IJL Kickstart 2017

Heather Woof Jewellery Selected for Kickstart 2017

Heather Woof Jewellery has been selected as one of the ten new designers for the Kickstart initiative 2017. All ten will exhibit under the KickStart umbrella at IJL in September 2017.  This annual mentoring programme, now in its ninth year, is recognised within the industry as one of the most successful bursary programmes for new emerging British talent.

I am thrilled to be selected for IJL's KickStart programme 2017. IJL will provide the perfect platform to launch my latest collection and connect with press, stockists and clients. Being selected for the Kickstart programme is an honour!

Find out more about the award, and see all ten designers here http://www.jewellerylondon.com/kickstart

Teardrop Necklace

Teardrop Necklace

Teardrop earrings - long drops

Teardrop earrings - long drops

Kickstart Award preview evening

Kickstart Award preview evening

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Residency - Part 3 - The Exhibition

Glass Jewellery - Residency

Finished pieces and exhibition

Rings: Heather Woof.  Photography:  David Williams

Rings: Heather Woof.  Photography:  David Williams

During my residency, I worked with artist Joanne Mitchell using the waterjet cutter. This resulted in a series of test pieces and experimental works that explore light, transparency and pattern in glass. Working with repeated elements and simple forms to create subtle differences in opacity, transparency, shiny and matt surfaces. These pieces invite the wearer to observe the movement and play of light through these shifting surfaces and patterns.

Some of the finished works are pictured below, and will be on display the Exhibition:

'Jewellery - Wearable Glass'

Sunday 25th March - 1st October 2017

The National Glass Centre, Sunderland

Test pieces, glass (various) in black card.

Test pieces, glass (various) in black card.

Sculptural Ring 1, front view.  This piece sits across three fingers.  Oxidised sterling silver, float glass, Heather Woof Jewellery 2017.

Sculptural Ring 1, front view.  This piece sits across three fingers.  Oxidised sterling silver, float glass, Heather Woof Jewellery 2017.

Sculptural Ring 1, back view.  This piece sits across three fingers.  Oxidised sterling silver, float glass, Heather Woof Jewellery 2017.

Sculptural Ring 1, back view.  This piece sits across three fingers.  Oxidised sterling silver, float glass, Heather Woof Jewellery 2017.

Sculptural Pendant, front view.  Oxidised sterling silver, float glass, Heather Woof Jewellery 2017.

Sculptural Pendant, front view.  Oxidised sterling silver, float glass, Heather Woof Jewellery 2017.

Sculptural Pendant, back view.  Oxidised sterling silver, float glass, Heather Woof Jewellery 2017.

Sculptural Pendant, back view.  Oxidised sterling silver, float glass, Heather Woof Jewellery 2017.

Detail

Detail

Detail

Detail

Pendant. Glass, Steel cable, oxidised sterling silver.  Heather Woof 2017.

Pendant. Glass, Steel cable, oxidised sterling silver.  Heather Woof 2017.

Detail

Detail

Sculptural Ring 2, front view.  This piece sits across three fingers.  Oxidised sterling silver, float glass, Heather Woof Jewellery 2017.

Sculptural Ring 2, front view.  This piece sits across three fingers.  Oxidised sterling silver, float glass, Heather Woof Jewellery 2017.

Sculptural Ring 2, back view.  This piece sits across three fingers.  Oxidised sterling silver, float glass, Heather Woof Jewellery 2017.

Sculptural Ring 2, back view.  This piece sits across three fingers.  Oxidised sterling silver, float glass, Heather Woof Jewellery 2017.

Pendant.  Optiwhite glass, steel cable, oxidised silver.

Pendant.  Optiwhite glass, steel cable, oxidised silver.

The exhibition opens at The National Glass Centre on 25th March 2017, and will tour later in the year to Ruthin Craft Centre.

Participating Glass Artists:

Joanne Mitchell, James Maskrey, Ayako Tani and Angela Thwaites.

Participating Jewellery Artists:

Heather Woof, John Moore, Emmeline Hastings, Chris Boland, Maud Traon, Christopher Thompson Royds, Kaz Robertson and Kate Haywood.

Residency - part 2

National Glass Centre Sunderland

Glass Jewellery - design development

I came away from my 10 day residency with a huge number of test pieces and samples.  I love the richness of colour, transparencies and crisp finish that can be achieved with glass.

Creating jewellery using glass as a material is a huge challenge.  Glass is heavy, and in some ways fragile. A slight ding can leave an ugly chip, spoiling the clean crisp edges. Jo Mitchell and I were working with the very smallest shapes and forms that the water-jet cutter could handle. Even still, these pieces seem massive compared to a jewellery scale. I am used to working within fractions of a millimeter and switching up in scale is both challenging and liberating.

My process often involves making tests in card or paper, before moving into metal. The images below show works in progress, developments and testing ideas.  I aim to develop 4-6 pieces into sculptural jewellery pieces.

work in progress

work in progress

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Exploring composition

Exploring composition

pendant
Glass components set in an oxidised silver frame.  Front.

Glass components set in an oxidised silver frame.  Front.

Back view

Back view

The final works will be shown in an exhibition beginning 25th March at The National Glass Centre, Sunderland.

