I thought long and hard about whether I wanted to post regular blogs. Part of me thought who will want to read them? But the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. The purpose of these blogs will be twofold - firstly it will serve as a kind of online diary where I can reflect upon and track my development. Secondly it gives you an insight not only in to what silversmithing entails, the inspirations, the processes, the frustrations, but also the workings of my mind. You have been warned! A little disclaimer - my grammar isn't the best so don't be shocked to see some errors...
I will keep this first blog brief as I am currently on 'summer holiday' from my degree. Although in reality this means working full time at another university, The University of East Anglia, in order to raise some money which will be spent on materials during my final year. I *may* get to have a little break at some point before my head explodes and my brain melts, we shall see. So I am working hard, just not at silversmithing, sadly. That said, I am spending most of my free time working towards my dissertation, gathering inspiration and making paper maquetttes ready to transform in to metal creations as soon as I am back in the workshop.
Some feedback from uni last year was that I should utilise my paper model making skills more. A project where I set myself strict time parameters to create a series of test pieces was also a success, so with that in mind I am setting myself a challenge. I will be calling this the 30x30. I have a 30 minute time limit each day to create a form out of paper, using an image as inspiration - there will be a series of 30, one each day for 30 days. I have started to compile a selection of images - most of these seem to be architecture but I'm doing my best to branch out from that - and I will start in a few days. Please feel free to leave comments of any suggestions you may have with regards to an inspirational images/items.
There is a saying/myth that it will take you eighteen attempts to get something fully resolved, so with that in mind I will be happy if I end up with just one useful form out of the 30, which I can then go on and develop further. Any more will be a bonus! At best I will have some new ideas, at worse I will have got in to a good habit of forcing myself to create even when the mood doesn't strike me (i.e. giving myself a kick up the backside!). We shall see.
Oh I almost forgot the most important part - why 30x30? During my timed test pieces I found 30 minutes to be long enough to get something started, but not too long that I had time to overthink anything (I tend to kill a lot of designs thanks to overthinking). And I have always had a love of the number 9 - some make call it an unhealthy obsession but I prefer to call it a friendship - so 30 minutes x 30 days = 900. It all seemed to make sense!
Keep your eyes peeled for future blogs, I will document my 30x30 challenge as well as posting daily updates on instagram under @seedsilversmith, and the hashtag #seedsilversmith30x30.
Goodbye for now - don't forget to post your comments below, and keep checking back for updates x