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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