Tokyo-based Mark Dytham is co-founder of multidisciplinary architecture studio Klein Dytham Architecture.Royal College of Art graduate Mark Dytham moved to Tokyo in 1989 to join architecture studio Toyo Ito. He formed Klein Dytham with partner Astrid Klein two years later. The award-winning studio has created architecture, events, furniture, installation and interior projects including Open House in Bangkok, Ginza Place, and T-Site Tsutaya bookstore.In 2013, Klein and Dytham launched Pecha Kucha, an event for young designers in Tokyo to meet and share work. The programme has now expanded to over 1000 cities worldwide, creating an international network for designers.Dytham has spoken at multiple international design events and teaches at universities in Japan and worldwide.In 2000 Dytham received an MBE for his services to British design in Japan.www.klein-dytham.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Material Matters with Grant Gibson
Ndidi Ekubia creates extraordinary, almost liquid-looking, vessels from silver. She graduated from the University of Wolverhampton in 1995, before going on to the Royal College of Art. Since then, her work has been shown internationally at exhibitions such as TEFAF in Maastricht, Masterpiece in London, and Pavilion of Art & Design in New York.Her pieces are held in Winchester Cathedral, Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museum and The Asmolean Museum in Oxford. Currently, she has a series of vessels in Mirror Mirror, a new exhibition at Chatsworth House that also contains furniture, lighting, ceramics, and sculpture from designers such as Fernando Laposse, Samuel Ross, Faye Toogood, and Ettore Sottsass. Ndidi was awarded an MBE in 2017 for services to silversmithing. In this episode we talk about: why she loves silver; the rhythm that lies behind her process; listening to the metal and trying not to ‘torture' her material; silver's memory; the importance of function; the African influence in her pieces; wanting to leave Manchester as a child but returning as an adult; her early love of Lowry; discovering metal as a student; having her work reassessed in the wake of Black Lives Matter; and her relationship with her gallery, Adrian Sassoon.We are delighted that the headline sponsor for this series of the podcast – and the Material Matters fair – is the brilliant lighting specialist, Bert Frank. For more details go to: bertfrank.co.ukSupport the show
Desperately Seeking Paul : Paul Weller Fan Podcast
This episode of the podcast was recorded live in front of a 'studio' audience at The Water Rats, London...In the realm of music photography, there are certain individuals who possess a unique ability to capture the essence of a band, conveying their spirit through the lens. One such luminary is Peter Anderson, a photographer renowned for his collaboration with The Style Council.Peter attended Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London, he was staff photographer at New Musical Express in the 1980s, and worked for The Face, iD and Rolling Stone magazine.Many of the most iconic images of The Style Council - Paul and Mick - were taken by him during their formative years (some taken before we even knew that they would be The Style Council).Trough his lens, he managed to encapsulate the band's energy, camaraderie, and distinctive fashion sense, which became an integral part of their identity.Look at the sleeves for those early singles - the rear of Speak Like a Child, the tree shot on Money-Go-Round, those amazing images for the À Paris EP, that Café Bleu album cover... iconic images that have stood the test of time.He also took incredible photos of music icons such as Madonna, Iggy Pop, Marvin Gaye, Joe Strummer, Bowie, Jagger, Sade, Depeche Mode, Herbie Hancock, The Fall, Ozzy Osbourne…Oh… and THE BEST BAND IN THE F@&KING WORLD - THE JAM!Peter has a wonderful knack of being able to tell a visual story through his work. Each photograph possesses a narrative quality, inviting viewers into a world where music and aesthetics converge. His images not only showcase the band's on-stage charisma but also provide glimpses into Paul and Mick's camaraderie from day one. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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A Brief Introduction of Who Moved My Cheese Summary and ReviewWho Moved My Cheese is a self-help book written by Spencer Johnson. The book is an allegory that describes change in one's life and work, and how to adapt to these changes. The story revolves around four characters: two mice named Sniff and Scurry, and two little people named Hem and Haw. These four characters live in a maze where they search for cheese, which represents their happiness and success. One day, the cheese disappears from its usual spot, and the characters must adapt to this change to find new sources of cheese. Sniff and Scurry quickly move on and find new sources of cheese, while Hem and Haw struggle to accept the change and remain in their comfort zone. The book emphasizes the importance of embracing change and being open to new opportunities in life and work. It teaches readers that change can be positive, and it is necessary to adapt to change in order to succeed. Who Moved My Cheese is a short and simple book with a powerful message. The author effectively uses the allegory of searching for cheese to illustrate how people react to change in their lives and work. The book is easy to understand and relatable to anyone who has experienced change or uncertainty in their lives. One criticism of the book is that the characters are somewhat stereotypical, with the mice representing simple-minded individuals, and the little people representing more complex individuals. Additionally, some readers may find the book overly simplistic and lacking in depth. Overall, Who Moved My Cheese is a useful tool for anyone looking to adapt to change and embrace new opportunities. While it may not provide in-depth analysis or solutions to complex problems, it offers a simple yet effective message that can help readers navigate through life's challenges.About Who Moved My Cheese AuthorThe author of "Who Moved My Cheese" is Spencer Johnson. He was an American physician and writer who authored several books on management, including "The One Minute Manager," which became a bestseller. Johnson was born in 1938 and grew up in South Dakota. He obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California and his medical degree at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. After practicing medicine for a short time, he turned to writing and consulting. "Who Moved My Cheese" was published in 1998 and has sold over 26 million copies worldwide. The book is a parable about change and how individuals and organizations can adapt to it. It has been translated into 37 languages and has been used by numerous companies and schools as a tool for teaching personal and organizational change. Spencer Johnson passed away in 2017 at the age of 78.Brief Summary of Who Moved My Cheese Per ChapterChapter 1: The story begins by introducing the four main characters - two mice named Sniff and Scurry and two little people named Hem and Haw - who live in a maze and look for cheese to survive. They all have different personalities and approaches in finding cheese. Chapter 2: The four characters discover a huge supply of cheese (Cheese Station C) that they enjoy every day. Hem and Haw become complacent and start taking the cheese for granted, while Sniff and Scurry remain vigilant and continue their regular habits of inspecting the station. Chapter 3: One day, the characters notice that the cheese is running out. Sniff and Scurry immediately accept the change and start searching for new cheese, while Hem and Haw refuse to believe that the cheese is gone and wait for it to...
