So this week was all about moving up a gear... I had a restful weekend to start though and saw Awful Auntie in Nottingham with my niece Molly. It was a delight to watch this David Walliams production set the children in booster seats giggling, as the stage magically transformed with whirling turrets of room-scenes and the exquisite puppetry of Roberta Bellekom with her owl Wagner, both of whom we met after the show.
After two days of tutorials for essay reports and the developing laser welding project at the School of Jewellery, I met up with Zoe Robertson to have a display meeting for my forthcoming solo show 'Rationed' at the Vittoria Street Gallery.
This atrium gallery at the School is a huge space and therefore somewhat daunting; my un-planned broken foot summer recess didn't help! A few words of reassurance from Zoe though and it seems I have come up with enough goods... a number of which are still however under construction.
Several of my pieces include leatherwork, not an area I'm familiar with, so I had been getting these elements made by a lovely chap called Gary. Unfortunately Gary can't help out anymore, so I had a decision whether to outsource, or to learn. The control freak inside me opted for the latter and with the help of You Tube and good advice, utilising a template from Gary, this week's been a super learning curve! I've even made my own hole tool!
Some design solutions are still not coming into grasp, so working on those that are buys me time while being productive, allowing my subconscious to throw up suggestions. Deadlines are terribly final, but they're the best of motivators, hopefully when it's all done and dusted, you'll join me... My next solo show 'Rationed' opens 8th Jan - 16th Feb 2018.
"By modifying and transforming everyday materials to jewellery, Jo Pond invests them with the power to enchant or fascinate us. At the same time, her works become the vehicles for narratives that reach out beyond the here and now. Her handling of transient objects imbues them with lasting value as art. And as wearers of this jewellery, she gives us a new means to express our attitudes and values." Jorunn Veiteberg.
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