Saturday, September 17, 2011
Pictured above is a Brummel Hook, a connecting device originally used in the marine industry. At left is Cutlers Rivet, used in the making of knives. While neither was intended as a jewellery component, they both have migrated into this industry. I love learning about things like this! It's such a valid reminder of how knowledge can cross disciplines and add variety and value to the final product. The brummel hook was introduced to me by Don Stuart at the workshops and artist talk he gave this week at the Anna Templeton Centre. I learned about the cutlers rivet on a DVD by Tim McCreight. I find that whatever discipline is currently absorbing my creativity, I'm always looking for ways of integrating other interesting techniques into that creative process.
New design ideas are everywhere, they sometimes just need a little translation to be applied to jewellery. I find it helps me from getting stuck in a rut to look for these possibilities. And it's so fun to keep learning new things - no matter the material.