Thursday, August 21, 2014

Learning to write

A childhood of moving around between seven different schools left me with a few gaps in my knowledge; number bonds, multiplication tables and an almost complete inability to spell were among the most noticeable voids. I mostly worked out my own systems and strategies to deal with the shortfalls and I can't say the chopping and changing has held me back in anyway.

Oh, and I also managed to miss all the classes on 'joined up writing'. This summer I therefore purchased myself a little calligraphy kit from Linea Carta (here) and decided it was high time I learned to do some proper joined up writting!

Tessellated Pebble and Thyme Branch, Cari-Jane Hakes
That said, I've been reading that some schools in Europe are beginning to phase out any kind of focus on handwritten skills, so perhaps I was just WAY ahead of my time!

Learning to Write
The summer is the perfect time to try out something new as it is that time of travelling to new places  and revisiting old haunts with new 'one year on' eyes. When the everyday routines are disrupted and rumpled new spaces seem to open up for new thoughts, concepts and learning new skills.

Are you taking the time to learn something new? Leave a link if you like to your newest pursuit in the comments below, if you feel so inclined.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I must get back to practicing my penmanship!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Postcards From The Edge

I'm on the lookout for the abstract in the familiar.  I want to find patterns of light and shade, texture and form where other people see just background or nothing at all.

It is a quest that finds me crouched low and quiet, trying to find the right light and the right angle that might reveal a hidden secret or two.




Friday, July 25, 2014

Diving For Pearls

Conceptually these two pendants have their roots in seaweed fringed rock pools lined with a shimmering array of quartz lined pebbles, barnacle covered rocks with oysters, hiding in the shadowed ledged depths, quietly working on their grit with determination.

Diving For Pearls, pendant, July 2014, Cari-Jane Hakes
Diving For Pearls, detail
I rather surprised myself with these pendants when I finished them.  The ideas for the components was floating and a little fluid, the making and constructing of each piece was like sketching in 3D.

They have a relaxed quality to them which is in stark contrast to the geometry and precision of my production work.

Gold and Green Pebble pendant, July 2014, Cari-Jane Hakes
 They are a welcome departure, a hint of holidays and summer sun.

Gold and Green Pebble pendant, detail
 More photographs and details can be found here.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sparkle-tastic mini cocktail rings

I made these.

Sparkle-tastic ring in rose gold tone
They are simple and beautiful.  No complicated concept or narrative, just sparkle and bling.

stacked with other rings by Cari-Jane Hakes
Great on their own, but they play well with others.

Sparkle-tastic ring in gold tone
In a rose gold tone or golden tone.

stacked with other rings by Cari-Jane Hakes, July 2014
Made to measure, crafted with care and attention. In the Etsy Shop.

Friday, July 11, 2014

'Eat Your Greens' ring

You know you should!  With the right sauce and a little bit of seasoning you know they are going to taste just fine.  And they are GOOD for you.

'Eat Your Greens' ring, Cari-Jane Hakes, July 2014
I've been wondering how to incorporate these little chunks of faceted glass into my work.  A ring seems like a good place to start.

band detail on the 'Eat Your Greens' ring, Cari-Jane Hakes, July 2014
And I've been experimenting with a new texture which I've used on the band of this ring.

'Eat Your Greens' ring, Cari-Jane Hakes, July 2014

Monday, July 7, 2014

Manifesto Necklace

Every now and again I manage to make something that sums up everything.  I know this is a bit of a bold statement, but really, this is all we ever try to do when we make or create things, isn't it? We use our hard won technical and design skills to develop, to construct, to sketch, to engineer, to re-engineer to create a thing that we can hold up to the light and say 'Ahhh, this IS good!'


A Life's Journey, From Here to There and Back Again, Cari-Jane Hakes, July 2014
This is the longest handmade chain I have ever created.  It swings so low that the pebble held tightly in its silver housing swings almost at my waist.  And oh, it is the most perfect little pebble! The whole composition is just pure line and form.  Minimally drawn but with moments of intricate complexity that I hope are balanced out evenly.

As with all designs, now that I test it out there are things I would change, bit I would refine.  Next time, next time.  Until then, this is it.  It sums up everything I try to do and say through the medium of goldsmithing.
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