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              Tales From the Tool Box - Chapter One


              Tales From the Tool Box - Chapter One

              Thank you for viewing this on-line exhibition

              This exhibition is a showcase for narrative work, with over 234 images it was decided that the exhibition would be in two parts with chapter two being on-line in January 2015

              I would like to personally thank all the makers who took the time to submit work for this on-line exhibition.?

              Image left: Dauvit Alexander

              Title - "Blood Will Have Blood: A Macbeth Brooch"
              Image Credit:?Photography by Andrew Neilson, Neilson Photography.

              Members: 35
              Latest Activity: Jun 13, 2016

              Jo Pond

              Title: ‘Barren. Catharsis for consolation’, 15cm wide x 31cm long x 2cm deep, 2013.

              Materials:?Repurposed Materials:?watering can rose, repurposed tin, ribbon, paper.

              Many of us are not fertile, not capable of initiating, sustaining, or supporting reproduction; instead we are labelled as unproductive; labelled as barren.

              We live discontent with our childlessness, bearing an undisclosed ache, a sense of emptiness; tender from the blunt questioning, presumption and surmise of others.

              Through this piece I have explored the emotional and psychological associations of what fertility means to those who are not. The watering can enables each and every one of us to feed and nurture. That which we are inherently designed for is sometimes transferrable. The challenge lies in accepting that we are enough.

              Image: Jo Pond


              Professor Jack Cunningham

              Title: Fragments and Curiosities (Series)
              Dimensions: 80 x 135 mm
              Materials: Oxidised silver, Perspex, cultured pearl, 18ct gold detail, amber, ruby.

              “Relationships, family and place, are factors of particular significance in the narrative dialogue present in the work of Jack Cunningham. Equally important in the process of communicating his ideas are the materials incorporated, most recently, found objects and ready-mades. In the series titled Fragments and Curiosities, the objects and imagery allude to museum cataloguing and our fascination with Cabinets of Curiosity.

              Through the process of association and personal viewing methodologies, Cunningham is interested in the dialogue that is consequently established between the maker – the originator of the artefact’s statement, the wearer – the vehicle by which the work is seen, and the viewer – the audience who thereafter engages with the work.”


              Sophia Georgiopoulou

              Title: "My Grandmothers Were Strong": Stitched, Impearled and Confined?

              Year: 2013

              Materials: Sterling silver, 18k gold, Burma ruby, found objects, seed pearls, garnets, silk

              Dimensions: 3.25 x 2.25 x .25'

              The female's asphyxiating enclosure into social stereotypes has made her strong. The elaborately dressed female figures on the tin type image are surrounded by the ornate, pearl stitched flourishes of the brooch frame. The only breach of the confining frame is doubly secured by knots of pearls and a garnet garland. Their strength lies in their fragile observation of decorum.,

              Image Credit: Sophia Georgiopoulou


              Tamizan Savill

              Unchastity Belt, a poem in silver & soundbites for my women friends and their inner sluts.
              Materials: Silver, reticulated brass, keys treated with various platings and finishes. Approx 80 cm long 2005

              This piece started with all the keys I found in my grandfather's house; a lock without a key could be used for a chastity belt, so an excess of keys without locks became this Unchastity Belt. I asked women friends for short phrases about their various partners, and these were punched into the rings forming the belt.
              So... the hunk, the punk, the drunk, the user, the bruiser, the loser, the one that got away. "Marry you? please!! I'm 17" , "marry me please, I'm 35" and yes, "The key to my heart". The keys were treated in various ways: salt to rust some, polish to shine some, gold and silver plating.

              Image Credit:T Savill


              Rosie Deegan

              Hand Saw
              Found objects, glass, silver, hand-pierced brass and ebony.
              Saw – H: 75.5cm, W: 17cm, D: .12cm

              The collection of “For a Man of Substance” from Impotent Tools consists of a range of non-functional tools, with the intention of subverting function and gender. Made from various materials associated with femininity, fragility and luxury, the collection brings together the unashamed decorativeness that women can openly enjoy but men cannot. Often men may use functionality as an excuse for their appreciation of beautiful objects, whilst women are stereotyped as being masculine for enjoying practical activities. This piece brings together practicality through the use of once functional found objects, and decorativeness in an open, frank and ironic way.

