Goldsmiths Fair 2013

On the train to Goldsmiths Fair!

So… Its been a while…

Not through lack of things to blog about but because I’ve been prioritising, not just in work but in life too, spending an hour or two doing an update is time that could be spent in the studio or spent squeezing in some me time at the swimming pool.

 

Since finding out that I would be exhibiting at Goldsmiths Fair things have become increasingly busy to the point where friends have asked when I’m going to be human again and when they are going to see me next! The slightly worrying thing is that I don’t seem to notice that life is racing past and I forget even my closest friends Birthdays (sorry Anna!), so I think that the work/life balance is something that definitely needs more consideration when planning events for next year, I’m sure when I’m older I’ll appreciate having had those extra trips to the pool and staying in touch with people I care about. I have my husband to thank for dragging me out to socialise now and then, if it wasn’t for him I would probably end up being a hermit jeweller, getting my groceries delivered and adopting all the neighbourhood cats.

At the moment though I am still very much enjoying things and have the energy and enthusiasm to pull consecutive late nighters in the workshop, keep on top of the housework and do some volunteering. Its just as well as I have the Goldsmiths Fair in London next week from the 23rd-29th, Lustre in Nottingham from the 8th-10th of November, Selected at the Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh from the 29th of November till the 21st of December and then in early 2014 I’ll be participating in another exciting event that I can’t reveal yet! On the volunteering side of things I am the youngest (by a long shot) director of The Isle Martin Trust which manages our beautiful community asset Isle Martin.

little me on Isle Martin in the 1990’s. Wish I still had that dress, what an awesome print!

As well as all that I have had some commissions including a lovely set of wedding bands for some friends Nick and Annie. The clients wanted to use some sentimental old gold jewellery as well as some new Scottish gold that Nick had panned for, this resulted in two rings that had far more meaning than something off the shelf.

Congratulations!
Made using the clients old jewellery. Melted down and cast into wire to form the rings with granulation details in Scottish panned for gold. Romantic indeed!