Behind The Knife: The Surgery Podcast
This spectacular keynote address was given by Dr. David Knott at the “Mattox” Trauma Conference in 2023. Mattox Vegas TCCACS: https://www.trauma-criticalcare.com/ War Doctor: https://www.amazon.com/War-Doctor-Surgery-Front-Line/dp/1419744240/ref=asc_df_1419744240/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=508953752346&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=15602939439351749599&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9009673&hvtargid=pla-906115140419&psc=1 The David Nott Foundation: https://davidnottfoundation.com/ Dr. Nott on BTK July 1, 2020: https://behindtheknife.org/podcast/war-doctor-david-nott-on-surgery-in-war-zones/ David gained his medical degree from Manchester University and in 1992 gained his FRCS from the Royal College of Surgeons of England to become a Consultant Surgeon. He is a Consultant Surgeon at St Mary's Hospital where he specialises in vascular and trauma surgery and also performs cancer surgery at the Royal Marsden Hospital. David is an authority in laparoscopic surgery and was the first surgeon to combine laparoscopic and vascular surgery. For the past 30 years David has taken unpaid leave to work for the aid agencies Médecins Sans Frontières, the International Committee of the Red Cross and Syria Relief. He has provided surgical treatment to patients in conflict and catastrophe zones in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Chad, Darfur, Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Syria, Central African Republic, Palestine, Nepal and Ukraine As well as treating patients affected by conflict and catastrophe and raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charitable causes, David teaches advanced surgical skills to local medics and surgeons when he is abroad. In Britain, he set up and led the teaching of the Surgical Training for the Austere Environment (STAE) course at the Royal College of Surgeons. In 2015 David established the David Nott Foundation with his wife Elly. The Foundation supports surgeons in developing their operating skills for war zones and austere environments and has now trained over 900 doctors through their bespoke Hostile Environment Surgical Training (HEST) course. In 2019, Picador published David's bestselling memoir, War Doctor. Please visit https://behindtheknife.org to access other high-yield surgical education podcasts, videos and more. If you liked this episode, check out our recent episode list here: https://behindtheknife.org/listen/
New Season 17!!! For the first episode of our NEW SEASON we meet the legendary photographer and activisit AJAMU X, at his studio on Railton Road, South London.Ajamu X (1963, Huddersfield, UK) is a photographic artist, scholar, archive curator and radical sex activist best known for his imagery that challenges dominant ideas around black masculinity, gender, sexuality, and representation of black LGBTQ people in the United Kingdom.He is the co-founder of rukus! Federation and the rukus! Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer + Archive and one of a few leading specialists on Black British LGBTQ+ history, heritage, and cultural memory in the UK. In 1997, Ajamu was the Autograph x Lightwork artist-in-residence in Syracuse, USA developing a series of self-portraits during his residency. He studied at the Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht, The Netherlands, and is currently an PhD candidate at Royal College of Art, London. In 2022 Ajamu was canonised by The Trans Pennine Traveling Sisters as The Patron Saint of Darkrooms in his hometown Huddersfield and he received an honorary fellowship from the Royal photographic society.Ajamu's works have been shown in exhibitions in museums, galleries, and alternatives spaces across globally since the 1990s, his recent solo exhibitions include Archival Senoria at Cubitt Gallery, 2021. As well as included in several thematic group Very Private? at Charleston House, 2022; Fashioning Masculinities, Victoria and Albert Museum, 2022; Kiss My Genders, Hayward Gallery, 2019; Get Up, Stand Up Now, Somerset House, 2019; On our Backs: The Revolution Art of Queer Sex Work, Leslie Lohman Museum, 2019. Ajamu's works are held in collections including Tate, London; Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow; Autograph, London; Neuberger Museum of Art, New York amongst others. His second monograph AJAMU: ARCHIVE was published in 2021.Ajamu X: The theoretical provocations, politics, and aesthetic qualities of my work unapologetically celebrate black queer bodies, the erotic, sex. pleasure and play. The work also poses the imagination/fiction in opposition to the constant framing of our complex and nuanced experiences from with a sociological framework, which constitutes a paradigm based on deficit. As a fine art studio-based and darkroom led photographer working with both digital/large format cameras and early analogue printing processes, my practice privileges process over outcome. The tangible/tactile sensuous elements of fine art photography are essential to my visual-photographic philosophy.In tandem with this, the work explores the ‘thingness; of the photographic print as well as the sensual, material attributes of both print and image, without allowing the usual flattening -out of the photographic image to simple notions of representation to enter the frame.Follow @AjamuStudios and visit his major solo exhibition in London: https://autograph.org.uk/exhibitions/ajamu-the-patron-saint-of-darkroomsAjamu: The Patron Saint of Darkrooms runs until Saturday 2nd September 2023, Free entry! @AutographABP Gallery address: Autograph, Rivington Place, London EC2A 3BA, UK Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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Is There An Overemphasis On Cancer Treatment Rather Than Prevention? Dr Shireen Kassam • https://www. plantbasedhealthonline.com • Book - Eating Plant-Based: Scientific Answers to Your Nutrition Questions #ShireenKassam #PlantBasedDiet #WholeFood Dr Shireen Kassam is a medical doctor, professor, and author of the recently published book Eating Plant-Based: Scientific Answers to Your Nutrition Questions. Despite plant-based diets being associated with some of the best health outcomes, myths about the need for meat, dairy and eggs in the diet persist. In this book, the authors Dr. Shireen Kassam and Doctor Zahra Kassamanswer all the commonly asked questions and concerns raised when people first consider transitioning to a plant-based diet. These two medical doctors (who both specialize in cancer treatment, one in the UK and one in Canada) tackle the frequently asked questions; How do you get enough protein? Is it safe for children? Is soya problematic for hormones? Simple and straightforward answers are supported with the scientific background making this book also the go-to guide for health professionals who are increasingly meeting patients and clients who have chosen a plant-based diet. Dr Shireen Kassam is Visiting Professor in the University's Faculty of Health and Wellbeing. She is also a Consultant Hematologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at King's College Hospital, London with a specialist interest in the treatment of patients with lymphoma. Shireen's role at the University is to deliver high-quality evidence-based education in the field of plant-based nutrition. She has developed and facilitates the UK's only University-based CPD-accredited course on plant-based nutrition for healthcare professionals. Shireen is passionate about promoting plant-based nutrition for the prevention and reversal of chronic diseases and for maintaining optimal health after treatment for cancer. She qualified as a medical doctor in 2000, initially training in general medicine, and gaining Membership of the Royal College of Physicians. She then specialized in Hematology and achieved Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists. During training, she undertook earning a PhD University of London. Her research investigated the role of selenium, an essential micronutrient, in sensitizing cancer cells to chemotherapy. She was able to show that supra-nutritional doses of selenium could enhance the action of chemotherapy in the laboratory. She has published a number of peer-reviewed papers in the field of lymphoma. Shireen discovered the power of nutrition for the prevention and treatment of disease in 2013 and since then has been following a whole food plant-based diet. She has immersed herself in the science of nutrition and health and completed the eCornell certification in plant-based nutrition. In 2019 she became certified as a Lifestyle Medicine Physician by the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine. She is also a certified CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Program) practitioner. Shireen founded the community interest company called; Plant-Based Health Professionals, which can be found at; plantbasedhealthprofessionals.com. The mission to bring evidence-based education on plant-based nutrition to the UK. In January 2021, Shireen co-founded and launched the UK's first CQC-registered, online, multi-disciplinary, plant-based lifestyle medicine healthcare service, Plant Based Health Online. To Contact Dr Shireen Kassam, go to plantbasedhealthonline.com Disclaimer:Medical and Health information changes constantly. Therefore, the information provided in this podcast should not be considered current, complete, or exhaustive. Reliance on any information provided in this podcast is solely at your own risk. The Real Truth About Health does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, products, procedures, or opinions referenced in the following podcasts, nor does it exercise any authority or editorial control over that material. The Real Truth About Health provides a forum for discussion of public health issues. The views and opinions of our panelists do not necessarily reflect those of The Real Truth About Health and are provided by those panelists in their individual capacities. The Real Truth About Health has not reviewed or evaluated those statements or claims.
Miriam Elia is the Royal College of Art trained illustrator and writer of the hilarious Ladybird spoof series which includes We Do Lockdown, We Go To The Gallery and We See The Sights. You can purchase her books, cards, prints and ceramics at Dungbeetlebooks.com. Elia talks to James about her (successful) legal battle with Penguin books, fighting the lockdown, Judaism, the history of Baal worship and much more besides. You're gonna love this one! / / / / / / Support James monthly at: subscribestar.com/jamesdelingpole Support James' Writing at: substack.com/jamesdelingpole Buy James a Coffee at: buymeacoffee.com/jamesdelingpole Earn interest on Gold: https://monetary-metals.com/delingpole/
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Miriam Elia is the Royal College of Art trained illustrator and writer of the hilarious Ladybird spoof series which includes We Do Lockdown, We Go To The Gallery and We See The Sights. You can purchase her books, cards, prints and ceramics at Dungbeetlebooks.com. Elia talks to James about her (successful) legal battle with Penguin […]
On Nick Ferrari at Breakfast, we discuss Prince Harry and Meghan in a 'near catastrophic car chase' in New York, Just Stop Oil stage protest in Parliament, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt says working from the office should be the 'default', Royal College of Nursing calls for counselling services amid 'explosion of poor mental health' among staff, Paul Scully announces he is running for London Mayor in an LBC exclusive, obese teens must be put on lifelong weight-loss jabs according to experts, Key Stage 2 SATs paper that left pupils 'in tears' has been revealed and water firms apologies and vow to invest £10 billion in 'Victorian-era' infrastructure leaving Brits facing one hundred years of rising water bills.