              Image Credit: Yasmin Ensor



              Title: 'Eos' (Red Rose wrist corsage)
              Year: 2011
              Material: flower, leaf, resin, metal, crystal
              Size: 15x11x7cm (LxWxD)

              Goddess of Dawn, Eos is described having 'rosy fingers' with which she opens the gate of Heaven in order to herald the approach of her brother, Helios, God of the sun. The red roses in this wrist corsage express Eos's fingers in the navy blue sky at daybreak.

              Image credit: Steve West


              Eden Silver-Myer

              Materials: Cast bronze?H: 11cm W: 6cm D: 7cm approx

              Daphne is a piece of hand jewellery based on the myth of Daphne and Apollo. Daphne, the beautiful nymph being pursued by Apollo, calls upon Gaia for help, who transforms her into a bay laurel tree so she may escape. The jewellery depicts a point mid-transformation. Mirroring the imagery of the myth, Daphne is uncomfortable and restrictive to wear, yet delicate and intricate.

              Image Credit: Charlie Cooley


              Hosanna Gilbert

              Health & Wealth, 2013
              Dimensions: front length 6”, back length 16”
              Medium: cast silver, cast bronze, silver rod, chain, and beads
              Description: Choker with seven silver syringes, twenty-two bronze spikes, and twenty bronze syringes on a silver rod. This necklace was an exploration of the inequality I have seen in the monetization of health care; the best goes to only a few, while the rest of us make do with what is left over.

              Image Credit: Michael DeLeon

              Barbara Minor

              Title - "House with Banana Palms"
              Year 2008
              Materials - transparent and opaque enamel on copper, 24 kt. gold foil, fabricated sterling silver
              Measurements - H: 3"/77mm x W: 2"/52mm x .D: 25"/7mm
              This pin is a part of an ongoing series addressing where we live and why we love the place we live. "House with Banana Palms" describes part of where I currently live in the deep south. Banana palms are everywhere. They make everyone smile, they get shredded in hurricanes and they turn brown when the temperature goes below freezing. They also yield the sweetest bananas when they bear fruit.

              Image Credit:Ralph Gabriner


              Mae Alandes
              Latón, brass, laiton, 2012.

              ?Por qué el dedo corazón es el favorito de las mujeres?
              Why the middle finger (in spanish "heart") is the favorite of women?
              Pour quoi le doigt du milieu (en espagnol "coeur") est le favori des femmes?

              Porque es el más largo
              Because it is the longest
              Parce qu'il est le plus longue

              Image Credit: Mae Alandes


              Dauvit Alexander

              Title - "Blood Will Have Blood: A Macbeth Brooch"
              Year - 2012
              Materials - Found, corroded iron cap from an oil-tank; silver; pure iron sheet; polycarbonate reflector material from a crashed car; carved obsidian skull; garnets; strawberry quartz; black spinels.

              Size - Approximately 70mm x 85mm x 22mm.
              Narrative - For many years, I have wanted to make a piece based on Shakespeare's "Macbeth" and this was the result. Taking the line from Act 3, Scene 4, "It will have blood; they say blood will have blood", I created this Gothic brooch in the form of a traditional "penannular" kilt brooch, reflecting the darkness of the play.

              Image Credit: ?Andrew Neilson, Neilson Photography.


              Carol Hunt

              Title: Tyrant?
              Year made: 2013

              Materials: 925 Silver with garnets and diamonds / L: 115mm W: 22mm D: 26mm

              The Tyrant? full-finger ring is based on the legend of Richard III's reputation, evoking references to armour, the red and white roses of York and Lancaster, and stones chosen for the magical properties they were believed to have in Richard’s time. Historical references are contrasted with a contemporary aesthetic influenced by couture and luxury fashion.?
              Tyrant? invites the viewer to make their own judgement.

              Image credits: James Champion


              Martina Elselein

              Title: 'cementiri personal'

              Made in: 1995

              Materials: bones, brass - outer diameter 9 cm, widt 5 cm

              This bracelet is the most emotional piece I've ever built.
              I did it after three of my family members died shortly one after?
              another, and onthis occasion it is made of bone.
              The three central elements are for one person each, the exterior?
              elements are the door to the cemetery.
              It is a bracelet, because I wanted to wear the memory on the pulse of my?

