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Further Thoughts On The Corruption Of Artist As Brand

Really interesting and thought provoking piece.


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So, what have I been up to?

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It’s all been rather busy since I graduated.  And, as the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun 😉

So, what have I been up to?

Well, there was New Designers of course, which was an amazing (if frenetic) experience).  You can read all about it on Pinso  😉

I’ve also been working on developing my Body of Work series using different media.  Here are some examples  of my work in progress brooches, based on abstractions of surgical incisions.

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Joy in Motion: The Wonderful World of Tom McPhee

Rustle - Tom McPhee -® Joint Effort.

I really wanted to share a post with you I wrote for Pinso a week or two ago, just because the work it features makes me so gosh-darn happy 🙂 So, here it is, and I hope you enjoy! For the record, the image above, Rustle, is my favourite piece and I’ve put in a request for a 6ft version to be created so… we’ll see 😉


Tom McPhee’s work really caught my attention at New Designers because it’s so playful!

Using metalsmithing techniques, he creates interactive automata and kinetic sculpture pieces which entice the viewer to interact and play; encouraging curiosity in the details that surround their lives.

Zephyr 2 - Tom McPhee -® Joint Effort.

Tom’s work is inspired by the moments in the everyday,  “like when a leaf blows in the wind or a flash of sunlight causes you to become distracted from the often hectic nature of our day to day lives, creating a timeless moment when suddenly, we become transported by the things we see and enter a place where contemplation occurs, captivated by the meditative beauty we see.”

Slow Pace - Tom McPhee -® Joint Effort.

The pieces featured here are from his Degree Show Collection at University of Falmouth – I’m looking forward to seeing the direction he takes with his future work.

You can find out more about Tom and his work here and follow him on Twitter here!

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Project 100: My Drew Markou Brooch


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June 9, 2013 · 11:29 am

Alice B. Spicer – Another favourite from the ECA 2013 Degree Show

Alice B. Spicer

I just had to share some more of my favourite work from the ECA Degree Show.  This time it’s these fabulous paper-cuts from Alice B. Spicer

Alice B. Spicer

Alice B. Spicer

Alice B. Spicer

The ECA Degree Show will close on Sunday 9th June, make sure you don’t miss it 😉

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Expensive blue and burnt money.

Really interesting post about contemporary Chinese jewellery.

Contemporary jewellery in China

As you already know, the most famous material using in jewellery by Chinese, through the centuries, and since 5000 BC is Jade. You also have heard about coral, pearls, turquoise and precious metal such silver and gold. But today I want to highlight a material not well knew by western people, and which I was really amazed by when I discovered it.  Another material used a lot during many years and really expensive is the kingfisher feather. The Kingfisher bird is highly esteemed by the Chinese for its colour and celebrated in poetry and song by Chinese from ancient times. The feathers were mostly used to give colour to tiaras and other head pieces. Over the centuries, the Kingfisher’s blue colour feather became highly prized and extremely sought after as an inlay in decorative arts. Kingfisher feather were used by the Chinese to denote status, wealth and royalty. Today prohibited…

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A sneak peek at my degree show work

“Deanne Holden’s sculptural jewellery is influenced by Memento Mori (symbolic reminders of the inevitability of death), as well as how the dead continue to live on through contributions to medical science.

Once you take away the notion of ‘self’ from the cadaver and the emotional associations of death, dead bodies have the potential to be beautiful; as objects they fascinate, even more so when parts are removed from their original context. Out of context, they can be grotesque; their placement away from the body, disconcerting, unnerving, yet they can still leave the viewer enthralled.

By exploring themes of dissection and anatomy, this body of work is the beginning of a series reflecting on mortality and the notion of the purposefulness after death .”

The DJCAD degree show will be held 18th-26th May.

More details will follow.

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