Mon – CLOSED
Tue – CLOSED
Wed – CLOSED
Thu – 10 – 5pm
Fri – 10 – 5pm
Sat – 10 – 5pm
Sun – 12 – 5pm
Joanne Baker will spend time at The Velvet Easel Gallery on Sunday 9th February between 13.30 – 15.30hrs showing us how she creates her beautiful work. Joanne’s jewellery has been very much admired in the gallery – it is lively, vibrant and inspiring. Join us and see how she creates her work – enjoy a glass of wine while you watch!
I’ve worked as a painter, lecturer and art therapist for 25 years, exhibiting and working all over the world. What really excites me now about working in jewellery is the move from 2D painting into 3D work – I see it as ‘mini sculpture’ in effect, while a brooch can be seen as a mini portable painting. It is this ‘portability’ that makes jewellery so democratic – a sculpture that moves with the wearer away from the gallery setting and through space; its potential to communicate political or cultural ideas, or simply creative play, and to trigger a conversation in the street.
I also love experimenting with new materials and using them together – silver, resin, textiles and lately, wood.
The designs have developed from watching the building site outside my window and fuse urban shapes and motifs with colourful resin and oxidised silver to create urban-inspired jewellery. Intrigued by the surprisingly feminine truck colours and home building in stark contrast to the muddy, gritty grey builders’ environment, I’ve translated these into cast resin and oxidised silver, with embedded gold leaf and nails in some pieces. Mixing resin is a bit like painting or even cooking – wearing a gas mask – except after the resin has set many hours of laborious sanding and polishing by hand follows!
In addition to making jewellery I also teach both community and private workshops in jewellery making techniques, felt making, drawing and painting.