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Su Trindle is a British designer and maker of sculptural modern silver and resin jewellery. My favourite place to be is my small workshop in my garden. I work alone, singing along to the radio striving to create beautiful well-designed, contemporary jewellery and make a living at it. This last is important, not just to my creativity and ego but to help feed by boys and the dog.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Five Senses

Lavender outside my workshop
Smell - I've been on holiday for a couple of weeks and when I opened up my workshop this morning and began to clean it, ready for work, it smelt wonderful.
Lavender bushes outside mingled with the evocative smell of my freshly oiled rolling mill, the sweet acid of the pickle I clean my work with and warm dusty wood of my workbench.
Sight - Colour has always been vital to my work. I love the subtle tones of contrasting metals from the soft sheen of silver to the industrial grey of titanium. Then there's the rainbow colours of resin or acrylic and in my latest work, pictured here, a touch of bright linen thread
oxidised silver chain with linen thread
Hearing - I like to work to music. We have a discussion thread on the etsymetal forum called "studio tunes". Imagine all those jewellers worldwide singing along to their favourite rock songs or arias. Haha, did you shudder? My workshop has really thin wooden walls and I pity my neighbours, I admit. At the moment I'm listening to Little Dragon, all light and summery but come the autumn and it'll be Clash and Bowie and by the depths of winter Tom Waits and Nick Cave will be growling with me.
Touch - The best way to tell if a piece is finished? Close your eyes and run your fingertips over it. The slightest bump from the solder join on the smooth inner curve of a bangle will tell you - back to the filing.
Taste - Hmm, I don't like working with copper much because the smell "tastes" really strange to me.
resin and paper earrings

The inspiration for my meanderings is the August etsymetal team blog carnival. Read all about their senses here:
1. Beth Cyr - http://bcyrjewelry.blogspot.com
2. 2Roses http://www.jewelrytutorial.blogspot.com
3. Victoria Takahashi - http://vtakahashi.blogspot.com/
4. Cynthia Del Giudice - http://cynthiadelgiudice.blogspot.com
5. Rebecca bogan - http://AdobeSol.wordpress.com
6. Lou Hunter- http://peculiarforest.blogspot.com
7. Inbar Bareket - http://inbarbareket.info/blog
8. Abella Blue - http://www.abellablue.com/blog
9 Quercus Silver - http://quercussilver.blogspot.co.uk/

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Good Things

I just thought I'd share a good thing with you. I was really pleased to be the featured "Meet the Maker" in Frankly Magazine this week. In all honesty, it took a while for me to get the photographs together and answer Emily Barnes' patient questions. The delay was all on my part and I was wondering why this was. I think it's an uncomfortable thing for an artist to put themselves out there. Mostly I work alone in my workshop and, of course, all my creative stuff is in my head and I'm not sure it's all suitable for sharing. I express myself through my work I work hard to create a perfect finished piece. This piece of jewellery is now ready for someone else to wear and add meaning to. It is no longer mine. So, it's more than a little bemusing when people want to know about the real me and my processes. So, yeah, I am always hesitant about answering questions and a little worried about the reaction I'll get. I shouldn't be because I've been featured in a lot of lovely places and every single response has been interesting and kind and a huge boost to my creative self-esteem. So, if you are lucky enough to be interviewed about your work, I'd say, put way your doubts, share your processes and your creative stuff. Go on, dare you! If you'd ike to read the Frankly feature you can find it here

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Corners of my workshop

I was allowed a huge heap of self-indulgence this week. Brenda (Lindecise) asked me to blog about my work space for the Etsy European Street Team. It gave me the excuse to clean the windows ( nice view of a golden football) and sit back and look at all the odd little things that have found a home in my workshop.
Everything in my shed has a story for me and every tool is well loved. Here are a few of the less explored corners. If you''d like to read the full blog piece, please Click here to visit Handmade Europe

Everyday tools. The hook my saw frame hangs from was forged by my youngest son.

Cabinet of Curiosities - Obelix has been with me for 20 years.

Sea glass, fossils,enamel samples 

Outside my door.
A carpenter gave me this lovely wooden panel. The toys just moved in.

