Collect_ive Art Jewellers

A new generation of British Art Jewellers


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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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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


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Meet Laura Bradshaw Heap

1) What is your role within Collect_ive?

Curator

2) What have you done for this so far?

So much!! Planning, layout, design etc…

3) Give three words that best describe your work…

Participatory, glittery, colourful.

4) What are you working on for Amsterdam?

I am developing pieces from my ‘this is me’ project.

(Image from ‘this is me’ exhibition, 2011)

5) What is your workshop like?

I don’t have one at the moment 😦 but I spend a lot of time working on my bench at the School of Jewellery.

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

Taking part at a show I have not before, showing at my first international show.

7) What are you most worried about for Sieraad?

Just how good all the work from the rest of the collective will be…

8) Is your passport in date?!

Yes! It’s new.

9) What have you got planned for afterwards?

SLEEP

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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The Countdown to Amsterdam Begins!

We had the first Collect_ive meet up recently in Birmingham to get to know each others faces (rather than just each others work) and try and remember all the stuff we have probably forgotten to sort out for Amsterdam (floats, receipts, all the boring stuff). Hopefully we covered everything!

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