Been up and down to London several times over the last 3 weeks. Spent 3 days pounding the streets until my feet hurt, seeing what’s new in jewellery and fashion. Went to Dover Street Market,  Spitalfield Market and Brick Lane ( for the first time ever!!) Checked out Libertys and of course went to all the usual places Lesley Craze, Contemporary Applied Arts and Electrum who are celebrating their 40th Birthday this year.  Also soaked up loads of Art, 13 rooms of Miro at the Tate Modern which was a pretty magical afternoon and I have never really been that crazy about his work. And they have done it again!! Dirt at The Wellcome Collection, amazing exhibition could have spent all day in there. I also treated myself to a couple of bits and pieces……..some colourful plastic stuff from Habitat and some fab rings from Flow Gallery.

My haul of stuff from London :)

7 days of djcad Degree Show Favs – 7 Lorri Smyth

My final fav Textiles graduate Lorri Smyth fantastic use of scrap oriented strand board (OSB) and plywood to make surface pattern, wall pieces and furniture. She has a fantastic blog which takes you through her inspiration, sampling and the whole process of making her Degree Collection.

I just love the colour palette she uses and I have always had a soft spot for OSB as I love the texture of it.


7 days of djcad Degree Show Favs – 5 Sarah Johnston

Today Fine Art student Sarah Johnston her artist statement on the djcad 2011 Degree Show site just says “What’s red and smells like blue paint? Red paint.”

Irreverent and humorous her work concerns the use of internet forums as a way of coping with the unspoken anxieties experienced in daily life.


7 days of djcad Degree Show Favs – 4 Merlin Planterose

Merlin Planterose jeweller and silversmith her work is based on the isolation and nature of The Highlands where she is from.  The main feature of her Degree Collection are raised silver vessels formed by “found” tools such as rocks and made on location in the Highlands. The idea behind this is to create a piece that reflects the harsh rugged nature of its surroundings. She also made a beautiful delicate range of jewellery using simple rounded forms, some with hidden compartments in them and handmade chain.

The way that she uses stones to form and texture the silver creates a beautiful, subtle surface texture and literally turns silver into stone.