Fixed cufflinks

16 09 2013

A little while back I made a group of cufflinks for Lord Coconut, but I wasn’t happy with the bezel finish.

I’ve reset them (after a recent breakthrough) and am much happier now!

sterling silver, tiffany blue, mother of pearl, navy; image not to be reproduced without permission

sterling silver, tiffany blue, mother of pearl, navy; image not to be reproduced without permission

Yes, they do look better.





More cufflinks

9 09 2013

Another little delivery for Lord Coconut.

stock for early Sep13; image not to be reproduced without permission

stock for early Sep13; image not to be reproduced without permission

The blue colouring won over the sunshine / desert / 70s colouring for the oval pair. Though the orange/brown colours are likely to make an appearance in the near future I feel.

I think I’ve worked a good solution to fix my problem with the bezels on the previous set of round cufflinks. The bezel is just shy of 3mm high, so I’ve inserted an extra panel of 1mm perspex under the weave as well as on top of the weave. It makes the bezel to set very small, and therefore easier to manipulate and finish. So much happier! The ones in the photograph are a restock of the navy colour.





New colours

4 09 2013

Both of the complex oval cufflink pairs I had with Lord Coconut sold this last month. I know! Hoorah!

Now, to make new a colour combination for a new pair.

I’m thinking about re-purposing the below weave. The cufflink is approx. 25mm by 15mm, so will not be as large as this panel; so I’m thinking of only just near the edge of the darker colour and a few lines of the white.

weave

weave

I originally made this as part of the Christmas earrings for the Studio 20/17 ‘Deck the Walls‘ showcase last year. The earrings I had planned for this weave misbehaved; they were very large, and I didn’t feel they’d be successful (I made the earrings in the order of their size, and by the time I made the Jumpsuit” pair I thought any bigger would be too big), and made a smaller pair to replace this pair instead.

Anyway, I called the colour-way “Roller-Racer” – it reminds me of the 70s onesies with stripes down the side. I imagine a roller-skating racer in a slinky jumpsuit rolling around with her Farrah Fawcett hairdo …

They are very 70s colours, also reminding me of the decor colouring, the ashtrays, the wallpapers, etc.

Too much 70s perhaps?

Thoughts? Ideas? Other colour suggestions?

If you were buying cufflinks for someone special, what colours would you choose?





My piece for ‘Art of the Cuff’

23 08 2013

As I did last year, I am once again participating in Lord Coconut‘s ‘Art of the Cuff‘ exhibition.

I like the premise and last year some amazing works were created by a diverse range of artists and makers – I can’t wait to see what is submitted this year.

Cuff; image not to be reproduced without permission

Cuff; image not to be reproduced without permission

My work for the exhibition is titled ‘may the protection of the ancestors be yours‘.

The text is taken from my favourite poem ‘Beannact (for Josie)‘; which was also an inspiration for work in my RMIT years. One of the verses is:
“May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.”

Cuff; image not to be reproduced without permission

Cuff; image not to be reproduced without permission

The black dots represent the text in braille. And again yes, it is on woven paper and silver, which just makes sense to me to combine with textiles (for that was the original inspiration for the weaving).

The reference to braille was brought about by the proximity of the cuff to the hand … this has been in my ‘ideas archive’ for quite some time, so I am happy it has finally made it to physical form.

I decided to bind the cuff together instead of making a cufflink … by way of binding the protection and making a wrist amulet of sorts.

[After making this I went back through the photographs from last year’s exhibition and saw that another artist also made the connection of cuff to braille; I wasn’t consciously aware of that object when I was making mine, but the convergence of ideas always fascinates me.]

And I love how the silver scatters the morning light…

Cuff; image not to be reproduced without permission

Cuff; image not to be reproduced without permission

Art of the Cuff‘ will be at Lord Coconut from 18th September to 6th October 2013.