Thursday, June 28, 2012

Hybrid Handmade Weddings, the story continues...

A while back I had the honour of creating these bridesmaid's necklaces - it was rather nice making one for myself.

I decided that the wedding present to celebrate the occasion should be a piece of jewellery - but I wasn't sure on the exact form that it would take.  I always knew that it would evolve from the big day itself.  It would take elements from the wedding day and preserve them in silver.  In doing so, a little bit of the spirit of that day could be enjoyed and worn everyday.
27 August 2011, Battersea, London
And so, after some careful thought (and a practice run for my Mum's 60th birthday, which you can see here) and some sketching and some more thought I developed this:
Pour ma petite soeur, June 2012
Ingredients: A handmade, from scratch, chain (even the little circular links, from 0.8mm wire), a photograph of the bride's bouquet, an imprint of the leaves from the groom's button hole and a single pearl from my paternal grandmother.

To be hand delivered, soon.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Loopy about Lupins

I've been sketching these little inflated flower pods this weekend.  They have a kind of boat shaped / keel like portion which remains sealed at the top until the seed pod takes over the fragility of the whole composition.

Lupins, June 2012, Cari-Jane Hakes
The world needs more lupins in my humble opinion and I'm doing my bit to this end by having a little lupin nursery by my back door.  I have 10 or 15 little lupins ready to plant and hopefully one day I'll be able to look out and see something a bit like this!  (Photograph by Simon Verrall)

Elsewhere today, I finished a particularly difficult handmade chain.  It took FOREVER to make.  It took so long I began to doubt in my ability to make this kind of work commercially viable.  As it turns out - this piece is a gift and so the commercial element doesn't really come into it.  More pictures of this rather lovely piece soon!  Until then mes amis, don't forget to stop and smell the flowers.

Handmade chain checking, June 2012

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

My Seasonal Migration

Perhaps a little later than planed - but I have made the move from my winter atelier out into the potting shed - or what will now, henceforth, be know as the summer studio!

Summer Studio, 20 July 2012, 2215 hrs 
It takes a bit of doing I'll say!  There are some bits of furniture which like to create a bit of a fuss, they grumble and groan and complain.  In any-case they are all now happily installed and I must say I'm feeling rather energised by the whole process.

Maybe I will update my blog banner tomorrow with the new layout (and the much much longer hair!).

Bonne nuit mes amis.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

What I caught in my net

There is a fence that runs along the top of the beach.  There are no signs to indicate that one should not enter but I always feel somewhat furtive when I roam there.  It is like a kind of secret garden and I'm always amazed at the variety of plants that seem to thrive in such bare and often harsh conditions.

I tread carefully and lightly and here are some of the treasures I caught in my 'net'.

I think these mossy stars are my favourite 'catch of the day'.  I've tried taking bits of this constellation home with me but it doesn't seem to thrive in my salt free garden so today I curtailed my impulse to scoop up a little handful of it.  But, oh, it is such magical stuff.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Friday, June 15, 2012

A Fabulous Friday Feeling


the wind is picking up!  I'm rather glad.  I'm hoping it will bundle up all the stresses and strains of the past week and blow them off somewhere else.

Time out and about with my little apprentices is on the cards this weekend.  Here is hoping that where ever you are the wind is blowing in some fine weekend weather for a spot of rambling and roving.

Tomorrow, as they say mes amis, is another day!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Really Rather Remarkable Thing

It all got a bit much so I took myself out for a walk.  I just turned my back on it all and walked out the gate, turned right and headed off into the golden light peeling off the setting sun.  Under normal circumstances I can't do this.  Or if I do, I would have had to take my two small apprentices with me.  But on this occasion, with an extra pair of hands around the Hybrid Handmade Home I was able to just go.

I gathered a few things as I walked.  I'm not sure I can venture out anywhere without gleaning a few fronds or pebbles (depending on which side of the high tide mark I'm roaming).

I took these photographs today after this little bloom had begun the stretch and straighten its limbs.

But the photographs I really rather like are the ones I took right after my 'walking out on all my responsibilites' walk.  The lines and patterns created by the tiny stalks wove a perfect tiny ribbed structure, delicately arched and coloured with an ombre of green to pink.

