18 March 2013
For the past week I've been in Maine, in the USA spending some
quality time with friends. I've been travelling with a familiar
face (to all the magazine readers) Tansy Wilson. Tansy and I went
to university together a fair few years ago and decided to venture
across the pond for a week to spend time with another jeweller who
we met on our degree course.
We've been having a great deal of fun and last week Tansy took advantage of the good facilities to get a head start on her next project for the mag. Here she is cutting copper pieces with a rather flashy guillotine. Our jeweller friend just happens to teach jewellery making at the Portland school of Art!
One of my favourite things about Maine is the gorgeous coastline and we've been staying in a beautiful spot with a great rocky coast, so I've been taking lots of inspirational texture photos for my album. Here's a good shot of rock with lime green seaweed and cool barnacles; a great mix of texture and colour!
Inspirational shots are always good to have for those times when the ideas are hard to come by.
Well it's back to packing bags for me and getting the plane back to the UK, as I've a magazine to get ready for the printer!
Jewellery Tutors Wanted in Kent
13 March 2013
Kent County Council's Adult Education department is currently seeking tutors to run classes in various locations in Kent. You will need to have experience in all aspects of jewellery design and manufacture including melting, milling, soldering, finishing, polishing and stone setting.
You will have a teaching qualification and some experience of teaching in the subject.
Working as a tutor in Kent Adult Education gives you the flexibility to work at a variety of times, venues and gain experience of working with adult learners. They have a supportive induction and training process in place to help you settle in and be successful.
There are opportunities to expand your CPD by studying towards a full post-compulsory teaching qualification, update your Numeracy & Literacy qualifications, and receive discounts on a wide range of the 3000+ courses currently on offer across Kent.
The post is subject to to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Please quote reference CC/013/0074
Closing date: Midday 30 April 2013.
6 March 2013
In issue 52 April we misprinted Betts Metals website address the correct address is www.bettsmetalsales.com
Betts Metals, found in Birmingham's jewellery quarter, offer a range of PMC courses that are running throughout 2013, and are suitable for different abilities. On 22 March they are running a PMC Finger printing class, which will teach you how to produce a piece of jewellery using your own finger print! The class costs £99 + VAT, which includes all materials and refreshments. The class is suitable for beginners.
www.bettsmetalsales.com, email@example.com, 01212 332413.
Students enjoying a class
A piece of finger print jewellery!
London Fashion Week
4 March 2013
Well it's been London fashion week recently and though I didn't have time to go this year, I've been avidly watching blogs and websites for pics of the Autumn/Winter 2013 runways! I love to see what crazy things have been brought to life by some truly inspiring designers and this year (as usual) I am not disappointed! You'll find a ton of interesting stuff on fashion online but one of the best ways to see what's happening is to get yourself into a couple of blogs. I have two favourites at the moment -
The first one is my 'old' deputy Jen Burgess' blog, she has gone on to be a great freelance journalist and thought we miss her at the mag, I'm always itching to read her blog! Here's her take on LFW at Rock and Runway
The other blog I'm having fun with at the moment is Memoirmode
written by Kylie Martin. It's a fun fashion and lifestyle blog. I really like her review of LFW and she takes beautiful photos to boot!
Here's her shot of a model on the runway in the KTZ AW13 show. Loving the crazy gold boots!
Photo credit - Kylie Martin, www.memoirmode.com