              Image Credit: Martina Eiselein


              Elin Flognman

              Title:I found a fork.

              Materials: Fork,?silver, bristles

              The fork was lost in the tall grass. I imagined it’s past and where it was heading. This fork intended to become an artist and in the process of becoming one something was lost.

              Image Credit: Elin Flognman


              Nuno Borges

              Title: Ladle's Gumption
              Year: 2014
              Materials: cast bronze, silver, rose and olive wood
              Measurements: real size ladle for bronze (H 23cm) and pin brooch size for silver ones (H 7cm)

              This body of work came into being through an intuitive dialogue with the materials that it is composed of, that is, wood and metal.
              The empathy, or lack of it, between people, is the starting point for a jaunt around the kitchen table. Ladles are quite analogous to people, their behaviour and spirit, both collective in nature and yet individual in body.
              The making process was a crucial part of the project, labour intensive but highly rewarding techniques were employed, such as sand casting and wood spinning.
              The results are presented in a way that resembles the ordinary and the everyday, with a focus on textured surfaces and subdued tones.

              Image credit: Nuno Borges


              Sophie Main

              Bag Lady?2013

              Materials: Paper Shopping Bags, Silver
              Cut, Assembled 380 x 120mm

              I have a collection of shopping bags, most of which are in storage in my Grandma’s attic. I worry that something is going to happen to the bags while they are not in my possession. To alleviate my anxiety I have constructed this neckpiece. By cutting out a piece of each bag an amulet has been created, enabling me to carry a record of my collection on my person.

              Image Credit:Sophie Main. Copyright Sophie Main


              Diana Greenwood

              ‘There is always one moment in childhood…’

              Mantel Box 230 x 330 x 45 mm

              Mantel Box in Cherry wood with a hinged glass door, containing a silver vessel marked ‘drink me’, marbles, sweets and found objects

              A piece about childhood, forgotten toys, favourite stories and the loss of innocence as the future beckons, inspired by ‘Garden of Love’ by William Blake.

              Image Credit: Diana Greenwood


              Chrysoula Papachatzi

              Title: Dream Factory
              Materials: Sterling silver, bronze

              While we are asleep, the motionless body hides a mind that tirelessly creates a new reality. We wander freely in places and situations, we change identities and we are visited by strange creatures. The mind becomes a factory of dreams and we live our personal adventures in Wonderland.

              Image Credit:Chrysoula Papachatzi



              Jennifer Wells

              Title: “Apple Brooch” ,
              Year 2011
              Materials: copper, sterling silver, liquid enamel,
              1 ? ” x 1 ?” x 2/8”

              The drawing for this piece came from a dream I had where a pregnancy test involved a sliced apple, three of the slices were dehydrated. I was abruptly woken from the dream by my radio alarm blaring a morning Church sermon.

              Image Credit: Jennifer Wells


              Lisa Kr?ber

              title: heaven II
              year made: 2013
              material: silver, wood, moonstone, photo, resin, spray paint
              measurements: 13cm x 27cm x 2cm

              And then you′re just left behind,
              between clouds and the air,
              between dreams and wishes,
              between worlds and words.

              Image Credit: Lisa Kr?ber


              Andrew Kuebeck

              Title: ?Brick Mason Brooch
              Year: ?2008
              Materials: ?Copper, Brass, Enamel, Sterling, Photo on Enamel

              This work is from a series that depicted the emotional implications of my choice to have a career in jewelry design and metalsmithing. ?Each brooch looked at a traditionally "masculine" career path that past men in my family choose, each piece taking the form of a tool that they would have used in their careers. ?Within each brooch I staged a self-portrait battle, pitting an authentic self (one who is following his own path in life) against one that is trapped in the cloak of tradition and familial expectations.

              Image Credit: Kevin Montague


              Marianne Casmose Denning

              Title: Medal for a painter
              Year?2009 ?

