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
Styling: Alison Macleod
Model: Clare Uchima
Make up: Sharon Stephen
Handmade Skirt: Alison Willoughby