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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 ūüėČ

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 ¬†ūüėČ

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 -¬ģ 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 ūüôā 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 ūüėČ


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 -¬ģ 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 -¬ģ 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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The Body Beautiful


Surgeons’ Hall Museum, has always been an intriguing place for me and is, in fact, one of my favourite places in Edinburgh. ¬†Tucked away in the¬†Royal College of Surgeons’ Campus¬†in Edinburgh, if ¬†you have an interest in anatomy, surgery and the curiosities of the human body, you could do far worse than spend an hour or two exploring it’s many treasures.

During my final year at DJCAD the Museum was, and remains, an incredibly inspiring resource.  Originally founded in 1505, with its collections expanding rapidly after 1699 when the cultural  interest in natural curiosities blossomed.  It was originally intended to be a medical teaching resource and is home to three individual museums: Pathology;  the History of Surgery  and the Dental Museum.

Yes, it’s weird. ¬†Yes, it’s wonderful. ¬†But it’s also rather beautiful. When you walk through the Pathology Museum, one of the largest collections of pathological anatomy in the UK, you are confronted with shelves lined with jars containing ¬† preserved slices and sections of medical abnormalities, diseases of tissue and bone and preserved examples of the effects of weaponry on the body some some of which date back more than 100 years. Given that so much of my own work was focused on the removal of body parts from their original context, the research opportunities and context afforded by Surgeon’s Hall was invaluable.

If you venture upstairs to the History of Surgery,¬†you will find ¬†Edinburgh’s¬†special contribution to surgical practice in modern times.¬†This gallery traces the key dates in Scotland‚Äôs surgical advances and focuses on key figures such as Syme and pre-anaesthesia surgery, Simpson and the discovery of chloroform as an anaesthetic; and Lister and the breakthrough discovery of antiseptic.

The collection in the Dental Museum is also amazing,¬†¬†exploring the development of dentistry from its earliest days to modern times. Despite initially looking like a small exhibit, it’s jam-packed with a huge range of tools and equipment.

Add to this the range of¬†lectures, events and artist’s workshops¬†and you have an amazing resource for artists and designers alike.

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Project 100: My Drew Markou Brooch


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June 9, 2013 · 11:29 am

Salts and Oils

This made my morning, I hope it makes yours too.

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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 ūüėČ

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