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Residency - Part 1

Residency - Part 1

National Glass Centre Sunderland

Glass Jewellery - Experimentation and Collaboration

Over the past few weeks I have been taking part in a residency at The National Glass Centre in Sunderland.  Working with Glass Artist Joanne Mitchell to create experimental Glass Jewellery using the technique of Water Jet Cutting.  The project is both a collaboration and an exploration of new materials and techniques.  It will culminate in an exhibition at The National Glass Centre from 25th March, touring to Ruthin Craft Centre later in the year. 

I am one of 8 Jewellers and 4 Glass Artists taking part in the project.

Glass Artists: Joanne Mitchell, James Maskrey, Ayako Tani, Angela Thwaites

Jewellers: John Moore, Emmeline HastingsChris BolandMaud Traon, Christopher Thompson Royds, Kaz Robertson and Kate Haywood.

The images below show some of our experiments, samples and explorations in glass from the first part of the project.  I spent week 1 getting a feel for what is possible with Glass as a material and what the water jet can achieve.  I aim to explore pattern and structure by working with the edge of the glass sheet and playing with depth and transparency.

The next step is to take these inital test pieces back to the jewellery studio for composition and creative play before deciding which to edit, refine, push and finish!

Water Jet Cutter

Water Jet Cutter

glass sample
Glass Sample
work in progress
National Glass Centre

Watch this space!

A new year / a new jewellery bench
New Jewellery bench

My previous bench had been a wobbly DIY number. It had served me well for 3 years, but with the move to the new studio, I decided to treat myself to an upgrade. I needed a sturdy bench that would stand the test of time.

I approached Neil Martin with a rough sketch and some specifications: notably that the bench had to be rock solid! A month later, he delivered this beauty.

Handcrafted in solid Beech, with through mortice and tenon joints, wedged with contrasting Bog Oak, it exceeded all my expectations! I am looking forward to the wood building up a rich history of the marks of making over the years. I can't wait to begin creating new work for 2017!

visit www.neilmartin.biz for more details.

Bench detail
Bench and tools
Attaching benchpeg
Benchpeg
New studio / Open studio
Heather Woof in the new studio

This month I moved to a new studio at WASPS, Patriothall. The building is situated in the heart of Stockbridge, Edinburgh and hosts a wide selection of Artists and Makers. I unpacked and settled in just in time to take part in Open Studios (4-5 December). It was busy throughout the weekend and it was lovely to connect to customers old and new.

The studio has views across the Stockbridge rooftops, with a big window that floods the room with light.  I look forward to creating new work in the new space!

Open studios display
Studio views
Ambassador Pins: A Special commission
A pins

I was specially commissioned by the Goldsmiths Company to design and make a series of pin badges to be worn by the 'Ambassadors' to the annual Goldsmiths Fair. 

I created this design with a focus on clean lines, subtle angles and crisp attention to detail.  Each pin was handmade in sterling silver, plated in 18ct gold, and given a matt finish with shiny burnished highlights. 

The pins were worn by the Goldsmiths Fair ambassadors throughout the prestigous selling fair.

You can find out more at The Goldsmiths Fair Website

Ambassador pin
Ambassador pins line up
Ambassador pin
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Goldsmiths Craftsmanship and Design Awards

Heather Woof Jewellery wins gold award

I am thrilled to announce that I have been awarded gold, at the Goldsmiths Craftsmanship and Design Awards.  The award ceremony took place on the 29th Februray 2016 at the grand Goldsmiths Hall in London.  Also known as 'The Jewellery Oscars', the competition showcases the best in the industry.

The award was presented by the Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers for my 'Slinky Necklace' in 14ct Gold and Titanium.

Slinky Necklace 2015.  Anodised titanium, 14ct Gold.   Photography: James Robertson

Slinky Necklace 2015.  Anodised titanium, 14ct Gold.   Photography: James Robertson

You can find out more about the competition and other award winners via the Goldsmiths Crafts and Design Council Website.

 

 

 

 

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Short film 'Not Too Precious'

This short film shows members of the public reacting to jewellery pieces from the 'Not Too precious' Exhibition at Ruthin Craft Center.  It features my Slinky Necklace (6mins16) and Implode Brooch (4mins25).  The film really give you a sense for the movement in the Slinky necklace, and the scale and delicate colouring of the pieces.  Take a look, it really helps to bring the jewellery from the exhibition alive!

The film was made for the 'Not Too Precious' Exhibition at Ruthin Craft Center, the exhibition has toured to The National Craft Gallery Ireland.  Exhibition curated by Dr. E Goring & Gregory Parsons

Filmed & Edited by Shannon Tofts
Sound Edited by Peter Smith

Ruthin Craft Centre 'Not Too Precious'

National Craft Gallery Ireland - Exhibitions

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Not Too Precious Exhibition

11 July - 20 September

My work is featured in the exhibition Not Too Precious at Ruthin Craft Centre. 

This exhibition explores inspirational work by 25 international jewellers using materials for their expressive potential rather than for their intrinsic value.   Not Too Precious challenges preconceptions about ‘non-precious’ materials by encouraging us to consider ‘accrued value’: what talented makers bring to their work through their ideas and skill.