In this discussion all about resilience for our dogs (and their humans) Bobbie and Sarah discuss the Resilience Rainbow framework. This framework was developed by Bobbie Bhambree and Dr Kathy Murphy. Read more about the Resilience Rainbow here: https://iaabcjournal.org/the-resilience-rainbow/ Attend the Resilience Rainbow tour: Madison, NJ (in-person) May 20 & 21, 2023 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resilience-rainbow-tour-madison-nj-tickets-499130140687 Nova Scotia, Canada (in-person) May 27 & 28, 2023 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resilience-rainbow-tour-nova-scotia-canada-tickets-499100080777 Denver, CO (in-person and virtual) June 3 & 4, 2023 To attend in person: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resilience-rainbow-tour-denver-co-tickets-499040693147 To attend virtually: https://behaviorvets.mylearnworlds.com/course/resilience-rainbow-seminar Madison, WI (in-person) June 10 & 11, 2023 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resilience-rainbow-tour-madison-wi-tickets-558098506657 Asheville, NC (in-person) December 9 & 10, 2023 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resilience-rainbow-tour-asheville-nc-tickets-541560220197 Kathy Murphy (BVetMed, DPhil, CVA, CLAS, MRCVS) is a veterinary surgeon, neuroscientist, and Chief Scientific Officer at Behavior Vets. She graduated from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons UK in 1999, initially working in mixed clinical practice before studying for two postgraduate clinical qualifications. In 2009 she was awarded a highly prestigious Wellcome Research Training Fellowship to study for her Ph.D., in Behavioral Neuroscience, at The Queens College, University of Oxford, UK. She subsequently worked in the USA as an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Anesthesiology at the Icahn School of Medicine NYC and is now back in the UK and Director of Barking Brains Ltd (a neuroscience outreach platform for the animal behavior and training community). Bobbie Bhambree (CDBC, CPDT-KA) is the Director of Education and a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant at Behavior Vets. She is also a faculty member of CATCH Canine Trainers Academy and Agility University. Bobbie started her career in 2003 as a pet behavior counselor with the ASPCA Animal Behavior Center. While there, she implemented behavior modification programs for dogs who had been surrendered by the public or seized by Humane Law Enforcement. In 2007, Bobbie joined the Humane Society of Westchester, spending the next nine years as their shelter trainer. She created and implemented training and enrichment programs for the dogs, counseled adopters, trained volunteers, participated in community outreach programs, and performed evaluations. Sign up for courses and join the membership here: https://cogdogclassroom.mykajabi.com/ Join us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cogdogradio Music by AlexGrohl from Pixabay
Welcome to another episode of the "22 Lessons on Ethics and Technology" series! In this episode, I sit down with Jason Edward Lewis to talk about how Indigenous peoples are imagining the futures while drawing upon their heritage. How can we broaden the discussions regarding technology and society to include Indigenous perspectives? How can we design and create AI that centers Indigenous concerns and accommodates a multiplicity of thought? And how can art-led technology research and the use of computational art in imagining the future? Jason Edward Lewis is a digital media theorist, poet, and software designer. He founded Obx Laboratory for Experimental Media, where he conducts research/creation projects exploring computation as a creative and cultural material. Lewis is deeply committed to developing intriguing new forms of expression by working on conceptual, critical, creative and technical levels simultaneously. He is the University Research Chair in Computational Media and the Indigenous Future Imaginary as well Professor of Computation Arts at Concordia University. Lewis was born and raised in northern California, and currently lives in Montreal. Lewis directs the Initiative for Indigenous Futures, and co-directs the Indigenous Futures Research Centre, the Indigenous Protocol and AI Workshops, the Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace research network, and the Skins Workshops on Aboriginal Storytelling and Video Game Design. Lewis' creative and production work has been featured at Ars Electronica, Mobilefest, Elektra, Urban Screens, ISEA, SIGGRAPH, FILE and the Hawaiian International Film Festival, among other venues, and has been recognized with the inaugural Robert Coover Award for Best Work of Electronic Literature, two Prix Ars Electronica Honorable Mentions, several imagineNATIVE Best New Media awards and multiple solo exhibitions. His research interests include emergent media theory and history, and methodologies for conducting art-led technology research. In addition to being lead author on the award-winning “Making Kin with the Machines” essay and editor of the groundbreaking Indigenous Protocol and Artificial Intelligence Position Paper, he has contributed to chapters in collected editions covering Indigenous futures, mobile media, video game design, machinima and experimental pedagogy with Indigenous communities. Lewis has worked in a range of industrial research settings, including Interval Research, US West's Advanced Technology Group, and the Institute for Research on Learning, and, at the turn of the century, he founded and ran a research studio for the venture capital firm Arts Alliance. Lewis is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada as well as a former Trudeau, Carnegie, and ISO-MIT Co-Creation Lab Fellow. He received a B.S. in Symbolic Systems (Cognitive Science) and B.A. in German Studies (Philosophy) from Stanford University, and an M.Phil. in Design from the Royal College of Art.
You're faced with a beautiful crown with what seems like a decent root filling - but there's an apical infection present. Is the answer always endodontic re-treatment? When should we instead consider apical surgery so we can clear the infection WITHOUT drilling through the crown or having to dismantle posts? In this episode, specialist endodontist Dr. Peter Raftery and his associate Dr. Manpreet Dhesi will be talking about the Apicoectomy procedure that can be used to treat root-filled teeth using a 'retrograde' approach. They will discuss about how it fits into general dentistry, its indications and contraindications, its cost analysis vs implants and and the entire protocol for performing Apicoectomy https://youtu.be/sZOsLuuf-Vo Watch PDP148 on Youtube Protrusive Dental Pearl: The periradicular surgery guidelines issued by BES and the Royal College of Surgeons. Download the guidelines about periradicular surgery or on the app under the Protrusive Vault (where all the different files and infographics and the different things that you get as a Protrusive premium member) BES-RCS-Peri-Radicular-Surgery-GuidelinesDownload Download Protrusive App on iOS and Android and Claim your Verifiable CPD/CE by answering a few questions + You can get EARLY ACCESS to the episode + EXCLUSIVE content Highlights of this episode: 1:37 The Protrusive Dental Pearl 3:32 Dr. Peter Raftery's introduction4:05 Dr. Manpreet Dhesi's introduction5:16 What is Apicoectomy?6:29 Oral Surgeons vs Endodontists?8:48 Is a Microscope mandatory for Apicoectomy?10:08 Apicoectomy for posteriors11:00 Isolation Protocol for Anterior Apicoectomies11:35 Apicoectomy Protocol15:03 Disinfection Protocol18:41 Moisture control from the bleeding20:43 Risk of surgical emphysema - Is special handpiece needed?21:52 Indications and Contraindications for Apicoectomy 27:46 Endodontic Re-treatment29:05 Cost benefit analysis of Apicoectomy31:20 Success rate for Apicoectomy34:19 Case Scenario 1: 82-year old patient with a singular crown, root filling and a radicular pathology42:10 Retrograde fillings of choice 44:09 Grafting after Apicoectomy - is it needed?45:04 Equipments for Apicoectomy47:11 Learning more about Apicoectomy Apical Microsurgery Instrument Kit- the mirror, the pluggers, and the little curettes by Hu-Friedy UK Apical-Microsurgery-Instrument-KitDownload If you enjoyed this episode, check this another episode by Dr. Peter Raftery: How to Save ‘Hopeless' Teeth with the Surgical Extrusion Technique
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Synopsis The late Australian composer Barrington Pheloung's music might not be familiar to concertgoers, but if you watch public television's Mystery series, you've probably heard a lot of his work. Pheloung composed music for the British Inspector Morse TV series, chronicling the cases of a Thames Valley police inspector and his loyal assistant, Robbie Lewis, and once explained how he came up with the haunting “Inspector Morse” theme: “Morse is a very melancholic character ... and he was a lover of classical music ... He has a very cryptic mind and loves doing crosswords; we came up with the obvious idea – his name is Morse and so we used Morse code in the [theme] music.” Pheloung said the tapped code for M-O-R-S-E created a rhythm and even suggested a harmonic structure: “I picked up my guitar and there was the tune.” Barrington Pheloung was born on today's date in 1954 in Sydney, Australia, played drums and guitar as a kid, discovered Bach as a teen, and ended up earning a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London. He composed music for dance, films, and TV, including “Lewis,” the sequel to the successful Inspector Morse series. Music Played in Today's Program Barrington Pheloung (1954-2019) Theme (From "Inspector Morse") The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; James Fitzpatrick, conductor Silva Screen Records 4729
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Who Moved My Cheese Summary: The Keys to Adapting to ChangeWho Moved My Cheese Short Summary and ReviewSummary"Who Moved My Cheese?" is a short business parable written by Dr. Spencer Johnson. The book tells the story of four characters who live in a maze and search for cheese to nourish them and make them happy. Two mice, named Sniff and Scurry, and two little people named Hem and Haw. The mice follow their instincts and quickly adapt when they find the cheese has been moved from its original location. In contrast, Hem and Haw resist change and cling to their old ways, causing them to suffer and miss out on new opportunities. The story is a metaphor for the way people deal with change in their lives, particularly in the workplace. The book encourages readers to embrace change and take action rather than resisting or denying it. Through the simple story, readers can learn valuable lessons about adaptation, flexibility, and the importance of letting go of what no longer serves them. Review"Who Moved My Cheese?" may be a short and simple book, but its message is powerful and relevant. The book's straightforward language and relatable characters make it an easy read that can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of their background or experience. The illustrations also add to the book's charm and help convey the story's meaning. While some may criticize the book for being too simplistic or lacking in depth, others appreciate its accessibility and practical advice. The book's central message is not groundbreaking, but it is one that many people need to hear: change is inevitable, and adapting to it is essential for personal and professional success. Overall, "Who Moved My Cheese?" is a worthwhile read for anyone who feels stuck or resistant to change. It offers a fresh perspective on how to approach life's challenges and highlights the benefits of embracing new opportunities. About Who Moved My Cheese AuthorSpencer Johnson was an American physician and writer, who was born on November 24, 1938, in Mitchell, South Dakota, United States. Johnson has written several books on personal growth and business management. "Who Moved My Cheese" is one of his most popular works, which has sold over 26 million copies worldwide. Johnson graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, followed by a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He worked as a physician for several years, before turning to writing. Apart from "Who Moved My Cheese," Johnson's other notable works include "The One Minute Manager," "The Present," and "Peaks and Valleys." He passed away on July 3, 2017, at the age of 78 due to pancreatic cancer.Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson Chapters SummaryChapter 1: The story begins with an introduction to four characters - two mice named Sniff and Scurry, and two littlepeople named Hem and Haw. They all live in a maze and spend their days looking for cheese to eat. Chapter 2: One day, the group discovers a large store of cheese in a section of the maze called "Cheese Station C." They are delighted and make this their regular hangout spot. Chapter 3: Over time, Hem and Haw become complacent and take their cheese for granted. They develop a sense of entitlement and assume that the cheese will always be there for them. Chapter 4: Sniff and Scurry, on the other hand, stay vigilant and alert. They notice that the cheese supply is dwindling and decide to search for new cheese elsewhere in the...
