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Delighted to have met with Anamaria Papayova, designer and blogger from Slovakia

Anami, designer and blogger, from Slovakia, in London Town

She wears a beautiful Emerald ring on her finger …

Anami writes a blog on design and fashion.

It seems she likes Tutti Frutti…

And we like Anami’s Blog :)

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Tutti Beauty updates

Our opening night was a great success! thanks to all who made it such an enjoyable evening.

Mohito start to a tutti frutti evening ©RyanMcNamara 2013

©RyanMcNamara 2013

If you haven’t yet had the chance to get to Columbia Rd here’s a sneak peak at how our Rare Beauty exhibition is looking..

Tutti Frutti Rare Beauty, an exceptional jewellery exhibition by makers from Flux Studios, showing at numberninetyfour Columbia Rd

The beautiful shop front at no94

The Tutti world of Rare Beauty

The cabinets are brimming with treasures..

The Tutti world of Rare Beauty

don’t you just want to get a closer view?!

Come for a visit any weekend in October

Thanks to Simon and Jane for their warm and generous hospitality – it’s like we’re longtime friends already :)

As well as having on permanent display an array of exquisite rings by owner Simon Rees, Numberninetyfour regularly present exhibitions of well crafted, original contemporary jewellery by UK makers.

Find out about Numberninetyfour here

 

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Tutti Frutti – Rare Beauty

With it’s intoxicating Flower Market, Fabulous Gastronomic  Pubs, Delicious Food Bars and Restaurants and Grooovy People Columbia Road is the best weekend destination this October!

And of course you’ll find us among the flowers at Numberninetyfour ….

Tutti Frutti - Rare Beauty - An original collection of stunning jewellery by inspired designers at Flux

Please come and visit us, any weekend in October!

 

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Time to learn something new

Much as I love to teach, I must admit, there are few things I like more than life on the other side of the bench! Being a student is one (tax deductable :)   indulgence I allow myself each year

The turn of the seasons are inexorably linked with the academic cycle for me and these last days of rain present a timely reminder that summer is slipping behind us;  late bursts of sunshine raise up the smells of earth that hint of Autumn, and with them comes that familiar urge to focus the mind, to get creative.….

Using Matrix for jewellery design, Vicky Forrester

I’m looking to make smaller commitments this year, having dedicated much of this last year’s spare time to learning new CAD skills  (see previous posts). Improving those skills will take up much of my creative energy, so perhaps this autumn I will finally get back to some gentle exercise – my creaky bones will surely thank me for it!

Have you thought about what you’ll do this Autumn?

If you’re feeling a need to nurture your creativity  why not join a jewellery course with me or my colleagues? Check out Flux Studios for some great long or short jewellery courses – Our new term starts in September.

Flower-ring © Vicky Forrester 2013 Design realised using Matrix (CAD software)

 

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Matrix, CAD for jewellery – part 2

Vicky Forrester has achieved level 4 in Matrix CAD for jewellery

No-one could have been more delighted than me to hear about the Level 4 fast track Matrix course at Holt’s Academy this June

As a recent convert to Computer aided jewellery design I was eager to get the push to further develop my working knowledge of Matrix. I think I mentioned that I had bought the student one year license, but setting up had been more than just a little nightmare and having finally conceded to purchase a purpose-built PC solely to run the software I had made far less progress on my own than I had hoped for.

Utmost in my mind was the daily depreciation of the license I’d bought, and attending a second course seemed a great way to getting some real value from the not inexpensive investment I’d already made in Matrix and all the paraphernalia required to actually make it run (GEMVISION take note!!).Once again, Jack Meyer pulled out all the stops and we rolled at high speed high pressure through numerous challenging assignments that extended our knowledge from basic modelling into working with nurbs and tsplines using sculpting skills and  advanced rendering techniques… 6 months ago I wouldn’t have a clue what I’m talking about!

But here are some end results that I hope will explain the lingo

Siren, pendant in Gold with Diamonds and Pearls © Vicky Forrester 2013

Our course was running through some of the hottest days of the year so far. Roasting and under pressure, I have made some good friends in that sweaty CAD room over the last 7 weeks…. it’s great to know that we can phone a friend about those niggling  nurby issues we can’t resolve

Currently there are no more matrix specific follow on courses available, so we’re on our own now… But I also realise that now we have the tools to understand the software more intuitively, and the only way to get better with CAD is to put in the hours, make mistakes and learn your own short-cuts, so this is going to be keeping me busy for the foreseeable.

 

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ACJ reviews ‘Elemental Jewellery’

Here’s a great review of my book, Elemental Jewellery, that can be found in the latest edition of  findings (Spring 2013) - the magazine published by the Association for Contemporary Jewellery….

The reviewer, Bristol based jeweller Melanie Pike, has clearly given great consideration to all aspects of the book, and I am pleased that she identifies the key elements I was keen to convey. That Elemental Jewellery has been endorsed as a useful as well as a beautiful book is gratifying and you might feel the heat from my delighted hot  cheeks! Thanks to Melanie Pike for her valued professional opinion :)

READ IT BIGGER HERE

Melanie Pike reviews the book Elemental Jewellery for ACJ's magazine 'Findings'

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India Sensation

India Sensation
2013 began with an invitation to come to India to develop a programme of  jewellery courses I’ll be bringing to Kolkata in 2013 and 2014.
Can’t give too much away about this exciting development just now……  suffice to say the trip was highly productive, and very inspirational.
This research trip to took us to Kolkata and Jaipur.

