This year is full of new beginnings and great decisions among them i decided it was time to go back to silversmithing school at CJLX so that i can perfect my technique and to learn new and better ways of doing what i love.
So from today on I will be posting a few photos of the work i’m doing there.
Este ano é cheio de novos inicios e de boas decisões entre elas a de voltar a estudar joalharia no CJLX, para aperfeiçoar a minha técnica e aprender formas novas e melhores de fazer o que amo.
Por isso a partir de hoje vou publicar algumas fotos do trabalho que vou fazendo lá.
Here it is, the place i call my shop. It is only a make shift workbench, but recently I decided to make a wall of inspirational images and now enjoy it even more so I decided to share it with the world.
Aqui está o sitio que chamo de oficina. É apenas uma bancada de trabalho improvisada mas recentemente decidi fazer uma colagem na parede com imagens inspiradoras e agora gosto ainda mais deste meu cantinho por isso decidi partilha-lo com o mundo.
A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to participate in a workshop of chinese (Macau) gold leaf technique in the Museu do Oriente. It was a great experience and I left wanting to somehow introduce the technique in some of my work. Still not quite sure in what way I can use it but I’m sure that will come to me sooner or later. Here are a few pictures I took there and of the one i did at home (it’s a bit weird because the glue aplied in the workshop dried too much and i used one that did not turn out so great).
Há duas semanas tive a oportunidade de participar num workshop de técnica de folha de ouro chinesa (Macau) no Museu do Oriente. Foi uma experiência muito boa e sai de lá a querer introduzir esta técnica, de alguma forma, no meu trabalho. Ainda não tenho bem a certeza de como a poderei usar mas tenho a certeza que me irá ocorrer, mais cedo ou mais tarde. Ficam aqui algumas fotos que tirei lá e também uma do quadradinho que fiz em casa (ficou um bocadinho estranho porque a cola aplicada no workshop secou demais e acabei por usar uma que não resultou lá muito bem).
I am always looking for new techniques online because I think it’s a great source of inspiration and a learning tool. Specially since I didn’t get the chance to complete my silversmith course.
On one of my researches I came across this great tutorial by Jane Font and so decided to try it myself on a little piece of copper that was laying around my atelier.
Although I used silver dust and not metalclay the result was so pretty that I made a ring and earrings with this lovely technique. It really was very fun making this 2 pieces. They are still available.
This ring started to take form wile i was doing a commission piece for a 3D triangular bracelet, that ended up with a hollow design in which i made a triangular “skeleton” out of square silver wire. So for a long time triangles were on my mind along with this song and the result was this very simple and beautiful ring.
All my life i have felt a special connection with trees, during most of my childhood the trees in me grandparents backyard were part of my games and plays. As i grew the connection with trees as living beings as remained almost unchanged, and amongst the trees is always a place i find peace of mind.
So for a long time I tried to bring something of that relationship in to my jewellery design. One day a few fallen branches got my attention and i decided to take them home with me although i didn’t know what to do with them, so the branches ended up living in my working space for a very long time, until one day i finally knew what to do with them.
And so the Dew and Spring necklaces were created. And will soon be joined by a few brothers and sisters, all made with fallen branches.