When someone asks “if you were an animal what kind of animal would you be?” I have always thought that I would be a church mouse. Even though my birthday is in the middle of August, making me a Leo, the leader of the parade, the spokesman of any group, the flamboyant one, I’m still a church mouse. I usually scuttle away from groups because being there might mean talking in front of them all. I have always been the one who gets the job done in the sidelines. However, I’m a church mouse that wears Dr.Marten boots. I believe in challenging the status quo by thinking differently. I quietly push the boundaries from the inside. My style is not to follow but to go where I want to go. I love making things that are beautifully designed and that use ethically sourced natural materials. So, maybe I’m the little church mouse that you need to follow. I’ll be easy to spot. The fashion forward thinking one with the clothes worth wearing.
These are two sets of waxes that I made. They will be covered in investment to make the molds which will be cast in sterling silver or bronze.
Measuring investment powder for to create the molds for casting jewellery.
Melting sterling silver in a crucible so that I can pour it into a mold to create a jewellery form.
Flask ready for casting process showing the holes which the molten metal will enter through to create the object. Cast bronze pieces after they have been taken out of the flask, cleaned of investment, cut off the tree and ready for further work.
Sawing, grinding, filing, sanding and polishing are the next steps.
Finished pendants, one cast in sterling silver, the other in bronze. Both with sterling silver chains.
Derek welding steel sculpture Objet D'Art. This piece was in the public art show Taking It To The Streets.
Sewing, I know where my clothes come from!
On T.V. once again to promote our local arts community.