Monday, 16 May 2016

New Jewels to Behold

Life got fuller than I could have ever imagined at the end of last year with the arrival of our second wee boy Corin so my blog (and the housework!) is feeling a bit neglected. BUT my jewels have been ticking over and in a creative burst in January I made some new treasures. 

A major influence on my recent work has been the folk art motifs found on dolls house furniture I inherited from my, long departed, Great Aunt Ena. I've also made a move to expand my use of gold and diamonds from my wedding and engagement ring collection into elegant earrings, bracelets and necklaces. 

Then I occupied my mind with were and how to photograph my new creations. Working again with my friend, photographer, Caro Weiss was a given. Her incredible artistic eye, attention to detail and wicked sense of humour make her a pleasure to work with. A bit of Instagram research convinced me that musician and my old school chum Clare Uchima would make the perfect model and could luckily fit in a visit between her busy touring schedule. Completing the dream team was make up artist Sharon Stephen who's light touch gave Clare the most beautifully subtle dewy glow.

Architect Luke Moloney generously provided our venue giving us free reign of the old smoke house in Dumfries town centre which he is renovating. It currently comprises of the Yellow Door Gallery, an Airb&b apartment and his home, with plans to turn the rest of the building into live in studio spaces. In the completed spaces layers of ripped antique wallpaper and crumbling walls are contrasted with crisp new farrow and ball painted panels. An aesthetic which makes my heart leap. 

So, new jewels, a beautiful model with a natural glow, crumbling walls and a smattering of folk art have made for a collection of photos I'm very excited to share. Thank you so much to all involved xxxxxxx

Click each photo to buy the jewellery online.

Photographs: Caro Weiss
Jewellery: Alison Macleod
Model: Clare Uchima
Make up: Sharon Stephen
Venue: Yellow Door Gallery and surrounding buildings designed by Luke Moloney
Handmade Skirt: Alison Willoughby

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

I Have Moved!

After 8 years in Glasgow my family and I have finally made the move to the countryside we have been talking about for ages. We've set up home in the Dumfriesshire village of Thornhill with my workshop at the end of the street at the back of the old Virginhall Church, now the shop Zitan. Having grown up in the area I am looking forward to re-establishing links with old friends and becoming part of the vibrant arts scene. 

I will be welcoming customers to the workshop to discuss commissions by appointment or I'm happy to meet in Glasgow which is just over an hours drive away. 

I can now be found at:
23A Townhead Street