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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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The ECA 2013 Degree Show

I’m starting this off with an apology for the length of time between posts – it’s all been a bit of a whirlwind, between getting my own results (First Class Honours! I’ll never get tired of writing that!), the DJCAD 2013 Degree Show, preparing for New Designers at the end of the month and getting back to post student life – and I haven’t even graduated yet!

So, you may well be wondering why this post is about the Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) Degree Show and not DJCAD’s.  Well, it’s a questions of currency – the DJCAD show has been closed for a few weeks now and the ECA show is open until this Sunday.  Also, I’m planning on posting about all the jewellery and metal design work from the lovely students of DJCAD that’s going down south at the end of the month, so fret not!

But back to the Edinburgh College of Art Show! The show is running until this Sunday (9th June) I felt the jewellery show was strong this year, with a great range and a fair bit of silversmithing too!

I’m going to give you a whizz through some of my favourites from the jewellery department.  There’s  lots of other fantastic work in this department which I strongly recommend you go and see for yourself!

First up, Kirsty Stewart! Inspired by nature (flowers, feathers and leaves) Kirsty’s work has a beautifully contemporary feel through combining precious metals and gems with plastics. Vibrant and gorgeous.

Kirsty Stewart, Feather Brooch

Kirsty Stewart, Leaf Ring

Kelly Munro‘s collection is inspired by the fishing industry of her hometown on the North Coast of Scotland. Beautiful colours, textures and intriguing use of materials abound.

Kelly Munro

Kelly Munro

And now, some silversmithing! Polly Collins‘ Slow Dining collection.  Described by the artist as “tableware we are friends with”  Polly considers a world in which we are friends with our utensils, where we want to spend time with them and to nurture them, to take the time to slow down from our busy lives and hectic schedules.

Polly Collins


Polly Collins

Of great interest to me was Emily Martinelli’s work which was inspired by visual representations of the internal human body. It’s very striking, the forms intriguing, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of her work.

Emily Martinelli

Emily Martinelli

This is just a small snapshot from a great show, so please do pay it a visit if you can before the doors close on Sunday 9th June.

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