I have been carrying out so many amazing projects recently. And as ever it has been a challenge to keep you up to date with everything. I just have to share this one with you as it has been a joy to be part of. The project itself was to produce a bespoke piece of jewellery for a private client. The brief was to incorporate a favourite family photograph with the expression “I love you to the sky and back”. The family photograph was a traditional shot of two daughters either side of their Mum. The girls were wearing tartan dresses. The expression was something that their Mum used to say to them, in fact it is something I say to my kids too. Along with the piece of jewellery a bespoke luxury box was required with the inscription incorporated into it.
Above is an image of the finished piece in its beautiful box. Below are some more shots of the necklace which is made from acrylic and wood veneer and has a simple sterling silver chain.
What I have really enjoyed about this commission is its personal nature. The gift was given to commemorate the first year anniversary of the recipients mother passing. And I felt such a great responsibility to get this right. To make an item that encapsulated the brief, but was not so personal that it was hard to wear. Something that was contemporary, with a high end finish, while also being a practical and wearable item. For those astute Portuguese speaking individuals out there you will have noticed that we replaced the work sky with star as Estrela has such a lovely sound and visual look.
If you look very closely and carefully you will see that the words Amor & Estrela have been etched into the top surface of the acrylic.
This is the second of the two commissions that I produced towards the end of 2012. This piece was for a christening happening in the New Year, and it was a delight to work on. The brief was to take colours from photographs of little baby Dylan and use them as a basis to produce an original artwork. I was also asked to produce something with reference to water or the sea as Dylan has beautiful blue eyes. Ultimately I wanted to produce a piece that would have a timeless aesthetic, as Dylan might not wear the piece for a number of years. This commission called upon my digital imaging and illustrative skills and it was a departure from anything I have done before. I was really pleased with the results, and to finish the commission off a bespoke engraved box was required.
This collection of images are from a recent bespoke commission I received. The brief was to produce a number of items that could be given to key guests at a wedding in August 2011 in France. The main priorities were to give my client as many options as possible, while also managing to make a beautifully finished gift for each guest. The ideas that the client had were really lovely. As you will see from the photographs I produced a dog tag with one of my original artworks of a skeleton leaf, a ring with an excerpt of a guests favourite Christina Rossetti poem, and two pairs of cuff links, one with the guests favourite song title, and one with the co-ordinates of Gateshead and Paris (both significant locations).
This was a quirky and really enjoyable collaboration!!
Skeleton Leaf Image transformed into a Dog Tag with a silver plated Ball Chain
The Wedding collection – bespoke gifts for selected wedding guests
Silver Plated cuff links with co-ordinates of Gateshead and Paris
Silver Plated ring with excerpt of Christina Rossetti’s poem “The First Day of Spring”
Silver Plated Cuff Links with favourite song lyrics
Bottle Cap Microscopy Ring
Below is one of our recent creations. It is a silver plated bottle cap ring with a microscopic image of a fern leaf under a glass dome.
I love making these and what’s great about them is that I can customize them. I have one of these myself and it seems to really fascinate and amuse people. I produced this particular piece for a private client and to quote her when she received it she said “Wow wow wow I love it. Ring just arrived. I love it so much.” I can’t really ask for better than that really can I!?