From City To Sea

Hello and welcome back!

It’s been a busy time in my studio making lots and enjoying the space I’m in. The donations have been coming in little pockets in the last wee while and I feel so lucky every  time I get gifted someones condemned treasure…makes the project seem that much more real and valid which is affirming as most of the time I am in solitude working alone in my own little world..nice to make contact!

Within my practice I do find it vital to find a balance of connecting with the outside world; be it the people and the environment and interestingly this project has been a way for me to do both.

The other component to Trade To Treasure is what I am creating with the materials that have been gifted…what am I making? I will refer back to the premise of the project for a moment to refresh your memory; “In response to a growing concern for the way we consume, I’m seeking material that’s already had a life and is awaiting a chance at a new function.”

With that in mind not only have I been collecting donations of sterling silver but I have been working with discarded objects, collecting rubbish from the city streets and that which flows down our drains and washes out to sea ending up back on our shores, polluting our coastlines. It’s quite overwhelming seeing how much ends up out there! I then take these findings back to my studio and prepare or remodel them to be cast into jewellery objects from the sterling silver and other metals I have gathered under the same principals.

The photo above was taken at the last Sea Shepherd Beach Clean Up at Evans Bay Foreshore- I found 5 dollars on my journey..a nice little donation to this non-profit organization. Their next clean up in Wellington is this coming Saturday June 13th, 1pm.

If you would like to get involved with a beach clean up in your area then check Sea Shepherd New Zealand’s event page on Facebook for updates on events around the country and also Sustainable Coastline’s has a variety of clean up’s going too click here for more details.

More to delve into on this subject but for now I will keep it in bite sized blog morsels.

In other news I have added a subscribe button  to the page so you can keep up to date on the project from the ease of your inbox. I am also developing a ‘News’ section to inform you of interesting jewellery happenings in the public realm and things I am involved in too.

Will round off this post with some more images from the studio. Thanks for stopping by!

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Another generous donation: sterling silver bracelet with fascinating buckle detail

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Cutting out its 925 sterling hallmark and preparing it to be melted down for casting.

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Another donation of sterling cutlery…the markings have such beautiful details.

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From the markings on this pair of forks they originated from London, England and were produced around 1822 by makers William Eley & William Fearn.

Metals have been cut, cleaned and weighed to use for casting.

Metals have been cut, cleaned and weighed to use for casting.

A finished piece: Partially oxidised sterling silver ring cast from found lid.

A finished piece: Partially oxidised sterling silver ring cast from found lid.

Work in progress: Sterling silver ring cast from found cap gun round with enamel paint colouring.

Work in progress: Sterling silver ring cast from found cap gun round with enamel paint colouring.

Brooch in progress: Cast from a combination of found drink bottle lids washed up on beaches and collected from the city streets.

Brooch in progress: Cast from a combination of found drink bottle lids washed up on beaches and collected from the city streets.

Preparing a brooch back to support this interesting found item using wire I made from a sterling silver donation.

Preparing a brooch back to support this interesting found item using wire I made from a sterling silver donation.

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