In this weeks podcast, Han is joined by Courtney McLean. Courtney is a PhD candidate at Monash University, where they are conducting research to determine the association between veganism, vegetarianism, and eating disorders. Courtney is also developing a validated, novel eating disorder tool for these individuals who present in eating disorder clinical settings engaging in vegan and vegetarian dietary patterns. In this weeks podcast, we discuss:Where Courtney's motivation and insight for beginning her PhD research on the relationship between eating disorders, veganism and vegetarianism.Exploring your intentions as to why you are engaging in a vegan/vegetarian diet, and if this is positive towards your recovery.The importance of respecting someone's values and exploring the impact eating meat may have on their recovery.The quantity and portion sizes required in order to meet nutritional requirements.How current questionnaires and screening tools for eating disorders are not adaptable to vegans and vegetarians.The hope for research surrounding veganism and vegetarianism in eating disorders, including prevalence rates and cognitive traits.To find out more about Courtney and the research they are conducting, you can find them on Twitter @CourtneyPMcLean.You can also find the Royal College of Psychiatry Consensus statement on considerations for treating vegan patients with eating disorders here: https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/docs/default-source/members/faculties/eating-disorders/vegan-patients-eating-disorders-mar19.pdf?sfvrsn=be96d428_2Please note that this podcast discusses vegan and vegetarian dietary patterns and eating disorders. This podcast is not aimed to criticise vegan and vegetarian lifestyles but to explore the impact of these diets during eating disorder recovery. Please tread lightly, check in with yourself, and do not replace clinical advice and support with this podcast.
Douglas Stuart's debut novel Shuggie Bain won him The Booker Prize in 2020. It centres around an alcoholic single mother and her gay son navigating life on a Glasgow estate and it reflects Douglas' own troubled upbringing. After near homelessness he earned a place at The Royal College of Art…and went on to land in the epicentre of New York fashion, working for huge brands. In this edition of the podcast Douglas discusses how the music of Nick Drake helped spark romance between him and his now husband, and why Bobby Hebb's "Sunny" keeps the spirit of his late brother alive. Music Inherited - Pink Moon by Nick Drake Pass on - Sunny by Bobby Hebb Producers: Ben Mitchell and Catherine Powell
An estimated one in five new and expectant mums develop perinatal mental illnesses such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and psychosis, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists. While every pregnant woman should be screened for mental health issues at their 10-week antenatal appointment, new data from NHS England shows one in six NHS Trusts are struggling to report if they are following the clinical guidelines. We hear from the Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist Dr Trudi Seneviratne and Hayley Johnson a mum of two who experienced debilitating anxiety after the birth of her second child. When Sheilagh Matheson and her husband offered to house a mother and her daughters fleeing from Ukraine little did she know that the girls were musical prodigies and that their music would stop passers-by in the street. Sheilagh and 17-year-old Khrystyna tell us their story. The book ‘Honey, Baby, Mine' is a new joint project of mother/daughter actors Diane Ladd, and Laura Dern Working. It's based on a series of walks and talks taken when about four years ago Diane faced a serious threat to her health. Why does rejection hurt so much? The writer Kate Wills tells us about how her fear of rejection has held her back in life, and an experiment she did to try and cure it. Plus we hear from the Chartered psychologist Fiona Murden. The new BBC comedy drama Black Ops centres around Dom and Kay, two Police Community Support Officers in East London who join the Metropolitan police in the hope of cleaning up their neighbourhood. Instead they find themselves working undercover to infiltrate a criminal gang. We hear from its star, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Presenter: Anita Rani Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed Editor: Beverley Purcell
More than a million NHS workers will get a 5% pay rise after health unions accepted a government offer. But the Royal College of Nursing has rejected the offer. The Guardian's John Harris speaks to Pat Cullen, the general secretary of the RCN and Frances O'Grady, a Labour peer and former general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, about the future for public sector workers. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
An estimated one in five new and expectant mums develops perinatal mental illnesses according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Whilst every pregnant woman should be screened for mental health issues at their 10-week antenatal appointment, new data from NHS England shows one in six NHS Trusts are struggling to report if they are doing so. Anita is joined by Dr Trudi Seneviratne, Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist and Registrar of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Hayley Johnson, a mum who experienced debilitating anxiety after giving birth. It's been a remarkable week for women's sport, with record breaking crowds. Anita is joined by one of the women on the Woman's Hour Power List 2023 who has been banging the drum of women's sport for over a decade, Tammy Parlour, co-founder and CEO of the Women's Sports Trust. For the first time, the May edition of British Vogue features disabled models on its cover. One of these is Ellie Goldstein, the first model with Down's syndrome to ever star. She is one of fashion's rising stars, advocating inclusivity across the industry. Anita talks to Ellie and her mum, Yvonne about Ellie's work. The British tradition of kneeler making, hand-stitching kneeling cushions in churches, is a type of folk art that has been long overlooked. The earliest examples are from the 17th century and the reigns of Charles I and II. Will the coronation of a new king revive interest in this languishing art? Anita meets Elizabeth Bingham, author of Kneelers. A new BBC six part comedy thriller Black Ops centres around Dom and Kay, two Police Community Support Officers in East London who join the Metropolitan police. In the hope of cleaning up their neighbourhood, they find themselves working undercover to infiltrate a criminal gang. Gbemisola Ikumelo, perhaps best known for the comedy sketch show Famalam is the co-creator. She talks to Anita about writing and starring in the series. Presenter: Anita Rani Producer: Rebecca Myatt Studio manager: Bob Nettles
We meet Hettie Judah, chief art critic on the British daily paper The i, a regular contributor to The Guardian's arts pages, and a columnist for Apollo magazine. Following publication of her 2020 study on the impact of motherhood on artists' careers, in 2021 she worked with a group of artists to draw up the manifesto How Not To Exclude Artist Parents, now available in 15 languages. She writes for Frieze, Art Quarterly, Art Monthly, ArtReview and other publications with 'art' in the title, and is a contributing editor to The Plant magazine. She regularly talks about art and with artists for museum and gallery events, and has been a visiting lecturer for Goldsmiths University and the Royal College of Art in London and Dauphine University, Paris. A supporter of Arts Emergency she has mentored artists and students through a variety of different schemes. As a broadcaster she can be heard (and sometimes seen) on programmes including BBC Radio 4's Front Row and Art That Made Us. Recent books include How Not To Exclude Artist Mothers (and other parents) (Lund Humphries, 2022) and Lapidarium (John Murray, London, 2022/ Penguin, NY, 2023). She is currently working on a book and Hayward Touring exhibition On Art and Motherhood (opening at Arnolfini in Bristol, March 2024) among other things.In 2022, together with Jo Harrison, Hettie co-founded the Art Working Parents Alliance - a supportive network and campaigning group for curators, academics, gallerists, technicians, educators and others working in the arts. Follow: @HettieJudahVisit: https://www.hettiejudah.co.uk/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Join us for an exciting podcast with Dr. Shelley James, aka ‘The Light-Lady'! Dr. James is an international consultant on light and well-being and a renowned TEDx and keynote speaker.Dr. James has a wealth of knowledge on all things LIGHT and how it massively impacts your sleep & health. In this episode, discover the science behind how light affects our sleep-wake cycle and the fascinating factors unique to early morning sunlight…and so much more! GUEST BIODr Shelley James is an international consultant on light and well-being, TEDx and keynote speaker, WELL Advisor and Faculty Member and Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art. She is also a trained glass artist, electrician and open-water swimmer. Shelley is on a mission to inspire others to harness the power of the humble lightbulb to be healthier and happier and save the planet too.Current clients include global lighting and technology brands and regulators, healthcare and education trusts, architects and designers, universities and museums. A recent social media campaign to raise awareness of the impact of light on teens was translated into three languages and reached over 2.5 million young people around the world. Her TEDx talk has now reached over 190,000 views and was in the world's top three most-watched in the month after launch. SHOW NOTES:
