Monday, April 29, 2013

The Proverbial Brooch - Part 2

The resin is in and has hardened.

Prototype - The Proverbial Brooch, Cari-Jane Hakes, April 2013
An interesting array of micro bubbles have peppered the interior.  I am unsure if this adds or detracts from the composition.  It is the first resin pour I have done in a while (the last one I did was for a student project some time ago).

Prototype - The Proverbial Brooch, Cari-Jane Hakes, April 2013
Now I am constantly thinking 'hmm, I wonder if I could encapsulate that?' as I hold small specimens of twig or petal aloft.

What would you preserve in resin?

Friday, April 26, 2013

Of Land And Sea And All That Rests In-between

Rock pools are rather magnificent things, don't you think? A teeny tiny territory that is so often submerged and out of reach until the shift and tumble of the moon sucks the tidal waters out a little further.  And then, oh, the aquatic treasures and shiny hidden secrets that are revealed!

I held all of this and more in my mind as I crafted this little rock pool from silver sheet.  I added tiny details of plants from the land and pondered on those spaces in-between.  Liminal zones of temporary inhabitation and invasion.

I poured the resin in and waited and waited for it to harden.  The result has a kind of suspended luminosity.  It is a rather mesmerising piece.  I have to keep holding in my hand just to feel its weight and peer into its captured stillness.

branch detail from 'Of Land And Sea And All That Rests In-between' necklace, Cari-Jane Hakes, April 2013
I added this little 'branch' to represent the Land and imprinted the back with a hydrangea petal, a texture which I find perfectly fits onto a circle and has the look of fan coral about it.

detail of back face of pendant, Cari-Jane Hakes, April 2013
I rather like the ambiguity therefore of this hydrangea petal texture.  It could be from the land or it could be from the sea.

I have actually used a rather beautiful lichen to rest within the 'pool', again, playing with the idea of Land and Sea.

Finally, I've added a little customisable brass disc to be punched with the initial of whomever claims this little perfect pool for themselves!

Elsewhere, the Hybrid Handmade Husband has been hard at work creating a pair of 'Iron Man' mojito shoes (as you do).  And yes, that is an 'arc reactor' in the heel in case you were wondering.  They were unveiled at the London premier of the film last week.

Julian Hakes London, Mojito shoe with Disney/Marvel for Iron Man 3 

Bon Weekend mes amis!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A Proverbial Brooch

The spring willow bundles of softness and downy grey fluff from my previous 'Details' post had to be captured, treasured and preserved in some way.

Work in Progress, The Proverbial Brooch, Cari-Jane Hakes, April 2013
The resulting work in progress is this pure euclidean receptacle.  The willows are packed in like emperor penguins sheltering from a stiff northern icy blast of wind.

The Proverbial brooch, view of back detail, Cari-Jane Hakes, April 2013
The brooch mechanism frames a short verse from Proverbs which reads

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future"

Time to mix up some resin and do some encapsulating!

Monday, April 15, 2013

And it was all yellow...

Bits of Yellow, April 2013, Cari-Jane Hakes
Above, some treasures gleaned and gathered over the weekend.

Ingredients: lichen, pine cone, daffodil, wood pigeon feather

A certain colour began to dominate to such an extent that it began to influence what I wore out and about today!

What I wore today, April 15 2013, Cari-Jane Hakes
Ingredients: daffodil yellow jumper and necklace by Top Shop, Big Submarine ring by Cari-Jane Hakes, willow pollen, forsythia flowers, box hedge leaves.

Are there any colours taking over your little corner of the world today?

Friday, April 12, 2013


Part of the way I design often involves getting completely obsessed with one tiny thing.  I think the origin of this could lie partly in the way I was taught design.

As fledgling architects we were taught to pay attention to the details.  We were taught that a successful building could often be 'read' through its details and that we could take a macro design concept and run it right through our design projects.  I'm not talking about a slavish repetition of a motif or colour; in architectural design it could often be something much more subtle.  Perhaps the concept would involve an attitude to the way the light entered a building or it would encompass utilising a family of materials in a consistent way.  All of this would aim to achieve a cohesive voice that could be seen manifest in the smallest of details scaling up to the way, for example, the structure was organised.

With this architectural focus in mind I have been concentrating on and thinking about these tiny natural details and wondering how they will find their way into my work.

Salix Caprea, April 2013, Cari-Jane Hakes
And have you noticed, once you get focused on something it seems to pop up everywhere?

Monday, April 8, 2013

Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start

I have finally begun my Sketchbook Project for the Brooklyn Art Library in New York.  You can find out more about the project here and see my two previous contributions to this project in 2011 here and 2012 here.  This time, instead of being part of the 2013 tour I've decided to participate in one of the smaller tours.  I chose the 1,703 Miles and Back tour partly because my last two submissions have been about travelling, exploring and searching.  Time to complete the triptych.

And what better place to start than the cover.

Cover, The Sketchbook Project, 1,703 Miles and Back tour 2013, Cari-Jane Hakes
Inspiration came from here:

cover inspiration - LAND
and here:

cover inspiration - SEA
The deadline for the finished submission is mid August so expect a few updates in the coming months.  Right, time to get sketching on that first blank page!

Details, cover, The Sketchbook Project, Cari-Jane Hakes
There is an 'inspiration' board over on Pinterest, see here.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Some Fabulous Fishing for a Friday

I went to my old fishing ground to cast my net...

Foraging for colour, texture and pattern, April 2013, Cari-Jane Hakes
The going was a little slippery underfoot but visibility was good, the wind was light and the weather was, well, the weather was a little chilly.  I think the haul was fairly impressive though.

Bon Weekend mes amis!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Cinema v's Jewellery

I listened to Danny Boyle, the film director, describe the influence other great film makers have had on his work, namely Nicolas Roeg, and in particular the part this has played in Boyle's latest film, Trance.

And I quote:

"(Roeg) emphasised how unique cinema is in dealing with time present.  Time present encompasses time past, time future, time imagined, memories, illusions, all of it passes as real, as present in front of you.  I don't think there is any other medium, other than cinema, that does that; that immerses you in a time present which is a construct of the film makers all-making, really."

D. Boyle interviewed by M. Kermode and S. Mayo on BBC Radio 5

After listening to such a description,  I couldn't help but look at my chosen mode of artistic expression and find it lacking somewhat!

I do this with paintings too.  I survey the expanded canvas and think how wonderful it must be to have so much space to explore an idea.  I admire the way that some paintings are able to project outwards and construct a kind of emotional architecture of ideas and themes around them.

Memory Locket, March 2013, Cari-Jane Hakes
Then, I was commissioned to produce a beautiful personal piece of jewellery.  The design is a variation on the Memory Locket that I created last year (more on that here).  This piece is more traditional in that the photograph is hidden from view by a protective silver disc.  A hidden private interior worn close to the heart.  The beauty and simplicity of the hydrangea petal and pearl become the front of this memory locket.

It is a piece that will mean the world and more to its intended recipient.

And I know that there is no other art form that can achieve what is represented here in silver, pearl, leaf and paper.

Each artistic endeavour has its own way of shifting perception, creating emotion, making a declaration (the list could continue ad infinitum).  Each artistic endeavour creates its own 'magic'.

Danny Boyle has his way and I have mine.
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