Saturday, 21 November 2009

Wire Project

drawing from nature

combining pictures to come up with designs

For the last 3 weeks we have been working on a new wire project where we have to make a neckpiece or brooch. We had to research jewellery designers, artists and sculptors and choose one to influence our work. I chose one of Dundee's textile graduates - Johanna Basford. She specialises in black and white illustration and has worked with ceramics, wallpaper and bedlinen to name a few. Her work is mostly inspired by the small fish farm that she grew up on and much includes flowers and nature. For the past 2 weeks I have been drawing from nature taking inspiration from her signature black and white style. Many of my drawings came from pictures of the Botanic Gardens which I had visited last year for a previous project. I then started taking elements and combining them to create a design for my neckpiece. I want to make a necklace with a detatchable brooch which can be worn as part of the neckpiece or separate. I have also been in the workshop making filigree samples and experimenting with twisting wire- more pics to follow! Next week we are on the computers and I think this will help me in coming up with my final design.

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