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Category Archives: Metal

michelle mckinney: woven metal botanicals

Michelle McKinney works with hand cut translucent woven stainless steel, copper and brass to create wall sculptures and framed pieces that are at once simple and complex; abstract and realistic. McKinney’s inspiration comes from the natural world and it shows in every single piece. Just beautiful. . .

michelle_mckinney_botanicals7 Michelle Mckinney, Botanicals

stainless steel roses

Michelle Mckinney, Botanicals

hydrangea. . .

Michelle Mckinney, Botanicals

a peony in stainless steel, copper and brass

Michelle Mckinney, Winter Trees

 winter trees detail

Michelle Mckinney, Winter Trees

The UK artist often builds up layers in different woven metals of various thickness to create depth, as seen in the trees above.

Michelle Mckinney

part of her seed series. . .woven brass and copper

Michelle Mckinney

woven copper

Michelle Mckinney

work in progress

Michelle Mckinney, Butterflies

 a ringlet of butterflies

Michelle McKinney’s website

Visit her Facebook page for many, many more images of her work, detail shots and work in progress

rachel blair: longing to belong

Looking for a way to express feelings of homesickness and a long-held desire to belong, Rachel Blair created a collection of jewelry focused on the idea of a ‘sense of place’.

Rachel Blair, Restricted Deep Yellow Brooch

Restricted Deep Yellow Brooch

Exploring the psychology of attachment to a place and its memories, the recent graduate of Glasgow School of Art used silver and gold frames to capture hand dyed, tension set wound papers and ink stained tape tightly wound around metal frames.

Rachel Blair, Bound Brooch

Bound Brooch, ink stained tape, white metal, copper

Rachel Blair, Work in Progress

Work in progress

“The sensitivity of the fragile papers held in by pressure and tension; create an uneasiness and sadness, although aesthetically beautiful in muted tones of blue and green.”Rachel Blair, Constrained

Constrained Brooch

Rachel Blair, Held

Held Neckpiece

Rachel Blair is one to watch. . .I look forward to her next collection.

Rachel Blair’s website

jenny ayrton: sandcasting wonderlands

The UK’s Jenny Ayrton tries to see the world from the perspective of her young daughter as she creates domestic scenes, capturing miniature wonderlands in molten glass.

Jenny Ayrton, Autumn Bike Ride

Autumn Bike Ride

Jenny Ayrton, Urban Washing

Urban Washing

Ayrton describes her work as tiny stages – sets that allow the viewer to project their own story. I love this!

Jenny Ayrton, Washing Day

Washing Day

Jenny Ayrton, Rotary Washing Line

Rotary Washing Line

She creates the sculptures, made of sandcasted glass with metal inclusions, by making tiny, delicate wire and metal mesh scenes, encasing the wire model between two layers of hot glass.

Jenny Ayrton, Feeding The Ducks

Feeding The Ducks

Jenny Ayrton, Green Fingers

 Watch the video to see more about her process.

Jenny Ayrton’s website

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