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Where Are We Headed? Three singles by Muse: An Illustrated Synaesthetic Music Review of Dig Down, Thought Contagion and Something Human

As a Muse fan, there is always that moment before you listen to a new song where you wonder “What’s next, what are they going to do this time?” and to be honest techno-gospel was not up there as something very likely, neither was an ’80s synth revival. Bursting in a shower of colour all three of Muse’s singles released this year have surprised me. They have a magpie-like way of taking inspiration from a…

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The Friday Jewellery Sale: Doing Things Differently, Keeping it Fresh.

I’m doing things differently from now on, keeping my website fresh so you can visit weekly to see new jewellery to fall in love with. The change is on my website and in the way I work, I’m introducing the Friday Jewellery Sale. Everything I make is one-off, so the week’s new pieces go up for sale on Fridays. All available on a first come first served basis. Read on for what’s new this week.…

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A Synaesthetic Album Review of Prequelle by Ghost: How Listening Deeply And Visually Will Uncover Musical Insights and Increase Your Joy in Music

This is a very unusual album review, and I’m willing to bet it is the only review of it’s kind. I will be exploring Swedish rock/metal band Ghost’s new album Prequelle visually through my synaesthesia. I want to show you the detail in this album so you can listen as you have never listened before. Who are Ghost? They are a Swedish eight-piece rock/metal band whose schtick on first impressions appears gimmicky, wearing masks and…

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How Trusting in Time and Your Creative Process Allows Transformation and Creative Flow To Happen.

So much of daily life pulls us along at a breakneck pace, the clamour for our attention is relentless. Creativity is one area where putting on the brakes and slowing right down is the only way to get lasting results. When you use your creativity at work or in your hobbies, the same process will be acting on you as it does on me. Last week I wrote about my research into the master goldsmiths…

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The Celtic Torc: How Iconic Iron Age Treasure is Beginning to Weave its Magic Into My Jewellery

This week has been one of discovery, I’ve been researching Celtic Torcs those crown jewels of the Iron Age world. What they were, who wore them, why and how to make them. I’ve assembled what I’ve learnt so far in this post. Iron Age treasure hordes exert a powerful pull on me as a jeweller. The survival of 2000-year-old personal objects in almost perfect condition is an incredible thing and reminds me the impulse to…

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How One of the World’s Most Curious Jewellery Adventurers Threw Open Her Treasure Chest and Showed Me Her Most Spectacular Pieces.

It is a short walk from St John’s Wood Tube station to Tuan Lee’s London flat. You walk past the famous crossing on Abbey Road where an endless stream of Beatles pilgrims and tourists re-create that shot from that album cover while a resigned white van driver or two looks on. When I arrive, the concierge calls up ahead of me, and I am met at the door by a friendly and already chatty Tuan.…

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When You Anchor your Style with Jewellery Selecting the Perfect Snap Outfit Becomes Significantly Easier, 8 Tips for Getting it Right.

You open your wardrobe before an exciting upcoming event, you need a sharp outfit, but you’ve not got much time to get it right. You discover that although you have plenty of clothes you have nothing to wear. A common problem but one that can be solved by merely turning your approach to selection back to front. Rather than choosing your outfit first then selecting jewellery to match that, do it the other way round…

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Why that ring turns your finger green and what you can do to fix it.

You’ve got one of these, I know I have tucked away in a jewellery box. A ring you loved, bought while you were having fun and the sun was shining, on a whim because you liked it but when you tried to wear the ring, it just turned your finger green, so disappointing! What can you do? Well, there’s a simple reason why it happens and a simple way to solve the problem. Why Your…

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Why Women Do Death Metal Growl Better Than Men and Why You Should Care Even If You’ll Never Listen To Death Metal in Your Life.

So, It’s International Women’s Day Today, and frankly, women have come to the end of putting up with the patriarchal nonsense that assumes it rules the world. You will have seen all the news about protests, events and marches around the world. Why am I writing about Death Metal then? Stay with me here. I know Death Metal is not everyone’s listening choice, and not mine until very recently. It wasn’t until I heard Alissa…

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How I Use My Ability to See Sound to Draw Portraits of Musicians: The Portrait of a Bassist Series

Lately, I’ve been experimenting with time-lapse photography while I draw music. You will have seen my Iron Maiden drawings in my last post. This series of bassist portraits stems from my live art project with solo bass player Steve Lawson. I wanted to find a little of what happens in those live shows in my daily studio practice in a form I could readily share with you. The dynamic and subjective nature of synaesthesia is…

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