The book Honey, Baby, Mine is a joint project of mother/daughter actors Diane Ladd, and Laura Dern. Working together is not unusual for these two as over decades they have taken their connection onto our screens but as fictional parent and child. Now 87 and 56, they have both had, and continue to have, critically-acclaimed careers with many character roles, gaining them numerous awards and nominations. They join Nuala to discuss their latest project. Nurses in England are taking part in what the Royal College of Nursing is calling 'the biggest walkout so far' today, and some teachers are striking tomorrow. Nuala speaks to Dr Susan Milner to talk about these female-dominated sectors taking industrial action. Nuala is also joined by one of the Grassroots women on our Power List, celebrating the 30 most remarkable women in sport in the UK. Somayeh Caesar is a teaching assistant in London and has set up several sporting clubs for women and girls. Service is the new novel by the author and critic Sarah Gilmartin. Famed Dublin chef Daniel Costello who runs a successful high-end restaurant is facing accusations of sexual assault. Set between the present day and the earlier noughties, the story is told from the perspective of three voices- the waitress, the chef, and the chef's wife. It's a story of power, abuse, complicity and Metoo. Sarah joins Nuala to discuss her new book. Presenter: Nuala McGovern Producer: Emma Pearce
MARY ELIZABETH MANCINI, RN, PhD, NE-BC, FAHA, ANEF, FSSH, FAANBIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH Dr. Beth Mancini is Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas at Arlington's College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Before retiring in 2019, Dr. Mancini served as the Senior Associate Dean for Education Innovation and held the Baylor Health Care System Professorship for Healthcare Research. From 2004 to 2017, she also served as Chair for the Undergraduate Nursing Programs. Prior to moving to an academic role in 2004, Dr. Mancini served as Senior Vice President for Nursing Administration and Chief Nursing Officer at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, Texas, a position she held for 18 years. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a nurse executive. Dr. Mancini received an Associate Degree in Nursing from the Community College of Rhode Island, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rhode Island College, a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from The University of Rhode Island and a PhD in Public and Urban Affairs from The University of Texas at Arlington. She completed a Johnson & Johnson Wharton Nurse Executive Fellowship at the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania and a National Association of Public Hospitals Management Fellowship program through the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. Dr. Mancini is internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work in high quality, high volume, accelerated online education (distance education). Her work in this area resulted in UTA's College of Nursing becoming the country's largest college of nursing in a public university and led to the College of Nursing receiving the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's prestigious Star Award in 2012.In recognition for her many contributions to the fields, Dr. Mancini was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, a Fellow in the National League for Nursing's Academy of Nurse Educators, a Fellow of the American Heart Association, and as a Fellow of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. In 2013, Dr. Mancini was recognized with a Regent's Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Texas System and was appointed a Visiting Scholar in Innovation and Simulation at The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. In 2014, she was reappointed as a Visiting Scholar in Simulation and Curriculum. Dr. Mancini is an active volunteer with numerous professional organizations. She has served as Vice Chair of the Basic Life Support Task Force for the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation and Chair of AHA's Education Science and Programs committee. She currently serves as a member of the National Academies of Science Global Task Force on Innovations in Health Professions Education, and member of AHA's Get with The Guidelines - Resuscitation's Clinical Work Group, and Science and Clinical Education and Lifelong Learning committee. She has served as President of the international Society for Simulation in Healthcare as well as a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada's Simulation Task Force and the World Health Organization's Initiative on Training, Simulation and Patient Safety. Dr. Mancini's research interests include innovations in education, interprofessional collaborative practice, and the development of high performing healthcare teams through the use of simulation. She has received over $6.5 million in competitive grants, has more than 100 publications to her credit, and is a sought-after speaker at local, national and international conferences on topics such as innovations in online educatInnovative SimSolutions.Your turnkey solution provider for medical simulation programs, sim centers & faculty design.
Nurses will walk out in an ongoing row over pay starting on Sunday and finishing on Bank Holiday Monday. Today's Mishal Husain spoke to the General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing and asked her about the decision to include A&E shifts in the strike. Mishal also spoke to Nick Hulme, Chief Executive of Colchester and Ipswich hospitals, to ask him how the strike is going to affect his hospitals. And with two of the biggest health unions now having voted to accept the government's pay offer, BBC Health Editor Hugh Pym looks at the prospect of whether this could avert more nursing strikes. Photo by ANDY RAIN/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock
Leader of The Reform Party Richard Tice kicks off today's show to discuss the morning's top headlines as BBC Chair Richard Sharp resigns as after a report finds he breached rules while being interviewed for his role by failing to disclose two potential conflicts of interest. Former President of the Royal College of Nursing Dame Ann Rafferty joins shortly after to discuss why the nurses' strike is to be cut short after a pay decision has been made. Campaign Director at Director at Defund the BBC Rebecca Ryan returns to The Independent Republic to further discuss the BBC in turmoil as an MPs committee claim the broadcaster is stuck in a TV and radio era without digital plan. Travel Correspondent at The Times Ben Clatworthy joins Mike to discuss the upcoming strikes by Mick Lynch and Conservative MP Craig Mackinlay closes the show to discuss why MPs are warning Britain will be unable to keep the lights on with net zero power. All that and so much more, so tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
A judge has ruled that strikes by the Royal College of Nursing be cut short by a day, because the six-month mandate for strike action will have passed. Two more unions are still to vote on Health Secretary Steve Barclay's pay offer. If they support it, could the RCN change their mind on the deal? James Heale speaks to Katy Balls and Isabel Hardman. Produced by Max Jeffery.
David Boothman, one of 6 siblings, is a celebrated composer, artist, musician, and educator, currently serves as Master Artist in Residence at the University of Trinidad & Tobago (UTT), and the chairman of Caribbean Renaissance Foundation, founded 8/2012 - which is a fusion of creative entities plowing the ground for a cultural revitalization and the re-invention of the Caribbean identity; an innovative strategic engine creating the platform for a proactive and inter- active transformation of culture, education and tourism; shaping the future of an integrated Caribbean by preserving its heritage, through the advancement of the arts, science, education, culture and tourism; and highlighting the war heroes who brought pride to and beyond to its shores - has been involved in the arts for over 45 years. "Booty/Ze Boots" comes from a family of artists and musicians. His uncles, Boscoe and Geoffrey Holder, are two of the best known artists from the Caribbean.Two of his brothers, Michael and Roger are also awarded artists and musicians. David attended Queen's Royal College in Trinidad and won a scholarship to Pratt Institute, New York, to study Art and became an honor graduate of the institute. In addition to being a top artist, David is also an accomplished Jazz pianist and composer. He moved to the United States in 1996 where he managed several bands. With his older brother, Michael, keyboardist David Boothman, would begin their experiments in that new fusion of African music, Shango rhythms, jazz, calypso, even flirting with the musical seeds of what would become soca in a few years, with David composing and original called “So Dey Say'' which won Best Arrangement and Best Original Composition. The band “Family Tree'' consisting of the Boothman brothers which later included the steelpan prodigy teenager, Len “Boogsie” Sharp and other wonderful artists, toured with Derek Walcott's Trinidad Theatre Workshop including Andre Tanker, the great Trinidadian flutist of the time, as well as international Jazz and Caribbean music festivals. David is the founder of CAJE Caribbean Art Jazz Ensemble and Founder/Director of the Caribbean Arts Central and Transcendental Caribbean. As a composer, artist, musician and educator, he has received numerous awards for arts in education and multi-media arts production in Trinidad and the US. In 1980, he was awarded a government scholarship through the Prime Minister's Best Village. Boothman has written and produced soundtracks for documentaries, composed jingles and has performed and recorded with Caribbean-performing leading artists. His paintings have been exhibited at the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, OAS, the National Museum in Dallas, Texas, as well international corporate buildings in Europe and Latin America. His works have been published in several publications, including the Musical America International Directory of Performing Art annually and the International Review of African American Art. "As a colorist, I am moved by color relationships, the subtleties of texture, nuances of line and shape, creating forms from abstract to figurative, from impressionism to cubism, from expression to quasi-realism." As a musician, he is compelled to explore the relationship of color and sound from a mystical sense. Check out his Caribbean Renaissance Foundation at: https://www.caribbean-renaissance.org/about/ Follow him @boothmandavid Check him out at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzB11HHjFs4 AND link up with him at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-boothman-b1372a22/
