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Katie Pascoe

About mentee Katie Pascoe / About mentor Francis Upritchard

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

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...