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Jo Pudelko is a Jewellery designer who came to Duncan of Jordanstone to carry out a workshop in the jewellery department to help us young aspiring designers. She is originally from Canada but came over to Scotland for a year to study and decided she loved it and wanted to stay. Her work consists of material and found objects mostly that are bound together using tab settings which she showed us during the workshop she carried out. We were asked to bring in 10 found objects and create three or four designs using these objects which i found very challenging! I could not get my objects to compliment each other which i found very frustrating until i spray painted some of them. The objects immediately began to work together so it was just a matter of creating a composition that worked. This workshop was great it allowed us to experiment and not be too technical, it wasn’t until i relaxed and experimented more that my pieces began to work. In the end i created two successful designs that i was quite proud of and tab settings became my new favourite technique. It was quick, simple and allows you to incorporate objects that are not perfectly shaped into your designs such as the pieces of concrete in the photo below.
I learned from jo pudelko that when you start your career it is ok to not know what you are doing and to just keep developing work until you are happy with it.
“if you knew what you were doing all the time you wouldn’t bother”.
In order to keep your design career interesting and exciting you need some uncertainty to keep yourself pushing forward and trying different techniques and materials or you can become ‘too safe’.