STORIES OF SHELTER

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This Autumn I'm very much looking forward to working with Shona Cowie from The Village Story Telling Centre to run a series of architectural model making workshops for Womens Aid surrounding the topic of SHELTER.

We'll be working with a select group of around 10 women from a local Women's Aid collective which provides information, support and refuge, if needed, for women, children & young people who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse.

We'll be exploring themes of Scale & Massing; Light & Shadow; Spatial Awareness; and Sound to discover the stories of SHELTER resulting in a series of architectural models that deliver a range of alternative spaces which incorporate powerful stories and promote awareness of the topic within the local community.

Our intention is to advance this project a stage further with another group in building a structure that can be displayed publicly to highlight and promote the Stories of Shelter.

LAUNCHING A JEWELLERY COLLECTION

Sometimes in the world of architecture, designing and building, there is a certain amount of exasperation at how long the whole process takes. One has to be incredibly patient to design and build buildings, not only with the process, and the clients; the builders and the authorities; but in the overall realisation of a product that can sometimes be years in the making.

Many Architects, Designers and Builders have their own side projects to feed their creativity, and for me I've always wanted to have a go at 'proper' jewellery design and making. I've dabbled in making and creating small creations for myself over the years, but I've never sat down and learned techniques and bought tools and materials that allow me to start getting to grips with the world of jewellery design and creation.

So this is the first collection - of what I hope can grow into several - of simple wire wrapped pendants and earrings, using sea glass and stones from the beach. A simple technique with a rugged finish, exactly the thing I've been making for myself, and can now share.

I've been experimenting with silver precious metal clay, and am a little way off creating a more established silver jewellery collection, but enjoying the process. Stay tuned for more of that - and a little Harris Tweed thrown in for good measure! In the meantime I hope you like this collection - and feel free to buy something for yourself or friend or family member. All proceeds go towards me expanding my craft!

AN ARCHITECT'S INFLUENCE

AN ARCHITECT'S INFLUENCE

"I wanted to take this post and introduce you to some absolutely gorgeous sections that have influenced me since my early childhood. They enhanced bedtime reading and invoked imagination. These drawings are found in The Brambley Hedge series of children's books, by Jill Barklem. It took me ages to hunt down a copy of all the books in the series. They are epic, in my opinion.

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