What you'll learn in this episode: How Melanie discovered that classic pearls could be seen in a new light. Why younger people, especially men, are embracing pearl jewelry in a new way. How Melanie's collaboration with Tasaki broke barriers for Japanese customers. The difference between types of pearls, and what it's like to work with them. How launching her brand right after art school gave Melanie a crash course in the jewelry business. About Melanie Georgacopoulos With a background in sculpture, jewellery designer Melanie Georgacopoulos works with materials in new ways to release their potential and stimulate new interpretations. She began her exploration of the pearl during her Master's degree at the RCA in 2007, after which she worked as a freelance designer under Antoine Sandoz for major international brands, before establishing her eponymous label in 2010. In Melanie's work the paradoxical, intriguing nature of pearls and mother of pearl is at the core of every piece, whilst the aesthetic remains simple, structured and timeless. She continually strives to challenge the existing preconceptions of these organic materials and that of traditional jewellery design itself. It is this unique approach which has given her the opportunity to showcase her pieces regularly at fairs, exhibitions and galleries worldwide. Melanie became well known internationally for her work with pearls, leading to her collaboration with TASAKI, which began in 2013. Directional line M/G TASAKI was born, marring Melanie's flair to cross design boundaries with the Japanese jewellery company's world renowned craftsmanship. Following the huge success of the seasonal collections Melanie was appointed Head Designer for M/G TASAKI in 2015. She has been a visiting lecturer at Central Saint Martins for the last four years whilst she continues to create her own collections and one-off pieces for special projects. Additional Resources: Website Instagram Photos available on TheJewelryJourney.com Transcript: Sharon: Hello, everyone. Welcome to the Jewelry Journey Podcast. This is the second part of a two-part episode. If you haven't heard part one, please head to TheJewelryJourney.com. Today, we're talking with Melanie Georgacopoulos. Melanie occupies some unusual niches. She's a specialist in designing with pearls, which is very unusual. For those of you who are listening who think that pearls are too old-fashioned or too formal, she has really changed the way pearls are viewed. She lives in Hamburg but has her office in London. She's also the Chief Designer for a collaboration with a Japanese company, Tasaki. Welcome back. Do you work with pearls in all colors? Melanie: Absolutely. This journey over the last few years has also been a journey for myself. I also started with this idea that there are only white, round pearls out there, and that's not true. There are Tahitian pearls, South Sea pearls, Akoya pearls. There's a whole world of natural pearls. There are different shapes, different sizes. Some are extremely rare, like conch pearls or melo pearls. Some are very common, like freshwater pearls. During this journey of discovery for myself, I've tried to launch some collections which focus on a certain kind of pearl to highlight it. For one of the collections I did, the Nacre Collection, I paired a pink pearl with a pink mother of pearl in way that's like the return of the pearl to its oyster, or a golden South Sea to the golden sea mother of pearl shell. Sometimes I'm sent messages through Instagram by suppliers or pearl farmers who say, “Hey, have you seen this? Do you want to work with what I make?” I'm like “Wow! This is new to me.” I've been working with pearls for 10 years and it keeps on giving. I find that fantastic. Sharon: Do you have a favorite pearl? Do you think one is better than another? Is a South Sea pearl better or easier to work with than an Akoya? Melanie: I don't think there's a better one. In terms of value, of course the more expensive the pearl, probably the better it is for investment. Another common thing I've heard said is that at the end of the day, you just have to like what it is you're buying. You want to wear it. You don't want to necessarily buy it and put it in the safe because you're too scared to wear it or use it because it's something too valuable. I really enjoy working with South Seas because they are so large. I've almost finished a bracelet which has a mix of Tahitians and Akoyas, and it's black and white. So, I'm mixing different kinds. The challenge with pearls is that they don't all come in all the sizes and the colors you want. So, depending on the size or the color you want for a design, you have to get it from a specific place. A lot of times, people don't mix a Tahitian pearl with a freshwater pearl because it's not considered to be right. You just have to use Tahitians or you just have to use freshwater. Because I'm very design-led, I will say, “No, if I want to have a pearl graduation from a two-millimeter pearl to a three-millimeter pearl, then I'm going to mix the pearls.” But color-wise, they're going to look exactly the same and they're going to match together. So right now, it's definitely South Seas, but ask me next year. I might have a different answer. Sharon: I want to know where you find a three-millimeter pearl. That's a big pearl. Melanie: You wonder if it's hiding something inside. Sharon: Do people come to you and say, “Here are my grandmother's pearls or my mother's pearls. I want something different made out of them”? Melanie: I have that too. They're probably the most challenging pearls to work with because first of all, they're very sentimental to their owners. It's the one thing you can't throw away, but you also don't want to wear it and you don't know what to do with it. A lot of those poor pearl necklaces stay in boxes, and it's challenging to say to someone, “Can I drill that necklace? Can I change it quite a bit? Are you sure, or do you want to keep it original the way you inherited it?” But I have some great clients that text me photos and are like, “Oh, I have this necklace and I don't know what to do with it. Maybe you have an idea.” Then I say, “O.K., but then you have to tell me who you are,” because it's designed for them. It's not even a piece they chose to buy themselves. It's something they inherited. They never decided, “This is the pearl size I like or that suits me.” A lot of times, I need to add or change it quite dramatically so they can incorporate it into their daily life and feel that it's part of them. But I love those challenges, I have to say. I invite those challenges. I learn a lot from them. Sharon: Do you look at a necklace and see what it could be? Melanie: I have to get the measurements. This is the age of digital now, which means photos. I ask them to take a photo of the necklace next to a ruler so I understand how big it is, how long the necklace is or how big the pearls are, because you're not going to ask a person you've never met to send you their pearl necklace. We have a lot of conversations before anything actually happens. I need to understand what their budget is—that's also important—and what their expectation is. Sometimes they want a bracelet; sometimes they want earrings. So, we need to discuss that. Then see what I can actually do with the piece they have, because sometimes they have unrealistic expectations. I have to rein them in a little bit. Sharon: When you say unrealistic expectations, do they expect you to make the pearl larger when it's really small? Melanie: Yeah, I think sometimes they have an idea of a pearl necklace or a piece of jewelry, a bracelet, and that's not possible with the pearls from the necklace they have. So, we either need to add pearls, or we need to start fresh and use the existing pearl necklace for something else. Sharon: You also mix gold and other things with your pearls. You had a couple of necklaces with gold woven in. Melanie: Yeah, I use gold, 18 carats. I also use diamonds. I've worked with sapphires before, anything really. I used silver chains at the beginning. A few years ago, I was doing larger pieces, so it made more sense to use silver. I used palladium at some point. You can't do everything with everything. The best thing is to figure out what you want to make and then the best way to make it. Sometimes it's a question of cost. Sometimes it's a question of what the client wants. Sometimes it's what I want the design to be and how much I'm willing to compromise, but at the end of the day, it needs to be a piece of jewelry that can be worn and enjoyed. That's when the piece of jewelry really becomes alive. Sharon: So, you have your own brand and your Tasaki collection. That's a lot of designing. Melanie: Yeah, I love it. I'm really lucky. It's exactly what I wanted. Sharon: Have you ever been approached by other places who see what you do with the pearls? Do they say, “Hey, that's really different. Why don't you come do it for us?” Melanie: Yes, but so far, my relationship with Tasaki is working so well that I don't need to look anywhere else. I'm also not greedy. I'm very loyal. I want this to run its course, until whenever it's meant to go, and see what happens. Obviously, there are elements I can control, and that is how much I love to work for them and how good the designs are. There are a lot of cultural, social, political elements I can't control. There's no way to know when this is going to end or slow down, but for now I haven't found another partnership that has offered me the degree of freedom I have and the satisfaction I get from seeing the M/G Tasaki pieces on demanding Japanese clients. Sharon: Has anybody ever brought you a whole bunch of conch pearls or melo pearls or natural pearls and not realized what they had? Melanie: Not yet. I think that's part of my wish list, that someone comes with a suitcase full of conch or melo pearls and says, “How much are these strange-looking pearls?” I would send them straight to the bank or to an auction house. I think it's the age where more people know what they