Monday, February 24, 2014

A Monday Morning Mosaic

1. Day 8: Afternoon light in the deep north, 2. frost day, 3. Base sous-marine, 4. De kunstenaar en zijn collectie- Agnes Schreiner, 5. Spring is really here! And it's beautiful!!!, 6. Above the San Andreas Fault, Salt Creek, and the Salton Sea, Riverside County, California, 7. Preen by Thornton Bregazzi RTW Fall 2014! @preenbythorntonbregazzi @britishfashioncouncil #LFW @troy_wise @5by5forever #preenbythorntonbregazzi #supermodels #fashion #uk #british #england #starwars #fashionphotography #runway #london #runwaylooks #londonf, 8. Preen by Thornton Bregazzi RTW Fall 2014! @preenbythorntonbregazzi @britishfashioncouncil #LFW @troy_wise @5by5forever #preenbythorntonbregazzi #supermodels #fashion #uk #british #england #starwars #fashionphotography #runway #london #runwaylooks #londonf, 9. GILES (Official Runway Photos) – London Fashion Week AW14 Autumn Winter 2014 – #LFW – February 17, 2013 – Photos distributed by Mainstream, via Judith Brett at RMO-COMMS, 10. london fashion week lfw 2011, 11. The nights of all my youth, 12. Saman, 13. A little dam, 14. Constellations Stone 8, 15. Live out loud #inspiration #motivation #photofy #photofyapp @photofyapp, 16. I've got a pocket full of sunshine....
Goodness, I don't know about you but I have a 'to do' list as long as my arm! Lots of things I don't want to do and lots of things I'm not even sure how to do - 'it always seems impossible until it's done' is ringing in my head (probably from Pinterest).

Time to attack!  On ward!

Here's hoping your Monday morning list is achievable and challenging in equal measure.

Friday, February 21, 2014

A Really Rather Remarkable Thing

I walk the land to feel at home.  I walk against the wind and through it to join the dots between where I have been and where I am now.

A Really Rather Remarkable Thing, February 2014, Cari-Jane Hakes
And whilst I collect the treasure fallen on soft ground and hold it to the light to examine its fragility, its strength, its beauty I remember what has been and what will be.

A Really Rather Remarkable Thing, February 2014, Cari-Jane Hakes
This colour stands out against the wintered fronds.  A carapace that has dissolved and blown away on the swoop and gather of a northern gust leaves us a casual glimpse of a small balanced sphere, held carefully by fiber-ed segments.

A Really Rather Remarkable Thing, February 2014, Cari-Jane Hakes
A tiny cathedral.  A perforated space of light and air.  Treasure within, beauty inside.

A Really Rather Remarkable Thing, February 2014, Cari-Jane Hakes
A truly remarkable thing indeed.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

London Fashion Week, People by Marcus Dawes

When I turned 40 years young last year I decided I wasn't going to go quietly into my 4th decade. To this end, I have declined to clad myself in demure shades of camel and charcoal and have instead begun to accessories with raspberry and smurf blue!  I don't do this to draw attention to myself, this is not the primary aim, mostly I do it because it is a joyful addition to the sea of dark winter coats that I move through.  I do it in an evangelical way.  To spread the word of colour and hue.  And if it raises a wry smile from a passerby and brightens their day (even if it is only to laugh at me) then so much the better!

During London Fashion Week I felt perhaps like a small bird who had come home to roost for a while with other fowl of similar feather.

People by Marcus Dawes for The Daily
Thank you Marcus for taking my picture and making my day (bottom left corner).  I have to say, it was a most joyful start to Day 5 when I picked up my copy of 'The Daily'.  Mwah mwah darling, and see you next season.

A Manifesto Ring for Saint Valentines Day

Hot off the bench this week - this little beauty.  A ring packed full of history and place, promise and things to come.

The client for this ring asked me if I could imprint the silver with a leaf from a special place.  Well of course, I said, and so they posted it to me and I rolled an autumn weather worn oak leaf from Epping Forest into the crisp silver surface of the ring band.

It is rather wonderful, don't you think, that through sites like Etsy and Notonthehighstreet, people have the ability to employ their own personal jeweller.  They get to commission a piece, a bit of couture (I'd go as far to say) made to their exact specification and often incorporating highly personal details that make the piece unique to them.

The Manifesto Ring, Cari-Jane Hakes, February 2014

Today also marks the first day of London Fashion Week. I've swopped my workshop apron for some glad rags and am happily set up in the East Wing of Somerset House on the edge of the River Thames.

I'm delighted to be sporting a pair of metallic green mojitos for the day. Roses are red, violets are blue as are my tights too!  Happy St. Valentine's Day mes amis and a bon weekend.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Work in Progress - producing a design for

I love the custom work that I do.  There is something VERY special about working with a client to produce a unique piece, tailored just for them.  Often, I am part of a big secret or a surprise.  I work away, creating a magical thing that will be presented on a special day.  I know that the recipient will be a little overwhelmed by the thought and fore planning that will have gone into the piece they have been presented with.  Often there are tears, good tears.  I always feel very privileged and honored to be part of this.