              Materials: found iron, fabric, thin nylon cord, stuffing, steel

              20 x 25 cm

              I was doing pieces for an entry test – create medals for persons you admire – and outside a shop I found the remnants of an iron lamp shade. I was with my parents at the time; they saw an odd piece of iron, whereas I saw a potential. The situation reminded me of the H.C. Andersen fairy tale: Jack the Dullard.

              Image Credit: Federico Cavicchioli



              Tracy Hills

              Title - Red Riding Hood, Mechanical Pendant:

              Year 2014

              Materials: Sterling Silver, Garnet, Glass Eye, Sterling Silver Chain. Height 55mm x Width 40mm x Depth 20mm

              Within a layered framework of trees, Red Riding Hood and the Wolf are on small sliders, allowing them to be moved sideways, or back and forth within a channel in the base.

              Image Credit: Tracy Hills


              Harriete Estel Berman

              Title: Desirable
              Bracelets and Fruit Crate Display from the California Collection
              Who can get through a day without some chocolate? Definitely not this California Girl.
              All three chocolate bracelets highlight brands originating from California – Scharffenberger, Williams Sonoma and Ghirardelli Chocolate. The reuse of post-consumer material reflects my advocacy for recycling along with innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of California.

              "Scharffenberger Cocoa Powder "bracelet
              "Williams Sonoma Hot Chocolate" bracelet
              "Ghirardelli Chocolate " bracelet

              Three bracelets displayed in a custom made wooden fruit crate. Bracelets and fruit crate label constructed from recycled tin containers, 10k gold rivets, aluminum rivets.

              Dimensions of fruit crate: 8" H x 17 3/4” W x 7 9/16" D

              Image Credit:Philip Cohen


              Mark Fenn

              Title: Brooch May 1

              Materials: 925 Silver?

              From Revelation 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death.

              This brooch is about loss, the loss of loved ones taken too early, three in one month and the month was MAY

              Image Credit: Mike Blissett


              About the Curator :-?Mark Fenn


              Mark Fenn is a contemporary studio Jeweller and Silversmith with a BA (Hons) degree in Silversmithing, Goldsmithing and Jewellery from UCA.


              Mark’s studio work is informed by the narrative and the personal. Mark is an award winning silversmith and a graduate member of Contemporary British Silversmiths. He is also a full member of The Association of Contemporary Jewellery and also sits on the ACJ advisory panel. He is based in the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent, UK.?Mark's web site can be found here?www.mark-fenn.co.uk

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              Comment by Kimberly Nogueira on January 14, 2015 at 10:36pm

              Reading about each maker's thought process behind these narrative wearables opened up my world a bit more, thank you!

              Comment by Harriete E Berman on October 26, 2014 at 3:23pm

              I just love the way Dauvit Alexander uses his materials. While the selection of a "corroded iron cap from an oil-tank" and a "polycarbonate reflector material from a crashed car" are?unorthodox choice of materials, they are skillfully integrated into the whole pin. The found materials are handled as thoughtfully as the garnets and spinel. The ?"meaning in the materials" ?contributes to the whole. We can learn a lot from this thoughtful strategy.

              Comment by Cyd Rowley on October 26, 2014 at 2:10pm

              Very thoughtful pieces. ?Thank you for curating these

              Comment by Sophia Georgiopoulou on October 24, 2014 at 11:25am

              Thank you for curating this exhibition. The works are beautiful and striking. Looking forward to Chapter 2.

              Comment by Linda Kaye-Moses on October 24, 2014 at 9:39am

              Strong and beautiful exhibition. Thanks for giving us the chance to see this work.

              Comment by Tom Supensky on October 24, 2014 at 9:26am

              Narrative can have a very wide definition.? I think my work is narrative in that I try to express some form of communication with my clay sculptures.? How can I get my work in the January show?Cheers,



              Comment by The Justified Sinner on October 24, 2014 at 9:20am

              Superb collection! Can't wait for part 2.?

              All my work is "narrative" and I tend to like work by other makers which is also narrative.?

              Comment by Lorena Angulo on October 24, 2014 at 9:09am

              What a fantastic exhibition! Narrative jewelry has been a favorite of mine and I truly enjoyed each one of these wonderful pieces of art.
              Thanks !


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