Monthly Archives: July 2010

Symposium Time-Table Announced

We are pleased to be able to announce that the time-table for the Material Connections Symposium is now available and it proves to be an informative and inspirational day for all attending. Click here for full details: Material Connections Symposium Timetable – 10/09/10

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Three Days Left to Get a Cheaper Symposium Ticket

Tickets are £24 (£16 NUS) before 31st July and £30 (£20 NUS) after 31st July and are available from the Farnham Maltings Box Office. 01252 745 444

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Interested? Join our Mailing List

We have recently added a sign-up form for our mailing list to the blog – take a look under the contact tab – we will be sending out emails in the run up to our Material Connections Symposium to keep you up to date on the time-table and features for the day.  Whether you have bought a ticket or not this is an ideal way to keep in touch easily.  It is also a great way to keep in touch in the future so we can let you know if there are any events we are planning or you are thinking of becoming a member.

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San Francisco – Day 2

Half the team got up early and enjoyed the lovely muffins Shana had made for us, then went off to the shop while the other half got up and got ready for our first full day in San Francisco.  We then all had breakfast number two before heading off down Market street to Fisherman’s Wharf, catching a trolley bus all the way round the water front to Pier 39.  Pier 39 is a very touristy place with some interesting tack, lots of bustle, some fabulous views and a lots of seals.
Mmmmmm...Chocolate and Strawberries at the Market

Mmmmmm...Chocolate and Strawberries at the Market

Seals at the pier

Seals at the pier

After the classic lunch of soup in a sour dough bread casing we strolled round the water front a little further to go up the hill to the most crooked street, stopping off at the cannery for an ice cream. As the cable cars were all full, it was a steep walk, although half of the group were a bit naughty and being slightly in front managed to jump on one for a short ride!  All arriving at the wiggly street (you know the one it is in so many films!) we walked down it, a little disappointed that the only reason you could see it was so wobbly was that lots of cars were traveling down it and they protruded above the bushes and flowers.
San Francisco Street Car

San Francisco Street Car

From here we went on to Lombard street that led up to the Coit Tower (a lady called Lillie gave this to San Francisco because she loved it so much).  Here there were great views including a better one of the crooked street.
Tower San Francisco

A Tower San Francisco (but not the Coit!)

Heading down the other side we walked through some lovely gardens on Telegraph Hill, through Jackson Square and the Historic District and into China town, popping in and out of shops as we went along eventually emerging out onto Market street to catch a trolley bus back ‘home’.
That evening it was great to meet up with current San Francisco resident and ex studio mate of  JSN member Rebecca and go out for Baritos (apparently a San Francisco version to add to the Mexican dishes). Delicious!   We stopped off on the way back for a beer and then headed back home to bed after a full day’s sight-seeing.

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JSN Exchange Trip to San Francisco – Day 1

To enrich the symposium experience members of the JSN travelled to San Francisco to meet the Critique Collective and absorb themselves in the culture of US contemporary jewellery.

The JSN travel team got up in the early hours Tuesday to head off to the airport for the very long journey.  Napping regularly all the way and a change in Charlotte we all arrived safely in San Francisco early evening. Kelly from the Critique Collective collected the JSN travellers from the Airport and took us to our amazing accommodation in Mission where we met Shana, another Critique Collective member with our instructions and keys.  Jen our landlady for the week came in later, introducing us to the cats and made us a much appreciated cup of tea.  Pretty soon after we all went to bed exhausted with traveling and time we had been up!  Below is a pic of the lovely apartment we were staying in.

The Fabulous San Francisco Appartment

The Fabulous San Francisco Appartment

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Making Jewellery Magazine Competition

We are pleased to be able to tell you that we are running a competition in conjunction with Making Jewellery Magazine to win two free tickets to the Symposium.  See the September edition of Making Jewellery available at the end of August for details of how to enter.  The closing date is September 3rd – good luck.

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