During May this year I went to one of the most exciting, gorgeous and artistic cities in the world...Barcelona. I had a short but fantastic trip where I learned alot about famous artists such as Picasso and Gaudi. Everything was an inspiration from the elaborate architecture, to the fresh produce to the graffiti, I loved it all! I took numerous photos and began to look more closely into the shape, colour and detail of buildings, as you can see in my sketches.
My friends and I stayed in the Gothic Region next to an ancient cathedral that had these chandeliers that hung low from the ceiling. I began drawing out a basic outline of the silhouette in the photo which quickly developed into a component for a necklace or pair of earrings.
I like to show people where my inspiration came from and how I developed my final piece to convey how much thought goes into making each design. Designers often see what others don’t see, for example, i took a photo of this graffiti because i thought it brought life and perhaps a contemporary outlook on this ancient alleyway whereas some people may walk past without giving it a second look.
I will post a more in-depth analysis of how each piece was designed from start to finish to portray what I was thinking. I hope you enjoy reading them and are maybe also inspired and will look twice when you see an oddly shaped window or a wall full of graffiti or perhaps look up more often and see the wonders of architecture.
From a very young age I've always loved art and wanted to be an artist. When I left school I saw myself as a landscape artist, but I knew if I wanted to fulfil a career in art I needed to expand on my skills, I couldn't even draw a face!
I enrolled in an Interior Design course at Dundee college which was fantastic, I learned the importance of precision, technical drawing and presenting my work neatly.
The year after I did a Portfolio Preparation course where I learned about portraiture, paint mixing, laser printing Photoshop and much more.
Finally I was ready to apply for one of the best art colleges in Scotland,feeling confident in my abilities.
My first year was a general course where I was able to explore different areas of art and design to help choose what I wanted to specialise in. Towards the end of year I realised my strength was creating 3D wearable objects after I created two wearable art pieces from unusual materials. One being from old books and the other cable ties...but they turned out to both be statement pieces yet elegant.
I never would have thought I would be doing a degree in Jewellery Design but I fell in love with the the concept of the course. It is a course that gives you no boundaries.
Our lectures teach us the skills we need to learn and it is our job to decide what we what to do with them. For example, combining various materials together such as resin, wood and metal. One of my first designs consisted of leather and copper with an ' industrial' theme.