I’ve had this project in mind for a while now and think that it might be what I will concentrate on for the next few months. The project is at the very very early stages but it’s based on London Stock brick. For more information on London Stock brick, see this link https://londonist.com/2013/11/the-secret-history-of-the-london-brick#disqus_thread
Yesterday I rummaged through all the boxes of maquettes and experiments in my studio and started to notice a common set of proportions and dimensions that I have repeatedly employed since I started making jewellery. The idea of being inspired by brick, and specifically the brick that has built much of London’s historic buildings, has been lodging in my brain for a few years now and for various reasons, I feel that now is the right time to dust the idea off and give it legs.
London – I was made and largely formed in London and I will be visiting and exhibiting there in October this year. It seems appropriate to reconnect with the landscape that built me.
Stock – The word has many meanings including ‘the family or group that a person or animal comes from’ and ‘the supply of something for use or sale’.
Brick – Bricks are the building blocks of the architecture that surrounded me as I grew up. Now I am here in Wellington, the medium of course has troubled connotations in shaky Aotearoa and as a result their personal meaning has been altered. In addition, handmade London Stock bricks were/are made from clay, an infertile soil. The pejorative concept of being ‘barren as a brick’ is a huge part of my struggles as a creative artist.
This will undoubtedly be a very personal series of work. The jury is currently out as to whether I will manage to pull it off but I am hopeful.