silver fox commission

December 7, 2010 § 3 Comments

“Are there hunters on that planet?”
“No.”
“Ah, that is interesting! Are there chickens?”
“No.”
“Nothing is perfect.” sighed the fox.

(and if you’re wondering what that’s all about, have a look here, or better still go and rummage in a nice bookshop for The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry and waste an hour or two with it. It is funny and charming and sad, and contains an excellent drawing of an elephant inside a boa constrictor. What more could one want from a book?)

Anyway, my jewelry is parceled up and on its way to its new owners, so it’s high time it appeared here, too.

One of the best things about working on it was the chance to go home and share my dad’s workshop for a few days. It’s a gorgeous building at the bottom of a slightly wayward garden, with a wood-burner in the corner, a big old station clock ticking on the wall, a billy-can that’s nearly always full of hot tea, and an endless supply of Interesting Things To Play With. I’m very lucky.

The actual process of making the brooches – a family of three foxes for a mother and her two daughters – is fairly slow and laborious, and I kept forgetting to take photos because I was busy sawing and filing and polishing and being unnerved by the behavior of hot solder, but below is a selection of the images I did get.

And here they are all finished and ready to go:-

(Hallmarked sterling silver, polished, and textured using a diamond tool. If you would like one, get in touch; commissions are always welcome.)

Hugs and tea – Amy x

P.S.: This is well worth a look, especially if you are A) interested in collaborative art projects, B) interested in the internet’s incredible ability to make collaborative art happen, C) a fan of Johnny Cash, D) interested in animation, or E) supposed to be doing something boring and important at the moment.

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An introduction (and a selection of foxes)

November 29, 2010 § 4 Comments

Hiya!

Rather than bombard with words, I’m going to open this shiny new blog with some pictures. Here is a taste of the kinds of things my hands do.

Bits of paper:-

From left to right, you can see my obsession with textile prints in action, an illustration for a short story project I’ve been working on, and a doodle with ears from my personal sketchbook.

Bits of cloth:-

From left to right are: another fox in second hand tweed and hand-made cashmere and merino felt (possibly the loveliest thing to touch in the world), a sort of self-portrait in paper, cotton, found buttons and hair, and the beginning of a collaborative project with my lovely friend and fellow illustrator Gina (go and see what her hands do here. Gorgeousness!)

Bits of metal:-

Another fox, made in sterling silver. He was my first experience of drawing with a piercing saw instead of a pencil or a needle and thread, and I enjoyed the process a lot. There are three more silver foxes underway as part of a commission, so when they come back from being hallmarked there will be yet more foxy pictures. Possibly I should broaden my subject matter in the near future…

Anyway, enough ramble. Keep warm and happy, and pop back soon to see what I’m up to. Hugs and hot tea – Amy.

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