Inspired by the egg cases that are commonly washed up on our shores, Erica created the ‘Mermaids Purse’. This piece features a beautiful Mermaid, hand-crafted in 22 carat gold with additional gold grains to shape the bodice and add texture to the fins. the Mermaid is then mounted on a purse of oxidised silver that has Cornish… Read more »
Make Jewellery Magazine talks to jeweller, Erica Sharpe, about her delicate creations and the design process in their April 2013 issue.
New work ‘Mine Beneath the Sea’ inspired by Levant Cornish Tin mine to be exhibited at the Best of the Best section at Art in Action
do feel as though I have deepened my understanding of this area, and tin, and have produced preparatory work which will lead to further pieces which reflect how it feels to be in this amazing place.
Another walk to the Cot valley and Porth Nanveen- this time the low tide has revealed some amazing sculpted shapes in the boulders.
A walk along the coast path towards Botallack (after the gale force winds have dropped). I come across a lizard basking in the sun on a Coast Path sign – I hope no one saw me creeping-up on hands and knees to get this picture – typically I only had a normal lens on my camera
head off to Truro to spend some more time in the Royal Cornwall Museum. I revisit the minerals and mining section to look more closely at certain things, and spend time in the art galleries. I am drawn to the Arts and Crafts Newlyn copper work – the Arts and Crafts designs are great examples of that era – and the craftsmanship is superb.
A calm and warm start to the day. I walk to the top of the Cape to watch the seals and continue developing some ideas. I sketch out the rocks surrounding me using a variety of media to try and capture their character.
The area is one of huge contrasts. Dark mines that haven’t seen natural light and the big skies and sea scapes above. Exposed granite cliffs – windswept and rugged, drop down into lush, sheltered valleys where sounds change with each drop in depth, bird song fills the air and chattering streams run to the sea.
A bright and breezy morning so I head off to Sennen Cove to beach comb. Fascinating shapes made by seaweed washed up by the stormy seas remind me of drawings on the sand. Colours, shapes and shadows. I look up the coast line to Cape Cornwall.