My Dad's vise - over 50 years of use already.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

EtsyMetal 5th Anniversary Sale – Starts today! Sunday Oct 16-22

I’m very proud to be  part of the online metals guild, etsymetal – it's an international group of skilled and talented independent jewellers. This week to celebrate 5 years of etsymetal we're having an anniversary sale.  Many of our members are participating and it’s a fantastic opportunity to start your Christmas shopping or treat yourself to something new and handmadel. There really is something for everyone and at great prices.
I’m  offering 20% off many one of a kind pieces from buttons to big, beautiful cocktail rings.  To get the discount, use the code ETSYMETAL at the checkout in my Etsy shop. Hurry! The discount is only available for one week and in the one of a kind section of my shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/QuercusSilver?section_id=10561425

These are other participating Etsymetal shops.each offering their own discount. Check out the etsymetal blog for details http://etsymetal.blogspot.com/

discomedusa http://discomedusa.etsy.com
metalriot http://www.metalriot.etsy.com
Inbar www.inbarbareket.etsy.com
markaplan www.markaplan.etsy.com
bcyrjewelry http://bcyrjewelry.etsy.com
Juju By Sarah http://www.etsy.com/shop/JujuBySarah
Maria Goti http://mariagotijoyas.etsy.com
wildflowerdegsigns http://wildflowerdesigns.etsy.com
AdobeSol http://AdobeSol.etsy.com
Silentgoddess http://silentgoddess.etsy.com
Shirlee Grund http://shirleegrund.etsy.com
Lichen and Lychee http://lichenandlychee.etsy.com
Under Distress Jewelry http://underdistressjewelry.etsy.com
Hartleystudio http://www.etsy.com/shop/hartleystudio
ReaganHayhurst http://www.reaganhayhurst.etsy.com
Panicmama Jewelry http://panicmama.etsy.com
alisa miller http://alisamiller.etsy.com
LaJoailliere http://lajoailliere.etsy.com
Cynthia Del Giudice http://cynthiadelgiudice.etsy.com
L. Sue Szabo http://www.etsy.com/shop/lsueszabo?ref=si_shop
Erin Austin www.erinaustin.etsy.com
Jennifer Lawler www.jenlawlerdesigns.etsy.com
Michele Grady Designs www.MicheleGradyDesigns.etsy.com
SimplyAdorning www.simplyadorning.etsy.com
Victoria Takahashi www.Experimetal.etsy.com
NRjewellerydesign www.nrjewellerydesign.etsy.com
Karla Wheeler Design www.KarlaWheelerDesign.etsy.com
Kathryn Cole www.kathryncole.etsy.com

Ashley Jewelry www.ashleyjewelry.etsy.com
Ruby Iacuaniello www.etsy.com/shop/iacua
Sarah Hood Jewelry  www.sarahhoodjewelry.etsy.com
howlindoggie http://www.etsy.com/shop/howlindoggie
LivelyHood http://www.livelyhood.etsy.com/

Sunday, September 04, 2011

World Heart Day - September 25th

This month the etsymetal team challenge lends it's support  to World Heart Day on September 25th.
Their message is "One World, One Home, One Heart" and you can see more etsymetal interpretations of this theme on the etsymetal blog here.

I chose to make a simple, graphic pair of earrings in square sterling silver wire.. I  decided  to make a logo for the cause. expressing the feeling of protection and care that their message evokes with a simple house enfolding a heart.

I will donate 20% of the sale of these earrings ( I'm happy to make you  more!) to the British Heart Foundation. They are for sale in my etsy shop here.

Etsy Front Page Feature

I was delighted to find my sapphire blue earrings featured on the Etsy front page today. They were in this gorgeous collection by Zrinka.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Alexander Calder Challenge - Part 2

Alexander Calder
Like many other etsymetal jewellers this month's challenge produced a glut of ideas.
Pendulum Earrings
Alexander Calder's work perfectly expressed form, balance and joy and with this in mind I went searching for his beautiful mobiles.

When I saw this perfectly poised piece I instantly saw a pair of kinetic earrings. Bench cleared, radio turned up  - BBC Radio 6 is my current favourite - I made these pendulum earrings in one long afternoon session.

They are sterling silver, etched and oxidised with a punctuation in red enamel. The pendulum is in two parts and swings as you move. I'm smitten with them and have kept these for myself. I hope to make some for my shop later in August, what do you think?

Kinetic Pendulum Earrin