Sensation of India - picture diary from Kolkata and Jaipur

Mean Machine

It’s hard to describe just how extremely multisensory the experience is of arriving in India for the first time. Extreme is the operative word in all cases – colourful and grey, rich and poor, stuffed and starving, beautiful and shocking, delicious and disgusting, …. and always captivating. Here are a few of my favourite moments

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Jadeite shares top spot as one of most expensive gemstones

It may come as some surprise that Jadeite ranks higher on the price-per-carat scale of expensive gemstones.

Top quality jadeite can reach $20,000 per carat, according to gemstonesadvisor.com, making it $5000 more expensive than the lowly ruby and diamond!

jadeite ring, sold for $1000000 in 2006

this jadeite ring sold for $1000000 in 2006

But for me none of these gems has the allure of Alexandrite, a spectacular stone that has the ability to change colour depending on lighting conditions. Blue-green in natural daylight, this remarkable gem turns pink-purple in incandescent light. It’s a magical night and day stone, truly a gem for the  romantic heart.

So if you are looking for a gift that speaks romance and adventure, look for Alexandrite, choice of the tzars!

beautiful colour changing Alexandrite

beautiful colour changing Alexandrite, $10,000 per carat

 

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New jewellery courses for 2013 – great Christmas gift ideas

Stuck for Christmas present ideas? A jewellery course can make for a lasting, productive and much loved gift!

Our new term starts in the week of 8 January 2013, and we have lots of exciting new courses for you to enjoy whether you are a beginner or a more experienced jeweller.

As well as our 12 week courses we have a range of weekend and short courses available through the Southwark Programme; these courses offer exceptional value if you are a local (Southwark) resident.

We can also recommend ‘Elemental Jewellery’ by Vicky Forrester, a perfect accompaniment for any of our courses here at Flux!

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Art of jewellery making, Jewellery design courses, make your own silver jewellery, perfect gifts for womenOur new Jewellery Prospectus is out now.. 

Choose from an extensive range of expert courses offered this term.

Subjects include:- hollow forming / folding techniques / simple stone setting / casting / textures on metal

- 12 week jewellery courses for beginner, intermediate and advanced students

- Open workshop days for advanced students

- Great value weekend courses for local residents

- FREE 2 day workshops for locals with kids at school

- FREE family workshops for locals

Check our website for full details of courses and dates, and book directly online now.

for specific queries phone 07931 228 352

 

New – jewellery and design manual, by Vicky Forrester, out now. Buy your copy of Vicky Forrester’s new book here…

Elemental Jewellery is recommended reading for all jewellery enthusiasts!

This book aims to stimulate new approaches to developing your design and making skills using the elements Earth, Fire, Air and Water as starting points for creative development.

Arranged in 3 inspiring sections, the author presents ways to marry concept, material and technique in your jewellery to develop designs that carry a sense of personal authenticity.

You will find 20 exciting jewellery projects within, including contributions by renowned jewellers Nora Fok, Henrietta Fernandez, Louise Loder and Imogen Belfield.

‘Elemental Jewellery’ can be purchased from all good bookshops at RRP £18.99

You can also order a signed copy of the book from Vicky Forrester at Flux Studios. Email here!

Elemental Jewellery

published by Fil Rouge Press, October 2012 (isbn 978-0-9564382-7-0)

 

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Matrix, CAD for Jewellery

You might tell from my work, I’m fairly hands-on with the design and making process for my jewellery.  Designs often evolve through process for me, and there is always a responsive-ness to materials that I had felt intrinsic to my working process.

So, when I signed up for this CAD course run by Jack Meyer at Holt’s Academy I confess, I expected not to like it much.

However, using a computer to realise a design and improve your design potential can be viewed as an equally valid process in the act of creation; thus the good student and the sceptic in me had already drawn up their opinionated lines long before this course began.

The sceptic was beaten back to its corner!

Matrix is a software designed specifically for making jewellery, and as I was later to find out, it’s a very powerful, high performance tool in the design and realisation of the jewellery making process.

Totem ring by Vicky Forrester designed using Matrix

The matrix interface

In addition to outputting 3D files that can go straight to the manufacturer for rapid-prototyping  Matrix can be used to produce very believable renders of your final designs which, at the click of the mouse can be converted to any material, colour or texture.

The software allows you to design around specified precious stone sizes or weights, giving tools to quickly fabricate the setting of your heart’s desire, and on top of all of this, once you have ‘constructed’ your piece of jewellery on screen you can identify precisely how much metal it will take to make it!

Precious ring © Vicky Forrester, realised using CAD software

This 14 – day intensive course gave me a taste for what is possible with jewellery design using Matrix. I can’t say it was an easy ride – Jack is an excellent tutor and he planned the course to give a taste of the real pressures of the designer’s working experiences. The numerous assignments with tight deadlines ensured a perpetual (and realistic) pressure to perform at 110% and the days seemed eternally long, yet not quite long enough to satisfy the perfectionist in me!

I’ve gone ahead and bought the student version of Matrix on a one year limited license. Let’s see where it goes from here….

 

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Vicky Forrester is a practicing jeweller designer maker with 30 years of experience in the contemporary jewellery field.