Collect_ive Art Jewellers

A new generation of British Art Jewellers


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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


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What role have you got in Collect_ive? (ie curator, PR etc)

I am helping with the social media side

What have you done for it so far? (for your role in the group)

Setting up the Facebook page, posting, Tweeting and helping with the Blog.  I have a feeling my Social Media Partner Grace Page is much better at it than me though!

What is the inspiration behind your work?

I just like working with materials and putting the different elements of my work together.  Often new ideas spring to mind as I start to construct a piece and watch it grow in front of me.

I suppose I am also drawn to quite linear, graphic yet organic forms.

How do you choose what materials to work in?

I’ve always loved working with metal since Design Technology at school…manipulating something so ‘hard’ and ‘strong’ is very satisfying.  And the contrast between those qualities and those associated with textiles is something I find very appealing both visually and physically.

What are you working on for Amsterdam?

I mainly plan to show my ‘Felted Boa’ Collection and ‘Branches and Berries’  so it is going to be very Red and Black with the odd shock of silver.

What is your workshop like?

One big busy mess at the moment!!  I LOVE my workshop.  I share with three friends, Lucie Gledhill, Caren Hartley and Lizzie Peers, all who are wonderful, bright and inspirational people.  It can get a bit noisy, busy and manic at times when we’re all working like mad to meet deadlines, which of course all come at once! But after working by myself for so long I am loving being surrounded by like minded people.  And an abundance of tools too!! Amazing

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What are you most looking forward to about Sieraad?

Seeing the city again, doing my first international show, seeing what kind of response my work gets in Amsterdam and showing alongside 7 other exciting Jewellers as well as all the other exhibitors there.  I think it will be hugely interesting and a great experience.

What are you most worried about Sieraad?

Getting Lost ( I have a terrible sense of direction, I’m dragging along my boyfriend to be my guide dog!  Missing the plane.  Finding out I booked the hotel for the wrong week!  Leaving all my Jewellery behind!  Etc etc

Have you checked that your passport is in date?

It is! Phew!

What have you got planned for afterwards?

I have a really busy month at the moment. The weekend before I leave for Amsterdam I am showing at MADE London, then 2 days after I get back I’m off to Nottingham to do Lustre.  I’m also exhibiting and working at Dazzle at the National Theatre in London. Then I musn’t forget to supply my galleries and there’s the possibility of Open Studios too. Eeek. No sleep til Christmas for me!

 


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Meet Grace Page

1) What is your role within Collect_ive?

Social Media

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:

Tongue-in-cheek

Humourous

Playful

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


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Meet Natalie Smith

1) What is your role within Collect_ive?

Curator

2) What have you done for this so far?

I have helped with planning, layouts etc

3) What are you working on for Amsterdam?

I have made a small collection of brooches called ‘Dots’.

4)  What is the inspiration behind your work

There are too many to list but the main ones are surrealist science fiction and fantasy films.

(‘Illumination’ Neckpiece, 2010)

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

I have worked with sugar for a while now and it continues to fascinate me. The materials that I combine with it come out of intense periods of experimentation. They are all unique and contribute something different to the individual pieces of work.

6) What is your workshop like?

My work allows me to work in a variety of places, it depends on what stage I am at with a particular piece as to where I end up being.

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

I am really looking forward to being on the stand and talking to people about my work. This is my first time at Sieraad. I think it’s going to be a very exciting adventure!

8) What are you most worried about for Sieraad?

I don’t think I am worried about anything specifically. I will be happy once we have set the stand up and it looks amazing!

9) Is your passport in date?!

Yep, I am good to go!

10) What have you got planned for afterwards?

A break!

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