Thursday, 30 January 2014


Images from Book of Kells

Running Dogs by Connie Jensen, Trifolium Jewellery

Available at The Fountain Gallery

This brooch is now on its way to deepest Ontario as a present for a vet. 

I designed it when one of the illuminations in the Book of Kells caught my imagination. 

Below is is a drawing from the original.

I have found several artifacts based on this design, but most jewellers and potters etc have copied the original exactly, and as far as jewellery is concerned, I think simplest is best. 

I redrew many times, as is my wont when designing a new piece and became more and more frustrated until I 'lost' the far side legs and all became clearer and cleaner. I kept the look of the rangy, ferocious hounds, and gained an airier piece of 3D jewellery, with a pattern of interlocked triangles, which looks dramatic on dark cloth.

The next stage was to use the same idea with a different animal. This was harder than I expected- and again, many others have done the same thing with varying degrees of success. I finally ended up with Running Deer, heavier and perhaps more formal than the dogs.

Monday, 27 January 2014


I have decided to do some early spring cleaning this year, and I'm starting with this blog. It has a cleaner, less cluttered look, and some revised and new pages.

Wigton is my local town, and the focus of much of my life. The tabs above have information about The John Peel Theatre and The Fountain Gallery. I am chair of Wigton Theatre Club, and one of the nineteen local artists and craftspeople who make up the Fountain gallery cooperative.

As this is a personal blog, I've added tabs about my jewellery, my publishing business and my writing.

More books, plays and jewellery are on the way!

Recording one of my short plays for Radio Cumbria