14 May 2014

Advice To My Younger Self

Thanks to Debbie Pryor from Craft for an interesting interview, 10-odd years on from when my work was in Fresh! '03.
 Read the rest here  -includes Advice To My Younger Self. 
Ah yes, 20/20 hindsight.

5 May 2014

Hermann Jünger rarity

Here's a rarity:
A Hermann Jünger brooch, 1960/70 at auction. (auctionata)
Also a rarity- a chance to see the back! Something I have never seen.
Jünger's maker's mark is a standing bird- and looks to me as though he's engraved the stamp himself-
a nice touch.
I was not expecting to see the square wire framework supporting the composition- very interesting.
There's a freeness in the face composition, and then a lot of formal, organised work to hold it together underneath.
There is always lots of things going on in a Jünger piece;
claw-setting, bezel setting, enamelling, granulation, fusing- a kind of playful game, mixing things up...
you'll see an emerald next to green glass, ivory next to white enamel.