Saturday, May 31, 2014

Where the Wild Things Are

Into the wild, scrambling on rock, finding small footholds, grappling, sidestepping, holding onto exposed roots.  Into a space, slowly carved by water and grit and stone.  Tiny microns and molecules scoured, floating away over thousands of years; making the span of our lifetime seem rather brief.
Goathland, Yorkshire, Cari-Jane Hakes, May 2014

Tiny Landscapes within the Whole, May 2014, Cari-Jane Hakes
A verdant flush of vegetation clings and blooms on every surface.  By the waterfall, the air feels supercharged as we breath in liquid air, a saturated mixture that is displaced and disapates, pushing past us on a chilled breeze.

And on we go, searching out some place, with the promise of refreshments for weary small legs. Through and into and out of the wild.

Friday, May 23, 2014

In Praise of Side Projects - or why it's ok to make mistakes

I tried to make a ring inspired by the 'What I Caught in My Net' photographs that sometimes get published in this space.  I had in my mind a winding strand of silver into which various stones would be casually caught; delicately balanced and lightly held.  I wanted the ring to have a casualness about it; flotsam and jetsam.

I made this ring as part of my side project for this year, the EtsyMetal 3xR challenge which is proving to be very challenging indeed.

And actually, pretty much everything went wrong with this ring.  The strands of the 'net' became too thin, the number of coils had to be reduced and the stone's housing should, on reflection, have been soldered in between the strands, not on top of them.

Net Ring, week 17 Etsy Metal 3xR Challenge 2014
But despite of all the things that are wrong with this ring I rather love it.  In fact, it is perhaps its imperfections that give the ring some of the casualness I was after.  The texture to the band is not what I was expecting but it has become my new favourite way of patterning silver.

band detail, Cari-Jane Hakes, May 2014
More net rings, coming soon.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Making Beauty, Finding Beauty

I am a maker of beautiful things.  I don't intend that to be a boastful claim; I feel that it is part of my job description.  Often my first thought on hearing of a friend in need is 'what can I make for them?'.  If I am too far away to offer a shoulder to cry on then I conclude that sending them something beautiful will some how lessen the pain.  Well, it is my hope.

As a maker of beautiful things I am always on the hunt for the beautiful; be it in tone, colour, shape or form.

Honeysuckle and Lupin, May 2014, Cari-Jane Hakes
It's easy to find in stick and steam - perhaps the greatest skill of all is finding beauty where there seems to be none.  In those places, the beauty is less physically obvious; found instead in the corner of a smile or a kind gesture.  

Indeed, I am a maker of beautiful things and I hope that I never take for granted that great privilege and the ability to walk out, in freedom, to find and photograph and collect all that is beautiful.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mosaic Monday

A Monday Mosaic full of filtered light, the edges of things, high quiet mountainous spaces and wide plains of light and shifted dapple.

1. Saturdays, 2. Autumn in Porthleven, 3. Stone on stone, 4. Macro Of A Dead Platanus Occidentalis Fruit, 5. Prairie creek, 6. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, 7. Lilly #thatsftree, 8. Untitled, 9. Untitled

Friday, May 9, 2014

A Fabulous Friday Feeling

Flying off the bench this week, a custom order through Etsy, taking one of my favourite designs, the pebble and pearl ring (which you can see here) and increasing the size of the pearl.

Pearl and Pebble ring, Cari-Jane Hakes, May 2014
I love the contrast between the matt surface of the limestone pebble and the sheen of the pearl.  It was a lovely one to make.

Also on Etsy, I added a little bit of extra Queen Anne's Lace to this resin pendant before it was posted out to a client celebrating their 8th wedding anniversary.

Queen Anne's Lace pendant, Cari-Jane Hakes, May 2014
Elsewhere, I have been super busy developing some new products for  With Father's Day fast approaching, it was time to develop some cuff-links.  You can see what I've been up to here (Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve cuff links) and here (Family Tree cuff links).

KOKO TV did a wee interview with me when I was helping the Hybrid Handmade Husband at London Fashion Week back in February this year.  They posted it up on YouTube a couple of weeks ago and I've only just mustered the courage to post it here.  Now, you should know, that this is my posh "London Fashion Week, oh my goodness, I've got a big camera pointed at me" voice.  I think in everyday life, I probably sound a lot different.  Enjoy!

ps: yes they did spell my name wrong
pps: also featuring jewellery by Cari-Jane Hakes (obviously)
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