How Vivid Synaesthesia and Muse Live Briefly Disintegrated My Conscious Mind.

People often ask me “…what is it like to be synaesthetic, what do you see?”. I talk about it all the time in the context of my art but am not sure why I have fought shy of writing about its more extreme form until now. I went to see one of my favourite bands live and what I experienced means I probably should. I went to see Muse play. Their particular sound, a sort…

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Stories and Thinking Hands: A Masterclass with David Poston, Milton Keynes Arts Centre, 28th November 2015

I first became aware of David Poston’s work was when I was still at art college, I took a trip to the Craft’s Council’s flagship show, Collect. His sculptural bracelets made from recycled treacle and golden syrup tins really caught my eye. I still remember them in the glass case now a colourful, positive image of what jewellery could be. This memory along with memories of seeing Peter Chang and Adam Paxon’s works for the…

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Seeing the Music and Hearing the Image: Some Expeditionary Art with Solo-bassist Steve Lawson

The bass guitar is a wonderful instrument, if it were not for my learning to play it none of this would ever have happened. I am synaesthetic, I have a visual reaction to sound both musical and non-musical. This inspires my artworks be they jewellery you can hang on yourself or paintings you can hang on a wall. I could have spent my creative time listening to recorded music drawing what I saw and making…

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International Collaboration With U.S. Artist Ana Lopez for Co-Operation: Garnish with All You Need is Telstar

Ana M. Lopez and I formed a temporary, transatlantic, creative partnership to make a piece of wearable art for the Crafthaus Co-Operation: Garnish project.  This project was intended to join a more traditional artist with a non-traditional one.  I am an Abstract Artist/Jeweller based in the United Kingdom and Ana an American Metalsmith who is fond of plastically deforming metal based in Texas. Our response to the theme of Co-Operation: Garnish was based on the structure…

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Sound, Spacescapes and Some Fairly Psychedelic Jewellery

I am synesthetic so I work with sound to create abstracts from what I “see” when I hear sounds or music.  I’ve been working with two sounds at the moment one is a song and one a recording of an F1 engine I made at one of my visits to the Festival of Speed. I love my airbrush, it is helping me create the pieces as I imagine them with more accuracy than any other tool…

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The Space Bass: Custom Painting My Bass Guitar

When I learnt how to custom paint, it was to use the skill in my jewellery, however, being a bassist I couldn’t resist painting a bass just because I could.  It was an intricate design for my first go, but it worked out in the end. The bass itself works fine and sounds great, so I’m happy. The first thing was to find a bass to paint, EBay obliged with £30 worth of slightly abused…

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First Custom Painted Jewellery: Icons of Formula 1 and Over Easy Rider

New skills are always inspiring, particularly when you know where you want to go with them and just require a bit of practice and experimentation to get there. My last post covered the course with Simon Murray and learning airbrushing and custom painting. Since then I’ve been busy applying my new found knowledge to a few projects. The first is the Association for Contemporary Jewellery’s exhibition “ICONS: Jewellery for the the Famous and Infamous” up…

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A Trip to Belfast to Learn Airbrushing and Custom Painting

I’ve been wanting to learn how to airbrush for a very long time, I seem to remember both at school and art college being told not to try it, I don’t remember the reasons given but my recent experience would suggest that it was too technical to teach in general art lessons.  Now seemed like the ideal time to learn.  I want to introduce automotive manufacturing techniques into my work such as carbon or glass…

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The Strange Attractors Project Starts To Take Shape…Drawing Sounds

I’ve finally started work on my Strange Attractors Project, its been on my mind for a while now it is a phrase I use to describe my creative process, it is actually something complicated to do with maths but I mean it in it’s literal sense.   I will be revealing the ideas and creative processes behind the development of this project here on my blog. It’s time for a different direction with my work and…

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