Well, I never thought I’d end up combining analogue photography and jewellery making as part of my art practice. Yes, honestly, making jewellery that people wear and ‘old fashioned’ analogue photography.
A long time ago in a land far far away… OK, it was Whitby earlier this year but the other version sounds more poetic so let’s stick with that. I was admiring the work of another artist, a painter, who was producing the most beautiful tiny pieces of art jewellery which people could wear. I was admiring her work, she was admiring my Lumen Prints of plants and we simultaneously had a light bulb moment. Some serious conversations and research later, I was awaiting the arrival of some supplies to make some test pieces.
I first made jewellery many years ago with a friend. She was keen to learn and booked herself onto some workshops and courses, I was there out of curiosity and moral support. My next foray was when my fiance and I made our own wedding rings, under the guidance of a local jeweller.
Now I find myself having as much fun making these silver pendants as creating prints in the darkroom. Of course, that is helped by combining the jewellery bit with the prints created using the old 19th Century photographic processes I adore so much.
This is a new creative area for me to explore but it’s very much being influenced by those early photographers and Victorian style at the moment. As a child, one of my most treasured possessions was a Victorian-style Cameo. It wasn’t a real antique or anything but that didn’t change its magical preciousness in my young mind. I just love how we carry the things precious to us through our lives in our subconscious and they influence us later. Of course, you need to know what to look for to recognise those influences, but they’re there regardless.
You can buy one of these Victoriana floral Lumen Print pendants in the shop here (or just have a nosey if you’re curious).