On Saturday 8th September, CARVE will be hosting a (now sold-out) workshop as part of a Ladies, Wine & Design Glasgow (LWD) event and exhibition at The Lighthouse in Glasgow. LWD want to celebrate the life and work of Margaret Macdonald MacKintosh, the genius behind Charles Rennie MacKintosh. LWD asked Kate to make a piece as part of the exhibition, which you'll be able to see from Saturday! But we wanted to get deep behind the work, so we made her talk about it:
Recently, my time at the bench has been fairly limited. It’s not only finding the time to make time, but sometimes the feeling of what the hell am I going to make? I’ve been so busy with Vanilla Ink, launching The Smiddy and running CARVE as well, I don’t really know what kind of jeweller I am anymore. I hope that will change one day in the close future - but I have been itching to get back making. We got a brief from Ladies, Wine & Design Glasgow and I thought it would be the perfect excuse!
So the initial brief was to be inspired by Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh (MMM). I loved Charles Rennie Mackintosh when I was younger, and until I started seeing a lot of replicas didn’t know much about Margaret. I saw a bit of her work at the recent Alphonse Mucha exhibition at the Kelvingrove in Glasgow and loved it. This upcoming exhibition at The Lighthouse is all about empowering women, especially women in design.
So I wanted to create a piece that was delicate and strong at the same time. Capturing an air of power but also serenity. I used one of MMM’s iconic pictures (the Seven Princesses tryptic) and took shape elements from that as well as channeling some colour and detail.
What do I hope will happen with my piece? I haven’t thought that far. Maybe someone will fall in love with it; I can’t see it being an everyday piece but it’s certainly statement, I think it will work well as part of the exhibition.
This little moment of making did give me a bit of spark. I found it so enjoyable to be at the bench carving for 3 hours, so relaxing. But it also showed me that I still don’t know what kind of jeweller I want to be. Something will inspire me to make my next piece...I’m sure of it!