I had an extremely busy April and May, because on the same day that my solo show opened I went to collect my first ever puppy, Jack. Well to be honest he’s not really my puppy, he belongs to a charity called Canine Partners, which provides assistance dogs for people with disabilities: I’ll be his puppy parent for the next year or so. It’s my job to socialise him and get him ready for advanced training.
This was Jack very soon after we got him. Very timid: creeping out gingerly from under my jacket, which was hanging on the back of a chair. Tiny – just 7 weeks old – and extremely cute.
Well of course since then my life has been entirely different. As Heather, our Somerset regional trainer says: ‘He’s a baby! A baby puppy!’ I remember nodding wisely as very pregnant new allotmenteers arrived at the allotment site, convinced that they’d have a lovely time growing vegetables whilst their baby slept blissfully in the shade of the shed. It never happened: they always disappeared when the reality of motherhood struck.
Well I haven’t completely stopped all normal activities, but my jewellery making has definitely been curtailed since Jack’s arrival. Of course he does sleep a lot, but then I have to rush around madly trying to fit in all those other things that you can’t do with a puppy in your arms or under your feet.
So, what I really need to say – is that this being June and a very busy month in the world of jewellery – I have just about managed to post work off to two more galleries for their summer shows, and to set up in the Barbican for the Designer Jewellers Group summer show, and next week we’re off to Bovey Tracey in Devon for the Contemporary Craft Festival. Please do check these events out if you’re anywhere near London, Devon, the Isle of Wight, or Hebden Bridge. More details below. And soon, I promise, more about the lovely Jack!
Designer Jewellers Group @ The Barbican Arts Centre, London, EC2 midday – 8pm, every day until 21st June.
Atelier Jewellers, 66 High Street, Ryde, Isle of Wight. Summer show on now until October.
And coming soon:
Heart Gallery, The Arts Centre, 4a Market Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6AA. 10th June – 2nd October.
The Contemporary Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey, Devon, 15th – 17th June.