A few weeks ago I decided to pay forward an act of kindness that had been offered to me. I was also challenged to offer my services to others. At first I had no idea what services I could offer, particularly while I’m currently stuck at home immobilised by Transverse Myelitis. The it came to me all at once. I could offer a place on my blog to someone who wanted to get a message out, and that someone could be another TM sufferer.
I made my offer and it was taken up by Sarah who makes the most incredibly beautiful jewellery. I asked her to write a little about herself and what she does and to send me a few pictures of her work.
Please take a moment to read Sarah’s story and visit her sites. It would make us both very happy.
Made By Dozy
“My Dad is probably the biggest influence in my decision to work with metal. As a child I recall he would return home from working at the foundry smelling of hot metal and burnt sand, mixed with Paco Rabanne. I was fascinated by the pattern makers, my Dad would say how very skilled they were at their jobs, I found it magical that they could create this shape in sand, molten metal would be poured and a heavy, solid, permanent form emerge. That permanence really appealed to me too, and would peak my interest in archaeology, the idea that an object crafted by hand could be rediscovered far into the future was very provoking.
In art college one of my tutors had a handmade Clogau gold ring, it was just beautiful, he and his wife had matching rings made for them. He encouraged me to pursue 3D design rather than my first choice of fine art. At the time I might have resented that a little! no more so than when I went for an interview for jewellery making in St.Martin’s college, when at the end of the interview they told me to take my portfolio to the fine art department as they thought my work was leaning far more towards painting than design …. I ended up getting a BSc Music Technology haha!
Today though I find myself working in metal. I returned to silversmithing via an adult ed course in Gower college, where I refreshed the skills I learnt way back in art college, and I love it. I love the design element as much as the creating, and although I have now started making pieces that I can recreate time and again my real passion is in creating the unique, and a little part of me concedes, I should have listened to Ozi way back and stuck with 3D design!
My work is heavily influenced by living in Gower, the landscape holds all the things I find inspiring, from iron age earth works and cairns to deserted beaches and ancient woodland. I try to walk everyday gathering inspiration as I go, even more so since my initial diagnosis of Transverse Myelitis, as it made me realise just how precious the ability to move freely really is. A couple of weeks ago that realisation became even more precious as my diagnosis changed from TM to MS, now there are no excuses, nothing will stop me making the most of my legs, no rain, no wind, no anything, I will walk and I will continue creating so that in the future I will have left a little something solid and permanent in the form of a ring, or locket or something else small and precious that somebody will love and maybe wonder about the hands that made it.”
Thank you for reading, please do take a look at Sarah’s work, Thanks x