The Shape Of Words
This project came about during the Summer of 2020. Outwardly, and 100% of the time, I'm simply me. A video gaming, jewellery making, sci-fi & horror film loving human in Cardiff. I'm also autistic with sensory processing disorder. This means I am hypersensitive to some sensory input, and hyposensitive to others. If I am ill or stressed, these sensitivities are amplified. I am hypersensitive to sound. I 'm unable to filter it out and frequently 'see' sounds as shapes. When I started looking at learning some very basic conversational Welsh during that first Covid Summer, I was not in a good place. I do not cope with change well and need to plan to stay calm. Covid meant my comfort zone had disappeared. I was in freefall. So I wasn't exactly surprised that the sound of these new (to me) Welsh words were evoking very intense, visceral repsonses. I started 'seeing/feeling' some of them very strongly, and began wondering how these shapes would translate to jewellery pieces. This led to the creation of the project The Shape of Words.
In a nutshell, the project would be to attempt a collection of ten pieces of jewellery, all based on my initial sensory responses to different words. I decided I’d make no attempt to make the pieces look cohesive and I would experiment with materials and form freely. I would keep a blog/diary during the process (I did, you can read it here). The project would culminate in a physical exhibition of the finished jewellery pieces at Oriel Bevan Jones Gallery in Carmarthen, a further exhibition in the Autism Directory’s Hub in Caerphilly, an online gallery on my website, accompanied by a ‘virtual gallery visit’ short film by Chris Lloyd.
Unfortunately continued Covid restrictions mean the film and physical exhibitions are unavoidably delayed until restrictions are lifted. Covid willing, I will further show the work at the Autism Directory Live show in September 2021.
I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed this journey, and don’t feel I’m overstating the importance it has had for me during this time. It’s literally been a creative lifeline to hang onto when I couldn’t be sure of anything else, as well as giving me inspiration and a new direction for my work. I hope you enjoy the results.
Please click on any of the 10 images below to see them in full, and find out more about each piece.
If you would like high resolution images for reproduction, or to discuss the project please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I would also really love any feedback or questions you have, please email me or use the form at the bottom of this page. Without being able to interact in person to see how the collection is received, your feedback is doubly important!
This project was made possible by funding from Arts Council of Wales & National Lottery.