Joanne Haywood is exhibiting in 'World on a String' at Mobilia Gallery until 31 August 2017
Our Directory Maker of the Week, Joanne Haywood, talks to us about getting into making, what inspires her and her favourite part of the making process.
Who or what got you into making?
I have always been making, ever since I can remember. As a child I was happiest when playing with materials and constructing things, so it was a natural evolution rather than a carefully considered career path. When I was 16 I enrolled myself in an adult education class for jewellery and silversmithing, where I learnt a lot of traditional metal techniques. This was in my spare time alongside my A Levels. I then progressed onto a BTEC Foundation Course in Art and Design and a BA in Jewellery Design. I graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2001. Since then I have been working as a jeweller.
Could you please tell us a bit about your work?
I’m a mixed media art jeweller. I incorporate both traditional jewellery, metalsmithing and textiles techniques alongside innovative and personal processes developed through years of material explorations and “playing”. Each individual piece of work dictates the materials and processes used, including metals, textiles, wood, found objects and crochet, stitch, binding, felting, fusing, oxidising, wirework, hand dyed yarns, painting and forming.
What are your inspirations?
I am inspired by everything in the world around me. Many things filter into my thinking and working, including the properties of materials, museum artifacts, folklore, archaeological finds, flora and fauna, fossils, folk art, old textiles and costumes, female pioneers and trailblazers. I am also inspired by non-visual sources such as stories and music.
My most recent body of work “A woman’s work is never done” presents 21 jewellery works made for 15 trailblazing women. Created over three years, the frieze of jewellery represents the women who have been important to me, influenced my ways of working or ways of thinking. The collection was prompted by an ACJ exhibition in 2014, where I made a neckpiece in honour of Patti Smith, in response to the theme of ICONS. I accumulated a long list of trailblazing women and I decided to make more works in honour of them and their work.
What is your favourite part of the making process?
Material exploration is the most satisfying part of the making process for me. Being a mixed media jeweller I am involved with many techniques and processes and I’m always learning something new. A familiar material can reveal new properties and surprises each time you delve deeper with experiments. I might get obsessed with a small number of materials and processes for a particular time, but it’s always evolving. I also enjoy seeing a new piece emerging into a final work.
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on a few different commissions and projects at the moment, including developing some new one off works for an exhibition later in the year.
You can also see more about my project “A woman’s work is never done” in the July/August edition of Embroidery magazine – the textile art magazine.