One more close-up from my #MAshow at @thecassart / The Cass. My research focused on analysing and understanding reflection as a critical tool for both deconstruction and generation of personal and practice-related narratives. My methodology was then centred on creating situations in which to practice that would generate reflection through exploring new /unknown, different/ unfamiliar and / or uncomfortable ways of working.
For this research exercise I joined @pennyakester 's project #PassItAlong, which involved contributing ideas and labour to three pieces. I started a piece sending out a component, I worked on another's middle stage, and completed a third (the one in this picture) to keep. This had components from two other jewellers (a length of oxidised copper chain and some beading). I removed some of the beading, trashed and fused the chain to itself and painted it with golden nail varnish, added the chocolate foil pendant, mounted it on a rusty can top and set it in biscuit tin as a brooch.
A lot of my research has been about bringing subconscious approaches into the conscious so they could be observed, analysed and possibly repeated. Taking part in this project for three years, it has been invaluable to have the opportunity to explore and analyse over time, and with different groups of people, issues of:
-authorship and identity (what does it mean to make a piece our own? what would we/others call "our/your" work? what makes your work "yours"?),
- control, intervention and collaboration (how easy is it to let go of our work/ideas? how far are we willing and/or capable of intervening in somebody else's work? how do we feel when people intervene in ours? how do we cope with perceived differences in skillsets and aesthetics?) On another note, when I mounted the brooch, it ended up looking very much like a @bobebendorf piece! I laughed as he is a dear friend and mentor. I showed it to him and we both laughed again at what is authorship and what is copying. The piece is now titled, in homage to Bob, "Does My Brooch Look Bob In This?"