1) What is your role within Collect_ive?
2) What have you done for this so far?
I’m frantically blogging, twittering and facebooking away about Collect_ive to try to get our name out there as much as possible before the show!
3) Give three words that best describe your work…
Uh that’s a tough one. I’m going with:
4) What are you working on for Amsterdam?
As much as I possibly can! I’m re-jigging some old work, the Miracle Cure for Climate Change and expanding the range. I’m also making sure I have lots of the smaller pieces too, to sit alongside the bigger stuff.
5) What is the inspiration behind your work?
It comes from old medicine packaging and the quaint wording and blatant lies that they contained. If their pills and potions could cure EVERYTHING in the world then why can’t my jewellery?!
6) How do you choose what materials to work in?
It depends. Metalwork is what I enjoy the most, so I try to keep this element in all of my pieces, however sometimes other materials lend themselves best to what I’m trying to do. All the pieces come packaged up and this is just as important to me as the jewellery itself. One without the other would lose all meaning.
7) What is your workshop like?
Amazing! Because it isn’t mine… I’m an Artist-in-Resident at the Birmingham School of Jewellery so I get to base myself there and use all of their lovely equipment.
8) What are you most looking forward to about Sieraad?
Erm I’m trying not to look forward, it terrifies me. But this is my first international show so that is a huge deal. I’m so glad that I’m going with the group, that makes it seem less daunting!
9) What are you most worried about for Sieraad?
So much! That my luggage might get lost on the way over and I might have no jewellery to exhibit. That I might run out of time and not make as much as I wanted to. That the humour in my packaging might get lost in translation and just be weird… Aaaaaaaaaaaargh.
10) Is your passport in date?!
Yes! I kept waking up in a cold sweat not knowing where my passport was or whether it was in date. But I have checked and all is well.
11) What have you got planned for afterwards?
A combination of sleeping and eating and sleeping again. Painting my nails and them not getting ruined the same day in the workshop!
Farrah Al-Dujaili www.farrahal-dujaili.blogspot.com
Laura Bradshaw Heap www.laura-bradshaw-heap-is.me.uk
Melanie Codarin www.melaniecodarin.com
Katie Lees www.katieleesjewellery.com
Yu-Ping Lin www.yuxiart.com
Grace Page www.gracepage.co.uk
Natalie Smith www.natalielsmith.blogspot.co.uk
Anna Wales www.annawales.com