have because they're able to find a lot of information on the internet. I think more and more it's the sentimental aspect of what you have. Of course, if you are a millionaire, then it's different, but I'm not. I think a lot of times, we cherish things that have no monetary value, but they're highly, highly sentimental. So, we'll see. Maybe someone does have one. Sharon: Do they bring natural pearls to you? Melanie: Some do, yes. They have natural pearl strands, but the pearls tend to be quite small. They were made at a different time. A hundred years ago, you didn't have access to cultured pearls. That trend had just started. So, there are still people who have inherited a small, thin strand of natural pearls. Sharon: You won a prize for the Diamond Fishbone Bangle, which I thought was gorgeous. Tell us about the prize and how you heard about it. Can you wear this bracelet with the mother of pearl? It looks very fragile. That's what it looks like. Melanie: It's not as fragile as it looks. No one really goes around banging their hands when they're wearing jewelry. I think you're a bit conscious when you wear something. Even when you're wearing a nice pullover, you're not going run your arm on the wall. You're a bit more self-conscious. The prize was great because it's a wonderful group, the Cultured Pearl Association of America, if I'm not mistaken, and Jennifer Heebner is the executive director. We've been in touch with her. It's a great recognition. It's always nice when your peers recognize something good you've done. Recently I got another award in London from the Goldsmiths, which is a very old institution. They awarded my lapidary work. I submitted a bangle made of mother of pearl which was carved. I had two old mine-cut diamonds inserted and set with gold prongs. I think they recognized the audacity and the search to present something new. This is how I took the award, and it gives me energy to carry on what I do. But I get the award and then the next day, I still wake up and take my kids to school. Life goes on very quickly after the awards, but it's still a nice recognition. Sharon: Why did you name it the Diamond Fishbone? Melanie: Because I'm not very good with names of jewelry. I always try to stay quite close to reality. Because the sheets of mother of pearl are layered in a fishbone pattern, I thought I would name it the Fishbone. Sharon: I see, O.K. Originally, I thought, “Why is it a fishbone?” Did the prize make any difference in what you do? Melanie: If it had been accompanied with a check of $500,000 U.S. dollars, it could have made a big difference. I could have bought some conch or some melos. No, it doesn't really, but it's a nice recognition. Unfortunately, they don't come with monetary prizes, which would be nice, to be honest, because it's nice to get that kind of support. But it's already a really nice accolade. That's why I entered last year also, and that's why I try and present work to these awards. I think it is important that other people become aware of the work I do. I think it's quite inspiring to students to see that these pieces are possible to make and that someone is doing them. Sharon: Some people feel like they entered and didn't win, so why are they going to all this trouble? Do you feel that way at all? Melanie: No. I entered the Susan Beech Award recently over Christmas. I spent a big chunk of my Christmas writing that proposal. I didn't get shortlisted, and that's O.K., but that was quite a difficult entry for a competition. You have to write down the budget, and it was a lot of work. It wasn't just, “Oh, I'm submitting a photo and the dimensions of the piece.” Sometimes someone comes a few years later and says, “Hey, I was part of the award panel, the judging panel. You didn't get it, but I still remember that piece you did. Maybe you want to do something now.” So, even if the result is not immediate in that I might have expected to win the award, other things are happening in the background that I'm not necessarily aware of and which might surface a few months or a few years later. So, it's a process. It's not really about winning. It's more about making steps, connecting to people, being active and not expecting things to come to me. I really see it like this. Sharon: I have questions about several things you said. I read this on your website or Tasaki's website; I don't remember where. Actually, I remember a couple of things. You talked about a statement piece. I happen to like statement pieces, but every time I look at statement, they're not my kind of statement. But you had really different statement pieces, so I thought, “Well, that's interesting.” You described pearls as gems. Do you consider them a gem of sorts? Melanie: They are officially gemstones. Sharon: Are they? Melanie: Yeah, they are classified as gemstones. There are other organic gemstones such as coral, but there was a time when pearls were considered the only organic gemstones. That's why I also call them gems. I think the way they're made is fascinating, because even if they're cultured—most pearls are cultured these days—you still need a little oyster to do the work for a couple of years to get one. Of course, the oyster is inseminated, but you still need that little animal to do this. For me, this is magical. It feels like a gem anyway because it is precious, but I think officially we call them gemstones. Sharon: I don't think of them as gemstones, but that's interesting. What I was surprised at was that you developed cufflinks for men. Not many people design jewelry for men. What does that do for you? Melanie: I think this is a sector which is going to grow. I think more and more men are interested in their appearance. You see the cosmetic industry growing. Fashion, of course, is growing. If you look at red carpets, the Oscars, you see more and more men wearing not only jewelry, but pearl necklaces. That has happened in the last year, year-and-a-half. It's always the classic white pearl necklace, because I think this is the contrast they're looking for in terms of cultural significance. I don't know if it's going to progress into different kinds of pearl jewelry, but there is a lot of interest from men now to extend their style into jewelry, and cufflinks are quite a big part of how they dress formally, although not in their everyday lives necessarily. Sharon: I have been told that men collect cufflinks. My husband doesn't wear them, but I have been told that men do collect cufflinks. You're very international. Is it that your dad is Greek and your mom is Greek and French? Melanie: My dad is Greek. My mother is French. Now I am married to a German, hence living in Hamburg, and my brother lives in Switzerland. We're still European, so I guess not that international, but it's interesting to grow up with two languages. It's the same as my kids now, growing up with two languages and just being open to the world. Sharon: So, you learned French before, and then you learned English just by going to school and learning? Melanie: Yeah, English is the first international language taught in Greece. From the age of seven, I learned Greek at school. Then when I was able to study in Edinburgh, that's where I really learned English in the sense of everyday life. Now I've learned German, so I speak my fourth language. Sharon: Wow! How does it happen that you have a London office? You live in Hamburg, but you have a London office. How did that come about? Melanie: That is because after I finished my studies at the Royal College of Art, I stayed there. I had my office and my business, and when we moved to Hamburg seven years ago, I decided to keep that. Moving to Hamburg was for personal reasons, and it made sense to keep all my contacts and my clients and my business where it started. Of course, there was Covid in between, but now what I'm trying to do is grow the German part. The business in London is still there. I have someone working for me there. I'm able to fly quite often now after Covid, and now I'm in the process of looking at what kind of fairs I can do here in Hamburg. Of course, in Munich, there is a very big jewelry scene. I was at Munich Jewelry Week last week. I think there's a lot to do in Germany because there's a lot of jewelry manufacturing, and there are a lot of jewelry artists and practitioners. I haven't had the opportunity to connect with this part of my life here in Hamburg yet, but I'm in the process of doing that now. It's exciting. Sharon: Were you unusual in that you opened your business right after school, right after the Royal College of Art? Melanie: I don't think so. That's a positive and a negative, but if you finish a college like Central Saint Martins or the Royal College of Art, you are expected to be a designer or to start your own practice. I say it's a negative because a lot of times you're not encouraged or not given the possibility to work for other people so you really learn more about how a business is run with all the steps. You're supposed to start everything from scratch by yourself. Obviously, this has its own challenges, but I think lots of us started our own brands straight after. Of course, over time, some people do end up working for others, and some people continue to do their own practice like I have. Sharon: That's very hard. Did you have business classes in school? Melanie: No. Sharon: No, nothing. Melanie: After all the possible mistakes—and I'm going to make more—I've come to a conclusion that I've learned a lot from all the mistakes, and I've figured out how to do things my way. If I could go back, I think I would work longer for someone else, simply because it's an invaluable experience. Once you've started your own company, it's hard to then work for someone else, but it is what it is. I feel like I can stand on my own two feet now. Sharon: Well, 10 years is a long time. It's a short time and it's a long time. Melanie: Hopefully it's a short time for me. Sharon: Thank you so much for being with us today. We really appreciate it. Melanie: It's been a pleasure talking with you Sharon. Thank you. Sharon: We will have photos posted on the website. Please head to TheJewelryJourney.com to check them out. Thank you again for listening. Please leave us a rating and review so we can help others start their own jewelry journey.
