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Today On the Bench: Sculptural Swirl Ring Process

Today on the bench I’d like to share with you something I don’t normally share. The process of how I make a lot of my jewellery.

It has been two weeks now in isolation and I cannot help but feel a little out of touch. Stromness streets echo and folk walk into the shadow. To feel that sense of connection I have been having a go at live video and Q&A’s – perhaps more on my Instagram page (you can follow here > Zoe Davidson Jewellery Instagram). But this time I share with you something a little more intimate. Just me transforming sheet metal into something wearable and beautiful. I am always fascinated how things are made – did you ever watch that show ‘How It’sMade’ on the Discovery Channel?

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Overlooking the wild seas of Hoy Sound | Photo credit: Neil Ford.

“There is a channel of turbulent tidal water just to the South of Stromness, my home town. Using the ‘fold form’ technique, I create sculptural pieces reflecting the curling waves and swirling tide eddies of the sea. Every Sunday we enjoy a nice cuppa here, whilst gazing upon the dramatic landscape.”

The wave-created piece in the video is called the Sculptural Swirl Ring with a London Blue Topaz gemstone from the Hoy Sound Collection. It is a personal statement ring and has to be individually crafted by hand. It is my first video so there are hiccups here and there but definitely something I want to work on. Hope you enjoy it.

The Sculptural Swirl Ring with London Blue Topaz is available to purchase on my website here.

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Design & The Market: Scottish Institute For Enterprise (SIE)

In our lecture today, Dawn Shand talked about the Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE). It is an organisation which encourages, helps and inspires young budding designers with their potential businesses in Scotland.

It gave me relief to know that there were actually people out there who are willing to help an are experienced within the field. As you can actually go to them and get advice on your ideas if you are thinking about building a company – they could probably even tell you whether it would be a ready to get out in the market. So we are not all lost!

She gave us pointers to where student businesses could begin or even be run through:

> Promotions

> Freelancing

>Ebay/Etsy – could easily be used as a part-time basis by selling your pieces online.

>Tutoring – there are lots of people looking for tutors so you can build a reputation by teaching people your skills.

> Online Business – creating your own website dedicated to selling your work.

So how do you go about building a business? You have to really investigate what the market NEEDS. Here’s a true story: there were families stuck at the airport when their flights were delayed. Their children were bored out of their brains so the families started using their own suitcases as transport trollies and started wheeling them about on them! What a fab idea! This is when the Trunki was born.

The designer spotted impatient toddlers and found a great niche in the market! So people out there niches can come from anywhere – keep your eyes open!

 

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