Leslie craze gallery is a small gallery that has 3 rooms for exhibiting jewelleries that were made by designers from different countries. Most of the pieces are secured in displaying counters that were made of glass which enables audience to look closely at it from different angles. Others are hanged on the wall. A variety of materials and textures are presented, such as silver, gold, plastic straws ,silicone, enamel, labradorite, citrine, iron, rubber, pvc foam, leather, clay, paper, thread…etc. Some materials are expensive to buy but others are objects that we see every day, but the effect of it can be equally impressive. Jewelleries are also in different sizes and made from different techniques which give people completely different feelings.
I've also found that each designers display two pieces of jewlleries. By looking at the pieces, they looks similar because of the techniques used however, one is from an older time and one is from recent years. It encourages audience to make comparisons? Or is it questioning the industry by using the same technique?
Pollen Brooch (2011) [Silk, Cotton, Toothpicks], By Michelle Griffiths, UK
This is made from toothpicks, i did not realise its material at all untill i read the label. It looked like it's made from flower petals.
Serpent Handpiece (2014) [Silicone, silver, enamel] , By Gledre Vadeike, UK/Lithuania
Active Protection I Necklace (2011) [Silver, enamel]
It's quite unusual because of its spikes that are very aggressive. An interesting combination of the colour silver and red. Immediately make me think about something relating to torture, pain and protection.
Necklace (2014) [Glass, paint, platinum transfer, silver, felt], By Jed Green, UK
The shadow of the piece espeically interests me. The pattern created according to the intensity of the light is a good factor to consider when doing my own work.
Concertina Stole (2009) [Hand-dyed silk, silk organza], By Anne Selby, UK
This reminds me of a piece i saw before in V&A museum where the fabric changes colours according to the intensity of heat. Really impressive mixture of colours were presented.
Necklace (2007) [Washi handmade paper, gold plated silver], By Naoko Yoshizawa, Japan
Made from paper but can create interesting necklace by repetition and the change/combination of colours.
Red Froth Brooch (2010) [Oxidised silver, steel, plastic], By Polly Horwich, UK
Reminding me that it doesn't have to be in a neat and clean form. The melting and fusing iamge is very different.
Snail-with-Sprouts Train Object with bracelet (2006) [Textile, plastic animal, silver, coral] , By Felieke van der Leest, Norway
It might not be so practical but it's narrative. Very child-like, playful and enegetic. Showing also by the bright colours.
Flask (1994) [Silver, cork] , By Chris Knight, UK
This piece somehow gives me a really uncomfortable feeling. It makes me relate to bomb and war. A question to consider for my own works, what kind of atmosphere do i want to create for the audience?
Neckpiece (2013) [Acrylic, silver] , By Nuala Jamlson, UK
This piece presents differently when looking at different angles. I am also considering this as a technique to use in my own work.
Ring (2004) [Silver, steel, cubic zirconia] (2012) [Steel, diamond], By Karen-Ann Dicken, UK
Elizabeth Necklace (2013) [Silver, 9ct gold], By Myla Bonner , UK
i've been always really interested in making something out of the combination/repetition of geometric shapes. The piece looks very 3-dimentional and structural. The overall feeling is quite strong because of the supportive structure like an architecture.
Brooch (2013) [Perspex, steel, silver] , By Emmeline Hastings, UK
Neckpiece (2013) [Perspex, Titanium, 18ct gold]
The use of repetition but in an imprefect order is stressing me out. I feel very uncomfortable with the techniques and the image it present. However, i still want to look closely on how the small pieces were made.