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Our New Years Resolutions – Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith

“I haven’t really got any specific New Years resolutions. I think the most important one for me for this year is to develop a new collection focusing on introducing a new material. The second one is to find a space to put together an exhibition for ‘Schmuck’ in  Munich for 2014.”


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Our New Years Resolutions – Grace Page

Grace Page

Dr Grace Miracle Cures

My plans are:

1) To complete my first ever self-employed tax return  – on time and correctly (fingers crossed)!

2) To rehaul my website – I set it up when I was a student and I’d like to give it a makeover to reflect where I’m at with my jewellery now.

3) To get a shop on my website – so people can buy their Miracle Cures online.

4) A new collection – I want to have a bit of fun and do something brand spanking new this year.

5) To do a gallery mail out – and try to get my work stocked in as many galleries as possible!

I suppose I better get cracking then,

Grace


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Our New Years Resolutions – Laura Bradshaw Heap

So here we are, a new year and another tax return to fill in, eek! We thought it would be interesting to have a bit of a catch up with the Collect_ive gang and find out what everyone’s plans are for the next 12 months and what we’d all like to achieve. So here they are, the first in our New Years Resolutions…..
Laura Bradshaw-Heap
My resolutions:
1. to seize every opportunity!
2. to be brave when it comes to large scale in my work
3. to have one finished piece from my new series to wear during Schmuck
4. to have an article published
5. to continue to fine tune the curating, so that each ‘Suspended in Pink’ exhibition is better than the last!
Have fun!!!!
Laura
Watch this space for another blog post all about the exhibition ‘Suspended in Pink’ that Laura has curated, or if you can’t wait click here to find out more.
suspended in pink


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Meet Katie Lees

1) What is your role within Collect_ive?

I’ve played the role of curator!

2) What have you done for this so far?

Probably not enough!! We had numerous skype conferences to discuss layout and the design of the stand including colour schemes and lighting arrangements etc

3) Give three words that best describe your work…

Industrial, geometric, sculptural

4) What are you working on for Amsterdam?

I love cluster formations so am working on numerous ‘industrial clusters’!      

5)  What is the inspiration behind your work?

I like industrial landscapes, scaffolding, ship yards, derelict buildings and anything with an unusual structural form!

6) How do you choose what materials to work in?

The materials I work with reflect the industrial inspiration so I tend to use square silver wire with an oxidized finish to give the engineered effect!

7) What is your workshop like?

I’d love to say neat, organized and orderly but really it’s the opposite! Lets say an organized mess!

8) What are you most looking forward to about Sieraad?

Since this is my second time at Sieraad, I’m really looking forward to exhibiting as part of a group instead of on my own! Although I met some fantastic people and had great neighbours, it was a little daunting and lonely!

9) What are you most worried about for Sieraad?

I hope we all work well as a team promoting  everyones work. Aside from the obvious (forgetting/losing/missing things!) I’m anxious to be there and for the set up!!

10) Is your passport in date?!

After a wee panic, Yes!

11) What have you got planned for afterwards?

Numerous deadlines for galleries and shows but a couple of days break in Amsterdam immediately after will be a nice break from making!

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


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Meet Yu-Ping Lin

1) What is your role within Collect_ive?

Branding

2) What have you done for this so far?

I am responsible for idea of branding and development of design, such as the design of logo, sticker and the template of artist statement.

3) Give three words that best describe your work…

Interactive fashion accessory

4) What are you working on for Amsterdam?

I am working on my textile collection called Kaleido for SIERAAD. That’s a contemporary collection focusing on the element of fashion, interaction and Origami.

5)  What is the inspiration behind your work?

My work is inspired by Origami, paper cutting, nature, architecture and kaleidoscope. Due to the designed structure, every piece of work shows various appearances and offers diversification of wearing.

6) How do you choose what materials to work in?

My work starts with paper model then develops with fabric finally. The fabric possesses the character of softness and retraction and also textiles shows up lots of potential on colour and texture as well.

7) What is your workshop like?

My workshop is like my small lab! It’s crowded but full of inspiration and motivation!

8) What are you most looking forward to about Sieraad?

I am looking forward to meeting people and seeing the excellent works from international. Also feeling exciting to exhibit with other talented artists as a group in the show!

9) What are you most worried about for Sieraad?

I am not too much worried about Sieraad honestly because I am more looking forward to the advantages and opportunities from the show. Only one thing I might concern is I am afraid I have to prepare a budget for shopping these amazing works! 

10) Is your passport in date?!

Yes, I did.

11) What have you got planned for afterwards?

I am going to stay in Amsterdam for three days. It will be an opportunity to experience the city deeper and further. After the short trip, I will continue producing works for Christmas, also developing my next collection and running a project with product designers in the near future.

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


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Meet Melanie Codarin

1) What is your role within Collect_ive?

Manager and Branding

2) What have you done for this so far?

Laura and I put a call out to form the group early on in 2012. As a result I became the natural lead in organising and pushing the group forward. We’ve got a great bunch and everybody has embraced their roles, our joint efforts and skills have really worked well to form this new collective. I’ve also spent time working with Yu-Ping on the logo, e-invites, stickers, statements etc.

3) Give three words that best describe your work…

Playful, bold, often woody.

4) What are you working on for Amsterdam?

I’ll be showing the ‘Food for Thought’ series.

5)  What is the inspiration behind your work?

Different things but the work I’ll be showing is the ‘Food for Thought’ Series, which intends to highlight the negative side of industrial farming practices.

 You could call it protest jewellery. I have created new mutant creatures aimed to shock and intrigue at the same time. The juxtaposition of the beautiful materials alongside the not so beautiful creatures draw you in. And for the less bold of us there are some non mutant creatures that quietly talk about what’s going on with only the wearer knowing as the text on the back of the pieces reveal.

 

6) How do you choose what materials to work in?

I definitely have a preference for wood off cuts! Burrs, spalted woods and I love to see them next to metal. I like seeing unexpected contrasts be it materials, textures, size or subject. Some of my work involves laser cutting and I add text to things so paper (recycled) and wood work well for this.

7) What is your workshop like?

I don’t have one at the moment, I work at home or hire a bench space when I can. But the New Year brings a new studio space for me, so very excited can’t wait to get stuck in!

8) What have you got planned for afterwards?

Setting up my studio, playing with wood and looking for the next project the Collect_ive can do together!

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


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Meet Farrah Al-Dujaili

1) What is your role within Collect_ive?

PR

2) What have you done for this so far?

Organised a long list of blogs, websites, people  and galleries to get in touch with.

3) Give three words that best describe your work…

Intuitive, playful, sculptural

4) What are you working on for Amsterdam?

A new group of pieces that follow on from the collection ‘Into the Garden at Once’

5)  What is the inspiration behind your work?

An imaginary garden populated with hybrid forms.

6) How do you choose what materials to work in?

All my materials are chosen for their ability to give a material link to my design methodology, enforcing the dialogue between drawing and making.

7) What is your workshop like?

Organised chaos but that’s how I like it! it kind of builds up as I’m making a collection and only gets tidied once I’ve finished.

8) What are you most looking forward to about Sieraad?

Meeting the visitors to the fair. It’s a rare chance to hear their feedback!

9) What are you most worried about for Sieraad?

Meeting the visitors to the fair and hearing their feedback!

10) Is your passport in date?!

Yes, all up to date and ready to go!

11) What have you got planned for afterwards?

A little break before I get making again.

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