished making some bird rings and I thought that it was a good omen.
No pictures of the swallows I’m afraid as they are SO fast. But last time I was home my sister and I met a beautiful Swan down in Cuskinny. So here is a few pictures of Cobh with the lovely Swan that me met.
It is the first Brighton Artists Open Houses for me this year. Eeeek! That starts tomorrow for the month of May. Check it out! http://aoh.org.uk/artist/pauline-morley/
Wishing you all a lovely weekend. It is a Bank Holiday here in the UK. So one extra day. Yay!
If you have been reading my blog for the last couple of weeks you will already know that I went home to Ireland for the month of August. I am VERY lucky to have a job that allows me to work remotely. If you haven’t been reading my blog. I GOT TO GO HOME FOR A MONTH AND IT WAS AWESOME! Now that I am back in my second home Brighton, it is time to share a few lovely experiences and the inspiration for my next collection.
My sister lives in a remote area of West Cork. We went to visit and she made us TASTY soup and took us on a little trip for a wee walk afterwards. We went to Roberts Cove. It is a beautiful little cove in Cork. Probably perfect for smuggling whiskey or laying the anchor of your pirate ship in the old days.
This is where I got my inspiration for these River Rings. The channels of water going through the sand. The mini rivers making their way to the sea. And the larger river at the back with all the lovely rocks making the water fight it’s way to the sea.
These three rings have the river channels running through them. I made one wide chunky ring (green) one with a slight arch and one with a little seat for a stone. I have also made a skinny version of the wide chunky one. But I don’t have a picture of that yet.
I really like the different channels of “water” going through the wax. They will be cast in silver and I am hoping to get very good at setting stones so that the River Ring with a Stone will be EXTRA sparkly.
I am looking forward to making some earrings and necklaces in the same style. A little work in progress to get me through the winter.
I recently went to a wedding of a good friend of mine. We had lived together in a flat in Sydney, Australia together with 3 other girls about 10 years ago now. Doesn’t time fly! It was a two bed flat just back from Bondi Beach. Five Irish girls having the time of our lives. We spent Christmas 2004 together. (A total of 37 people at a restaurant at the beach on Christmas day, complete chaos and carnage) good times. We met our partners at various stages of our travels and we were there for each other when it was tough.
I didn’t know what to get Rachael and Peter for a wedding present. My husband suggested I make them jewellery. It seemed obvious as that’s what I do. But I hadn’t really thought of jewellery as a wedding present. Up until now I have (rather traditionally) thought that the only jewellery involved in a wedding is bought before the day to match the Bride and Grooms outfits and as gifts for Groomsmen and Bridesmaids.
I thought about it for a while and figured if I could think of a way to make matching jewellery but not making it naff that would be a great personal gift.
I have been really into customising tools recently so I thought I could use the same texture but a different design for his and hers.
I made Peter personalised cufflinks with R&P stamped.
And I made Rachael a pair of earrings and a necklace using the same hammer and a design that I really love.
I thought it important that they both come from the same sheet of metal. Maybe that’s me being sentimental. But I like the idea of jewellery that was once one piece of metal becoming separate pieces for people who want jewellery to link them. I did something similar a few years ago for a friend. She wanted to give her sister a ring for her 18th birthday. She wanted the same ring for herself. I made them out of the same sheet of metal so that no matter how far apart they are they still have the rings that were once one piece together.
The wedding was held at Castle Leslie in Co. Monaghan. What a venue!
Lord Leslie is a cousin of Sir Winston Churchill and Churchills Christening gown is actually on display in the castle. A wonderful member of staff took the time to show me the paintings and connections and then pointed me in the direction of the gown. I had been taking photos all over the place so it was fairly obvious I was interested. I LOVE history and seeing pieces of history and being in those rooms is an amazing experience.
I had an amazing day at the wedding and I was really pleased that I had taken the time to make a personal gift for the bride and groom.
They had a beautiful day and we rocked the dance floor. What a day. Weddings are a great reminder to us all of the love in the world. And my only chance to dance the night away these days 😉.
Making a bespoke piece of jewellery is a honour. Here are a few pieces that I have had the pleasure to make.
My lovely friend Dan is modelling the first ring (the chocolate cake behind him was for a birthday if I remember correctly). This ring was made as a gift to a Gemini man who loves Tribal tattoos. I worked with his beautiful wife (a good friend and very talented make up artist) and finally settled on this design.
Next up is another mans ring, but not a thumb ring this time. It is a chunky silver wedding ring (replacing a previous ring lost in the sea!) Oops! This is one that I made for my brother, so an extra special honour for me. He very kindly sent me a pic of it as I neglected to take a picture of it when I made it. It went all the way to Australia. (my nephew is an amazing artist you can see his picture in the background) And the ring fits!!! Phew! He has been wearing it whilst out training as a volunteer lifeguard and so far it is still there. Job well done.
The next commission is an extra special AMAZING piece that I had the pleasure to design and make. It was also commission for a man. Hmmm maybe there is a pattern forming here…
I call this Minas Dragon. It is a strong dragon with a beautiful peridot set for the eye. I didn’t know how it would turn out, but I think you will agree, it is pretty special. It was intended to be interchangeable as a pendant or a key ring. This took me many hours of carving and redoing and making sure the scales were “just right”. I am very proud of this one.
Not the end of my commissions, but the end of this post at least. A pair of cufflinks that my husband asked me to make for him. He loves them so much he wears them regularly to work and gets LOADS of compliments. So now I stock them in my etsy shop!!! I present to you da da dahhhhhhhhh paper clip cufflinks. I made these in silver but they can also be made in gold.
I think I should follow this up with the commissions that I have made for the ladies. I have quite a few to choose from that I can share with you. Bangles made as bridesmaid gifts, a necklace with a princess cut stone, a backdrop necklace, matching sister rings, dangle textured oxidised earrings and a triquetra pendant for an 18th birthday.
Thank you for reading. Let me know what you think!