What a really rather remarkable thing it is!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Postie postie

I had some postcards printed up by the lovely people at Moo (who I also use for my business cards too) and there are a few sets of them in the Hybrid Handmade shop.  I take a lot of photographs when I'm out and about.  I collect colours, textures, patterns and strange and magical things that I find in tidal pools.  All these things above and below the high tide line feed into my work.  They weave through my sketches and become hammered out in silver and copper and brass.

Pink Flowers, Cari-Jane Hakes, June 2012
You can write on the back of them and send them off to someone and brighten their day or frame them and bring a dash of the Hybrid Handmade Home to your house!

They come in a pack of 4 - each card is different.  I hope you like them!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Sometimes it just has to be pretty

I freed myself from complex conceptual concerns for this one and told myself it just had to be pretty.  A little brooch for an 8 year old girl.  I had fun.  Sometimes that is all jewellery has to be - a bit of fun and a dash of frivolity!

Pour Manon, Cari-Jane Hakes, June 2012

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

All those who wander....

I've been working on some new pieces (based on old ideas as evidenced here) that take those wandering quartz lines written through beach worn pebbles and extends them beyond the boundaries of the 'stone'.

'All those who wander..' prototype, Cari-Jane Hakes, June 2012
This one is made from silver plated copper and brass with dark prussian blue seed beads continuing the path suggested by the lines in the pebble.  There is also a suggestion here of people ON the path, they meet and continue hand in hand.  It's true, I am a romantic at heart.  There is no better story than 'how we met' in my opinion.  It surfaces all the time in my jewellery.  Added to all of that is the hidden void inside the 'pebble'.  This is barely visible.  The holes are tiny, 0.7mm in diameter to be precise.  But they are big enough to let the wind and the air pass through.  There is a space inside, dimly lit, perforated and gently held on dark glass strings.

'All those who wander...' , edge detail, Cari-Jane Hakes, June 2012
Maquets should really be a bit more rough and ready; executed quickly and efficiently.  A perfunctory test before turning to the precious metals, saw in hand.

'All those who wander..' , edge detail, Cari-Jane Hakes June 2012
I don't work like this.  I need to see the beauty as I go along.  As it reveals itself it gives me the confidence to go on.  Often it is a little reticent to show its face, however, I've been in this game long enough to know that if you just keep going, it will eventually show up.

texture on 'All those who wander...' prototype, Cari-Jane Hakes, June 2012
I love this texture.  I collect the tiny granules of silver that fall from my saw and use them to silver plate my copper models.  I want to see how the piece will look when it is made from the precious white metal.
'All those who wander...' necklace prototype, Cari-Jane Hakes, June 2012
Now, not only did I finish this little maquet but I learned a new hair trick from Kaitlyn Patience - you can see how to do this fabulous 'up do' here on her even more fabulous 'Is a Virtue' blog.  Thank you Kaitlyn - this went down well at last night's apéritifs!

Post Scriptus: Kaitlyn also has an Etsy shop which you can visit by clicking here.  I've included a screen shot of her shop below - she has a rather lovely selection of stationery, journals and envelopes.

isavirtue, Etsy shop owned by Kaitlyn Patience

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

June Desktop

After the last ponderous post it seemed a natural choice to pick this little pebble ring for the June desktop image.  It is one of the first pieces I made for the Etsy shop.  I am reliably informed that it has been in no fewer than 26 Etsy treasuries and has made it to the front page of Etsy.  Maybe you would like it to be featured on your computer screen?  
June Desktop image 1600px wide, Cari-Jane Hakes
If you do then all you have to do is click on the image above or below, save it to your desktop and then use your settings menu (or equivalent) to change your background desktop image.  Incase you have a screen that is a little smaller than 1600 pixels wide,  here is the 1280 pixel version.

June Desktop image, 1280 px wide, Cari-Jane Hakes
I rather pleased with the way the numbers for this month make a neat little block.  Other things I'm rather pleased with at the moment include:

:: the way the wind sounds when it blows through the wheat fields that line the route I take on my bike to get into the next village.  It sounds like a bolt of silk falling from a cutting table, but without the jarring crash, bang, wallop bit at the end.  Instead just a constant stream of falling fabric.  

:: the alliums, lupins and snap dragon flowers that have popped up in my front garden.  

:: finding new songs to listen to as I work in the atelier like this one by The Lumineers and this one by Little Scream.

:: the same wheat fields showing the impression of the wind as it gently creates little pools of compressed fronds that refract the light in a shifting shimmering way and move across the top surface like mercury.

What things are pleasing you in your corner of the world?
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