Vicky {says hello} Posts

One person I had the pleasure of trading work with in the summer was my good friend Jme Anderson. Along with being one of the nicest people you could possibly come across, Jme is a professional jeweller. Imagine getting paid to make beautiful things all day? The dream!

He traded a day of teaching me how to make my very own ring for a piece of art made just for him (the little walrus I made him is still sat on my studio desk at the moment, so it’s safe to say I got the better half of our deal as it stands, sorry Jme).

So here are some photos from his Lewes-based workshop. I love seeing different workshops and studios, and watching someone who’s really skilled in any kind of craftsmanship work is always a huge treat.

 

 

 

Every workshop needs a furry companion, right?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here’s the finished thing! It took us about half a day all-in-all. The ring came out absolutely perfectly – I love silver and green. I’ve never had a piece of jewellery so nice or fit so well before. Unfortunately I had it on display in my Brighton show and it wandered out the door one day (if it snuck out in your pocket, I’d love back aye?), so I’ll definitely be thrusting a bundle of cash in his face to make something else again in the future.

 

 

Here’s a couple more of examples of his work. Top: a silver bracelet, each charm is handmade and personalised for the lucky recipient. Bottom: wedding rings, both have a piece of preserved rose imbedded in the band – from the first rose the Groom ever gave the Bride (I’m not big on weddings myself, but that is very sweet).

Jme is available for commissions, repairs, hat modelling, parties, and he can teach you how to make jewellery! More information about him and his work can be found on his Facebook page.

Life Things I Like

Yikes! I never did get round to posting what happened with my Swap With Me project. After swapping a whole bunch with lots of lovely people around the world through the post, I ended up hand making a book on the whole process and using it for our end-of-degree shows. We had two – one in Brighton with the rest of the art school, and an independent one organised by the class, in London. I did something interactive for both shows, inviting visitors to take away a piece of my work in exchange for leaving something behind.

 

Brighton:

 

 

The take side was filled up with all sorts of things I’d made – digital and lino prints, zines, and badges.

 

 

I kept popping into the space every now and again through the two weeks that the Brighton show was up. It was such a joy to discover what people had left behind for me. I had a shelf with paper and coloured pencils so visitors could do a quick drawing if they fancied it, and this turned out to be my favourite part – so many people left drawings that I had to keep topping up the big stack of paper. I scanned all the drawings at the end, so one day I’ll pop some of those up.

 

The packaging and envelopes that postal-swaps had been sent to me in made their way into the display.

 

 

Some snippets of objects and drawings people left for me:

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London show:

The London show I did something pretty similar. We had it in The Rose Lipman building on the hottest week in the summer, so building everything, as you can imagine, was a real treat (!). Amelia’s Magazine did a post about the show, where my work got a quick mention.

 

 

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I wish I’d managed to get more photos of the rest of the show, but it was all very rush-rush till the opening night, and then it was so hectic and rammed with people the whole night! Here’s a quote in the hallway, and a peep of the top room and the film room that was absolutely filled with screens. My class has a lot of super talented film makers so it was only right that there was a dedicated dark room for them.

 

Art & Illustration Brighton

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I’m gonna spend a wee bit of time introducing you to the work of my good friend and (now former) classmate Holly Macdonald. Holly creates a fresh kind of political cartoon along side her more straight forward illustration work – in the form of playful sculptures, gifs, newspapers, and interactive installations.

 

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Back in May she had a solo exhibition at It Is What It Is in Brighton. It Is What It Is is a venue for one-week pop up shops and projects to have a space on the High Street for free. Holly had the space during the week of the election, and created her own poll booth with a twist – members of the public could vote for the political leader that they hated the most (unsurprisingly, Farage took that title in the end).

 

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There was also lots of different activities to take part in inside – colouring in, pin the tail on the political spectrum, a special political version of guess who, dress up as Nigel Farage, protest sign making, designing your own perfect politician.. Holly’s aim is to engage an apathetic public more with the political process.

 

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Holly also re-worked her pop-up poll booth concept for our group London show Studio 350 (another post on that later). Looking ahead to the American presidential election next year, you could vote from a range of old and new candidates.

 

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Art & Illustration Brighton Things I Like