The Staffordshire Hoard

8 04 2016

This is old news, I know … but I was watching a documentary recently (oooh I know, I do that a whole lot) and the images of the Staffordshire Hoard were truly stunning.

screen shot from documentary

screen shot from documentary

The detail of these gold and garnet weapon adornments are astonishing.

screen shot from documentary

screen shot from documentary

Can you imagine being on the conservation team who are the lucky ones to be slowly removing the soil from each of the little cells (with individually cut garnets, some of less than 1mm wide) and revealing the gorgeousness ….

or the gold work like in the pieces below …

or working as one of the volunteer documentation assistants!

screen shot from documentary

screen shot from documentary

Cannot wait until all of this is documented or displayed in its entirety all in one place (it seems that only some of the pieces are displayed, and they are spread across locations).

Social media musings

3 04 2016

There have been many grumblings about the changes to Instagram lately. I would probably pay more attention if I used it more than I do – I use it with enthusiasm to see other people’s things, but not so much to publish my own. I’m a content consumer, less a content maker.

I’ve recently been having some thoughts on how Instagram is being used by makers and galleries …

I like to follow my favourite makers and galleries and pages via both Facebook and Instagram. I think that showing support – genuine support of course, not the if-I-like-you-I-expect-you-to-like-me kind of faux-support – is an important part of acknowledging the amazingness of others and for building a community of like-minded people.

However I do get a bit jaded when I see the same image repeated on both platforms.

My own personal rule is to (try to) only publish unique images to Instagram – images that are not repeated on my blog (linked to my Facebook page), though more often than not they’re related to a story on the blog.

Have Instagram users found that they have a remarkably different interaction with their images on Facebook compared to Instagram? Perhaps that’s why the repetition/replication is worthwhile – perhaps the audience is quite different, and those of us who are duplicated (ie. interacting with both platforms) are in the minority.

No doubt marketing experts will tell me that repetition is more valuable than unique images – that the fact that I notice the duplication is the whole point, for recognising the image is proving that I’m paying more attention to that maker / gallery / image.

I’m such a light-weight user of Instagram for the purposes of this blog that the changes in that respect may not impact me. However as an avid reader of other people’s feed, the changes probably will annoy me.

Do you know what other platforms are being moved to in reaction?

More historic jewellery

18 06 2014

In more documentary-watching news … this is a magnificent pectoral (really just a pendant) from Egypt’s Middle Kingdom: the Senwosret III Pectoral (Egyptian Museum, Cairo).

screen shot from documentary, approx 7min mark

screen shot from documentary, approx 7min mark

From the second film in the BBC series ‘Treasures of Ancient Egypt‘.

Particularly entertaining is the commentators description of it as a ‘despot’s bauble: it’s sinister and dazzling, it’s alluring and also toxic … kind of like the jewellery equivalent of a poisonous orchid‘.

It’s gold and while it looks like enamel it’s actually set turquoise, carnelian and lapiz lazuli.

Historic bling

12 05 2014

I’ve been hiding myself in documentaries lately.

Tonight is: BBC Lost Cities of the Ancients (3of3) “The Dark Lords of Hattusha”.

This is the image I’ve fallen in love with.

screen shot of doco.

screen shot of doco.

Assyrian bling I believe.