Since becoming accepted as a Partner on Notonthehighstreet I have been keen to develop designs that have a wider appeal but still retain the hallmarks of my design aesthetic.  To this end I've been developing 'The Day My World Changed' pendant.

Jewellery is often tied up with big life events.  We adorn our bodies with these tiny wearable sculptures and in so doing we map out a historical version of our life which we carry with us in the present.  Defining moments from our past, tiny pieces that act as a physical remembrance and go some way to explaining the essence of 'us'.  They are almost a kind of removable tattoo.

The Day My Life Changed, Cari-Jane Hakes, February 2014
Now, I love my epic 'take a week to make' pieces but when you need to turn around an order and get it in the post the next day, the time to craft a piece becomes very important.  Balanced against this, I still wanted to retain that 'one of a kind' / personal jeweller feel.  Central to this piece, obviously, is the actual date and time that each individual person's life changed.  This is carefully stamped onto each strip of silver before each 'day' is formed into a ring.

The Day My Life Changed, Cari-Jane Hakes, February 2014
I'm excited to see what defining dates people come up with.  What dates would you choose to imprint in silver and wear close to your heart?

Monday, February 10, 2014

A Mosaic for a Monday

1. Untitled, 2. Untitled, 3. Untitled, 4. come and get it, 5. barnacles and ice, 6. Mountain Hare Running, 7. Mountain Hare, 8. Cairngorm, 9. Cairngorm, 10. Cairngorm from Loch Morlich, 11. Scotland, 12. [:], 13. Crater Lake, OR, 14. IMG_6230, 15. IM#2, 16. February 7th.
There is still a bit of a chill in the air around these Monday Mosaics.  I went for a wander on flickr and visited the Cairngorms in Scotland for some of these pictures.  Elsewhere, more solitary figures, striking out on explorations of sorts - a mirror perhaps of the sometimes solitary work life I lead in my workshop (which is balanced, you'll be glad to hear, with plenty of busy, noisy, people filled times too).

Also for your Monday enjoyment, may I recommend the rather fabulous Gemma Correll (some one who I follow on flickr) who has just released an equally fabulous book, A Punderful Life, which can be purchased here.  Her witty drawings always bring a smile to my face.  Find out more about Gemma on her website by clicking here.  She is also a fellow Society6 artist - the below image is taken from her shop over on Society6.  Much joy indeed!

Gemma Correll on Society6
Preparations are afoot (pun intended) here in the Hybrid Handmade House for London Fashion Week.  I'm hoping to bring you some updates from Somerset House - first of all, I've got to figure out what on earth I'm going to wear.  Somehow, I don't think my workshop apron is going to cut it!

Friday, February 7, 2014

A Fabulous Friday Feeling

I know I often tag the Hybrid Handmade Husband's exploits onto the end of posts about what is happening on my workbench but on this occasion I thought I'd give him top billing - just this one time you understand, I'm not going to make a habit of it!

I do think talking at a Tedx event warrants a post of his very own!  The talk begins with some of the architectural projects we worked on together, before talking specifically about 'THE shoe'.

Enjoy mes amis!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

A Birthday Locket

I finished this locket off a couple of weeks back for a client that got in touch with me last year asking if I could modify my hydrangea petal and pearl memory 'locket' so that it could actually open, in the traditional sense of a locket, to accept a private picture of her beloved sons.

You may remember, I finished the prototype just before the end of the year (see here).  It is my client's birthday today so I know that I can reveal her locket here as she will probably be wearing it today!

Locket for Rebecca by Cari-Jane Hakes, February 2014
There is something very beautiful about a hidden interior in a piece of jewellery, a secret pocket into which hopes, dreams and memories are locked away.  A delicate exterior of wintered hydrangea petal is an effective shield.  A delicate pattern of veins (which brings to mind images of Venus fan coral) preserved in silver.  A hint that there is more to this piece than meets the eye is given with the pearl in its sheltered cylindrical housing.

I love the conceptual associations of the pearl and the way that these wrap around the aphorism 'pearls of wisdom'.  The way that an irritation, an impurity, an annoyance can be worked on to produce a thing of luminous beauty.  It is how we gain our wisdom after all.  Our trials and tribulations, the way in which we resolve the grit that is thrown our way, these become our pearls.

Can all of this be bound up in an inanimate piece of jewellery?  Yes, I think so.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Monday Mosaic

Another micro mosaic for this Monday morning, easing us into the briefest of months that is February - blink and you'll miss it!  Goodness, we are three days in already, I better get my skates on!  And so I will leave you with a promise of the pink blush of spring, flying sparks, the northern lights and remote sparse landscapes.  Just a few pickings from my flickr friends.  Click on the links below to find out more about the authors of these poetic pictures.

1. Let there be light, 2. Awesome, 3. I love ranunculus - {Explore}, 4. Sulla sella del diavolo - #21 Explore, 5. From a visit to the Lake Ontario, 6. Freezing rain in Toronto, 7. the storr, 8. yesnaby III, 9. Yesnaby V, 10. don valley, 11. paper back with twigs (detail), 12. tea tags with circles and dots, 13. self, 14. Frozen, 15. Counting Stars, 16. night falls

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