Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Layers of Light (and Jimmy Choo)

Have you noticed how each place has its own particular type of light?  It's a transient quality that transforms and shifts through the seasons as the zenith waxes and wanes.

Here, the light is settling into a series of gentle layers; a gradual fading of intensity, getting quieter and more hushed as the land rolls outwards and away.  In the summer months, the distance registers more smoothly, the light is more even, but now, there is a staccato quality and so the layers present themselves, each distinct and increasing in opacity.

layers of light, September 2014, Cari-Jane Hakes
Then there is a time in the late afternoon, when if the light manages to struggle through the clouds it lights up the green of these undulating wolds with an intense emerald hue.

Late Emerald Light, September 2014, Cari-Jane Hakes
On the bench I've been catching a few autumn leaves, before they fall and disappear for a few months, and mixing in a few monogram elements to see how they lie together.

on the bench, September 2014
Working for this year really has me on my toes.  I'm working 6 months ahead and have just finalised prototypes for Valentine's Day 2015 (!).  Whilst I was doing that, the Hybrid Handmade Husband found himself chatting with Jimmy Choo at London Fashion Week (as you do).  Mr Choo was kind enough to spend time imparting wise words - what a gentleman and a scholar!

Jimmy Choo with Julian Hakes, London Fashion Week, September 2014
And so, back to the bench I go - some preparation for that time of the year that starts with 'C' that no one should really be talking about or thinking about until at least mid November....

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Holiday Necklaces

Let's face it, you don't want to be sporting your grandmother's hand me down rope of pearls whilst on the beach getting sand in your sandwiches!  On occasions like these I wear a paired down assemblage of accessories.  Less is More, in life and whilst on holiday.  These are so simple, perfectly fuss free and totally beautiful in an unassuming casual way.  Come to think of it, these are ALL the qualities I strive for when I'm designing a piece!

Holiday Necklaces, August 2014, Cari-Jane Hakes

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Learning to write

A childhood of moving around between seven different schools left me with a few gaps in my knowledge; number bonds, multiplication tables and an almost complete inability to spell were among the most noticeable voids. I mostly worked out my own systems and strategies to deal with the shortfalls and I can't say the chopping and changing has held me back in anyway.

Oh, and I also managed to miss all the classes on 'joined up writing'. This summer I therefore purchased myself a little calligraphy kit from Linea Carta (here) and decided it was high time I learned to do some proper joined up writting!

Tessellated Pebble and Thyme Branch, Cari-Jane Hakes
That said, I've been reading that some schools in Europe are beginning to phase out any kind of focus on handwritten skills, so perhaps I was just WAY ahead of my time!

Learning to Write
The summer is the perfect time to try out something new as it is that time of travelling to new places  and revisiting old haunts with new 'one year on' eyes. When the everyday routines are disrupted and rumpled new spaces seem to open up for new thoughts, concepts and learning new skills.

Are you taking the time to learn something new? Leave a link if you like to your newest pursuit in the comments below, if you feel so inclined.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I must get back to practicing my penmanship!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Postcards From The Edge

I'm on the lookout for the abstract in the familiar.  I want to find patterns of light and shade, texture and form where other people see just background or nothing at all.

It is a quest that finds me crouched low and quiet, trying to find the right light and the right angle that might reveal a hidden secret or two.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Diving For Pearls

Conceptually these two pendants have their roots in seaweed fringed rock pools lined with a shimmering array of quartz lined pebbles, barnacle covered rocks with oysters, hiding in the shadowed ledged depths, quietly working on their grit with determination.

Diving For Pearls, pendant, July 2014, Cari-Jane Hakes
Diving For Pearls, detail
I rather surprised myself with these pendants when I finished them.  The ideas for the components was floating and a little fluid, the making and constructing of each piece was like sketching in 3D.

They have a relaxed quality to them which is in stark contrast to the geometry and precision of my production work.

Gold and Green Pebble pendant, July 2014, Cari-Jane Hakes
 They are a welcome departure, a hint of holidays and summer sun.

Gold and Green Pebble pendant, detail
 More photographs and details can be found here.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sparkle-tastic mini cocktail rings

I made these.

Sparkle-tastic ring in rose gold tone
They are simple and beautiful.  No complicated concept or narrative, just sparkle and bling.

stacked with other rings by Cari-Jane Hakes
Great on their own, but they play well with others.

Sparkle-tastic ring in gold tone
In a rose gold tone or golden tone.

stacked with other rings by Cari-Jane Hakes, July 2014
Made to measure, crafted with care and attention. In the Etsy Shop.
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