Friday, January 23, 2009

Where the 'magic' happens

I love my workshop! My Husband and Dad have built me a wonderful space in the back of the garage. Over time we have built up the suite of equipment and I find it is now very functional.

There are always a few things on my wishlist, but hey, show me a jeweller who thinks they have enough tools! The most recent purchase is my microtorch, I parted ways with quite a lot of cash that day, but I am so very happy to finally have it.

The little tv monitor is so that I can watch my son sleeping while I work, and of course know when he wakes up.

The joy of having my own space is that I can leave all my tools out, after spending 5 years carting everything in a tool box back and forth from home to school it is so nice to have everything out and ready for action!

The larger stuff is fighting for benchspace, my husband also uses the garage for wood working and various other projects so his tools are always encroaching on my space. This would be why the pickle has been shoved towards the bench drill which is currently on a very odd angle.

So there you have it. This is my workshop and I LOVE it!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Something you haven't seen

I thought I might share with you something that you won't see in my shop. This is a piece I made in 2006 during my studies. 'The Ball' was a concept sample that was used to build on an idea and some techniques for my exhibition work (at this stage I was planning on completing my course and exhibiting in 2007, it quickly became apparent that completing my studies and exhibiting in the same year that I had my first baby was perhaps a little over amitious).

The brief we were given was to make a container, my theme for my work was repitition. One of my personal ambitions was to really stretch myself technically, focussing on problem solving and contruction methods. The inspiration for this piece was actually the old Paper Tolle 'Holly Hobby' cards I used to make with my older sister.

My paper tolle inspired ball would be made of silver discs, each layer would be spaced from the previous and the result would be a three dimensional object. The spacers would be both functional and a feature; the piece although being a container would essentially be see through. The construction although robust would give the piece a very fragile, sheer appearance. Being hollow you would be able to keep something inside, but it would be a thinly veiled secret as glimpses of it would show through.

Friday, January 16, 2009

What is Incalesco?

Hi there,

I am Erika and Incalesco is my jewellery label. I have just graduated from NMIT and wish to continue making jewellery in the wonderful workshop that my husband and dad built for me.

I am new to blogging and internet promotion in general, but hey, gotta start somewhere.