Monday, April 11, 2016

British Craft Trade Fair

The late nights, the preparation, the line sheets, the printing and the making.  It's a lot for one pair of hands, but I managed and here I am! 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Pearls of Wisdom

I have been working on so many new designs and they are finally ready for photographing. These ones I have been working on for a while they are my 'Pearls of Wisdom' necklaces. 

This one I've engraved with a phrase my Mum used to say to me:

'If a job's worth doing it's worth doing well.'

I find myself saying it my own children (and to myself).

Do you have a phrase or aphorisms that you find yourself saying to the next generation, your colleges or just in your own head? 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Museum of Sheffield

I'm really excited to be part of the Museum of Sheffield's 'Handmade for Christmas' event which is taking place towards the end of October.  They have picked the below pieces of work for this selling exhibition - here's hoping that these find their way under a few Christmas trees in Yorkshire and beyond!

Cari-Jane Hakes, September 2015

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Early morning bling!

I managed to capture a few moments of sparkle before the temperature rose and evaporated these jewels. Nature always looks good, but this morning she was bedecked in a pavĂ© setting of dew.

Nature's bling, September 2015, Cari-Jane Hakes
Nature's bling, September 2015, Cari-Jane Hakes

Friday, May 15, 2015

A Fabulous Friday Feeling

I have been busy with this special private commission this week, amongst other projects.  It is a diffusion from a necklace made as part of my original 'Six Memos for the Next Millennium' series. In this ongoing series I create a piece of jewellery in response to each chapter in the book of the same title by Italio Calvino. This necklace has its foundation in chapter 3 which is titled 'Exactitude'.

Calvino, in this third chapter, writes about exactitude in literature.  He encourages writers to avoid language that is verbose, approximate, careless and random.  In the edit so the writing becomes 'exact',   In response to his I created a piece that represents time, the most exacting quantity I know. Whilst time seems to have an elasticity to it, it expands and contracts depending on our perception, it waits for no man and it is the driving force behind Calvino's call for exactitude.  Time is precious and writing (or design for that matter) needs to be carefully considered, honed and edited.

Six Memos for the Next Millennium, Chapter 3 Exactitude, pendant, April/May 2015, Cari-Jane Hakes
I have a little more polishing and finishing to do on this piece before it goes to London's Assay office for its last detail, a hallmark.  It has been just so lovely to work on this series again - I have some more ideas for the remaining chapters.  More on that soon - until then - Bon Weekend mes amis!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Seascape Ring

I have written before of how often, upon witnessing a mesmerising piece of cinematography or becoming wrapped up in the all encompassing melody of a song, that I often contrast their mastery to the minuteness of my own art and it leaves me feeling a little bereft, sometimes.

Bereft in the sense that their canvases are so large, bereft in the sense that they can employ space and sound and colour and weave them all together into an art that can stand wide and tall.

But then I made this ring.

And I realised that although my canvas may be small I have an advantage over those other art forms in that I actually get to gather real physical ingredients, small hunks of the 'Earth' and create compositions that have a solid, real and permanent presence.

This thing that I do, this goldsmithing and stone setting and cutting and soldering, suddenly didn't seem so small anymore.

This ring was a private commission that was a reinterpretation of my 'Eat Your Greens' ring (which can be found on Etsy here).  The client loved the matt pebble in the Yellow Submarine ring and the leafy texture applied to the stone housing.  The ring needed to be part of the seaside.

I got busy sourcing this most tranquil piece of turquoise.  The organic faceted surface is just beautiful.  The lack of transparency and sparkle make it pebble like whilst the colour is just the perfect evocation of those liquid depths, shifting with time and tide.

Seascape Ring, April 2015, Cari-Jane Hakes
The band is textured with the silhouette of intersecting crests and troughs whilst the back of the stone housing remains firmly planted on dry land with a trademark leaf texture applied deeply into the silver.

I will still compare my art to other disciplines but there is no point in considering the limitations because, to be honest, it just depends what lens you look through.  Perhaps those limitations are actually the foundations of all that is good in this discipline of combining rock and metal.  Perhaps those limitations of scale are actually the root of this discipline's greatest power and advantage. Perhaps wrapped up in this confinement there is a freedom of sorts.

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