Handshake 4

Katie Pascoe

About mentee Katie Pascoe / About mentor Francis Upritchard

Human wear

Human wear

Sitting on stone steps, a casual remark or waiting in airports.  Inspiration arrives in strange places and in unexpected times.  The beginnings of this project began with a conversation while taking a break from the install at Pah Homestead, where I was sitting on...

What About that Pink Volcano?

What About that Pink Volcano?

In late August, I had gone so wide on technique and making, I was left thinking what have I done?  Perspective had left me. This is where having access to a mentor and being part of the Handshake project came into its own. I contacted Francis, sent her with images and...

Enamel Crush

Enamel Crush

About midway through the year, I started experimenting with enamel. Object collection and use is both a reoccurring theme and constraint in my work.  I started finding old enamel dishes, hammering and cutting them up and reapplying the crushed pieces of enamel, firing...

Musings

Musings

Art has its muses and jewellery has its relationships.  Part of what happened in the studio this year was making jewellery with certain women in mind. Helen Clark was Francis' first suggestion.  She was joined by the eclectic mix of Jean Batten, Grace Jones, Francis...

Junger and The meadow

Junger and The meadow

One of my daughter's favourite stories is Peter and the Wolf. A central tenant to the story is the dangers of playing in the meadow. Peter is under strict instructions not to leave the safety of the domestic garden however, he cannot resist the temptations of the...

March Jealous Saboteurs

March Jealous Saboteurs

In March, I met Francis on the day her survey exhibition Jealous Saboteurs opened in Christchurch.  Busy times however that didn't stop her from making a space in her day to meet up, share work, give feedback, talk about next steps and have tea from a great set of...

Tropical arcadia

Tropical arcadia

Maybe there is something in working with a material or colour that I already have an inherent tension about?  Maybe I am starting from a place of low expectations that put little pressure on a good outcome?  Or at least a good outcome comes as a surprise. Below are...

Maroon, plastic flowers, pearls

Maroon, plastic flowers, pearls

Maroon.  Orange.  Bottle green.  Plastic flowers.  Fake Pearls.  Real Pearls?  Gold? Fake gold.  Paua.  Red.  Love hearts.  These are some of the colours, forms and materials I don't like or at least have a sense of unease towards them.  My surliness to these...

Studio Beginnings II

Studio Beginnings II

This week's studio exercises covered traditional jewellery techniques under the same time restraint pressures:  ranging from 30-minute intervals down to 5-minute time slots. I found working under these constraints shifted my practice away from my head and into my...

Studio Beginnings

Studio Beginnings

Francis discussed the use of quick response studio exercises to emphasise making and handwork.  I found it very useful to be given directives to focus my initial studio work. First up was the use of found objects to influence jewellery outcomes. Work was completed in...

Questions about jewellery

Today Francis Upritchard brought up some great questions about jewellery in general and my practice coming out of art school. Why would it be considered jewellery if too big /awkward/delicate to be worn? Yes, why would it?  I find these features very interesting in...

Masterclass: Tanel Veenre (Feb 2017)

Masterclass: Tanel Veenre (Feb 2017)

Tanel Veenre’s workshop centred around innovative exhibition display that considered media promotion, audience experience as well as how best to showcase work. The workshops were fast paced and intense but rewarding to terms of pushing creative process and looking...