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What you'll learn in this episode: How Melanie discovered that classic pearls could be seen in a new light. Why younger people, especially men, are embracing pearl jewelry in a new way. How Melanie's collaboration with Tasaki broke barriers for Japanese customers. The difference between types of pearls, and what it's like to work with them. How launching her brand right after art school gave Melanie a crash course in the jewelry business. About Melanie Georgacopoulos With a background in sculpture, jewellery designer Melanie Georgacopoulos works with materials in new ways to release their potential and stimulate new interpretations. She began her exploration of the pearl during her Master's degree at the RCA in 2007, after which she worked as a freelance designer under Antoine Sandoz for major international brands, before establishing her eponymous label in 2010. In Melanie's work the paradoxical, intriguing nature of pearls and mother of pearl is at the core of every piece, whilst the aesthetic remains simple, structured and timeless. She continually strives to challenge the existing preconceptions of these organic materials and that of traditional jewellery design itself. It is this unique approach which has given her the opportunity to showcase her pieces regularly at fairs, exhibitions and galleries worldwide. Melanie became well known internationally for her work with pearls, leading to her collaboration with TASAKI, which began in 2013. Directional line M/G TASAKI was born, marring Melanie's flair to cross design boundaries with the Japanese jewellery company's world renowned craftsmanship. Following the huge success of the seasonal collections Melanie was appointed Head Designer for M/G TASAKI in 2015. She has been a visiting lecturer at Central Saint Martins for the last four years whilst she continues to create her own collections and one-off pieces for special projects. Additional Resources: Website Instagram Photos available on TheJewelryJourney.com Transcript: Melanie Georgacopoulos has done a few things to pearls that would make an old-school pearl lover gasp. She's cut them, drilled them and combined them in taboo ways, but the result is elegant, modern jewelry for a new generation. She joined the Jewelry Journey Podcast to talk about her collaboration with Japanese pearl brand Tasaki; which types of pearls she loves to work with; and why she didn't appreciate pearls until she saw what was inside. Read the episode transcript here. Sharon: Hello, everyone. Welcome to the Jewelry Journey Podcast. This is the first part of a two-part episode. Please make sure you subscribe so you can hear part two as soon as it's released later this week. Today, we're talking with Melanie Georgacopoulos. Melanie occupies some unusual niches. She's a specialist in designing with pearls, which is very unusual. For those of you who are listening who think that pearls are too old-fashioned or too formal, she has really changed the way pearls are viewed. She lives in Hamburg but has her office in London. She's also the Chief Designer for a collaboration with a Japanese company, Tasaki. We will hear all about her jewelry journey today. Melanie, welcome to the program. Melanie: Thank you for inviting me, Sharon. I'm delighted to be here. Sharon: Melanie and I went through a lot of iterations with the time, so I'm glad we did connect. Tell us about your jewelry journey and how you started working with pearls. Melanie: I have to say I am very lucky, because I've known from quite a young age that I wanted to be creative, and more specifically that I wanted to work in the field of jewelry. I must have been around 12 or 13 years old when I started making things with my hands. I didn't quite know what to do with them, so my brother suggested I use them as jewelry somehow. That gave me a purpose to create objects that related to the body somehow. By the time I finished school, I was 100% focused on the idea that I wanted to involve myself in jewelry. I grew up in Greece, by the way, so my first step was to study in Athens. I found a private vocational school where I learned about traditional Greek jewelry techniques, handmaking and production. It was more focused on technique rather than design. After those three years, I decided to broaden my horizons, so I went to Edinburgh College of Art and studied sculpture. I went from something quite small to something very large. I did a BA there. After that, I felt that I still needed help to figure out exactly what my voice was. I was very lucky; I applied for the Royal College of Art and got a place in the jewelry department, which is a master's of two years. I had a fantastic time there. It was during those two years that I discovered pearls. At the time, I was working with a lot of different materials, and I was designing a lot, but I hadn't really found my voice yet. By chance I started working with pearls. My first thought was, “What's inside them? They look intriguing.” I cut one up and saw those broad circles, and I was fascinated; I was surprised; I was intrigued, and I started learning about pearls. I graduated from the RCA, the Royal College of Art, with a collection of deconstructing the pearl necklace. After graduating, I decided to stay in London. I worked as a jewelry designer for a brand. We designed for other companies. A few years later, I decided to start my own brand because there was still a lot of interest in what I was doing, and I felt there was a niche to be explored. That was 10 years ago already. There was a niche to be explored about contemporary pearl jewelry. There wasn't really anything exciting being done in the field, I felt. This is how my journey started into pearl jewelry. Sharon: Did you have the emotional support of your family in this? Melanie: I was very lucky. My parents encouraged me from a young age to find what I was interested in and pursue it. I was very passionate from a young age, and they recognized and encouraged that. They supported me for my studies, which in hindsight I'm also very grateful for because I was completely free to focus on my studies without any financial constraints. They said to me, “We just want you to find what you're really interested in and the rest will follow,” and it has, actually. Sharon: Did you come from an artistic family? Were they creative? Were they sculptors? Melanie: In a way. My dad is a lawyer, but he always liked to build things with his hands and work in the garden. He really enjoyed that. My mom is an interior decorator. We always credit her for the artistic name in the family, but I think my dad secretly was also quite artistic, just not for his work. My brother ended up becoming an industrial designer. We were both encouraged to be quite creative. There were no constraints. At the time in Greece, there was a lot of focus on either becoming a doctor or a lawyer. Thankfully they kept us away from that career path. Sharon: I'm very surprised that English schools would accept somebody who hadn't already gone through their system. Melanie: I think I was lucky. Going to the Royal College of Art was easier because I had graduated from Edinburgh. In order to get into Edinburgh, I needed to pass an English exam for the language and submit a portfolio which I had worked on. It wasn't just, “O.K., if I show up, I'm going to get a place.” I had to compete for that. I have to say it was quite a shock culturally to move from Greece to Scotland, but at the same time, it was an excellent training for my English. It was a place where you have to figure things out by yourself. There is no one there to hold your hand, so it made me quite resilient from the beginning. Also, I think it might be the English or British mentality that you have to work hard for what you get. No one is going to be there to hold your hand and provide things to you. You have to find your own way to make things happen, which is what I have continued up until today. Sharon: When you went from Edinburgh to the Royal College of Art, was it a big change then, or was it just a continuation? Melanie: It was a big change because I basically had no understanding of the impact it was going to have on me. I was moving to an extremely creative environment, very competitive, but also the people who are chosen to go to the Royal College of Art are extremely talented, extremely focused, extremely passionate. You come in thinking, “Oh, I'm going thrive here. I'm going to be the best,” and you realize that the other 20 people in your class are exactly the same as you, if not better. But it was a very nice context. It wasn't competitive in a bad way; it was actually competitive in a good way. It was very international. I still have contacts all over the world because I studied there. It was also a change because London is still a very international city in comparison to a place like Edinburgh. In hindsight, I'm so grateful to have come to Edinburgh because I did get a taste of Britain, whereas in London, you get a taste of the world, but not necessarily that much of England. Sharon: So, you were studying, and you saw a hole in the marketplace? Tell us about that. Melanie: When you do a master's, you obviously try to do a lot of things at the same time. You're trying to figure out who you are relatively, what is your own point of view in whatever you study, but let's say it's jewelry. I was trying to find my voice because there are all different kinds of jewelry, as you know. There's high jewelry, artistic jewelry, fashion jewelry, and I was trying to figure that out. At the same time, you study a lot of things. You have to write essays. You have to do projects with market research. You have to do specific projects with companies during your studies, like a weeklong project, for example. Part of those projects is to understand not only the context you're thinking of going into in terms of jewelry, but understanding the general context of what is out there. I think it helps you to find your place if you find certain niches or areas that you feel are potentially unexplored. When I came across pearls, at the beginning, I had absolutely no prior relationship to them the way some cultures do. I didn't really understand the impact of pearls or their cultural significance. I also had no fear because after all these years, I realized people have a lot of connotations about pearls. Wit the more valuable pearls, you are to treat them with respect—I put that in brackets. You're not supposed to cut them, and you're not supposed to do things to them. But because of my sculptural context, I actually saw them as a material, not necessarily as a precious gemstone. That made me free to explore them as a material, but also culturally and design-wise in my subsequent designs. I think that was a very good start for me, to be in this comfort zone of studying where I could be very experimental and put down some solid foundations, which then I was able to grow and expand after my studies as a young professional and as someone who has to make a living out of what they do. Sharon: When you first looked at the pearls, did you just see, like most people do, strands you put around your neck? Melanie: Absolutely, yes. The context was really the single pearl strands, the little earrings. There was hardly any pearl jewelry—and by that I include fashion jewelry—on the high streets. Slowly but surely I started seeing fashion jewelry on the catwalks, with brands like Alexander McQueen. Later there was Christopher Kane. Now, for example, there is Simone Rocha, who started putting pearl embellishments on her clothes. All this has the effect that it trickles onto the high streets. Then, the 14, 15, 16, 17-year-olds start wearing plastic pearls, and they slowly understand that it's not that old-fashioned. Then by the time they're 30, they can pay a bit more. They want to wear more expensive jewelry because they can afford it. They start to invest in fine jewelry and keep progressing. Over the years, I realized I have two sorts of clients. One is the older client who has the classic necklace and earrings, probably the white ones or the darker ones depending on where she's from. She's looking for something different, because I think now is the time that people look for individual jewelry that expresses their style rather than copying something they see in a magazine. The second type of client is a younger customer who is not particularly interested in pearls but likes the design. They might also happen to have pearls. I think it gives me a nice challenge to try and create pieces that attract both of those clients, because clearly, they look for different things, different scales. Also, they have different budgets. Sharon: Besides the one in Japan, do you design for companies? Do people come to you and say, “I want my pearls different”? How does it work? Melanie: I have been in touch with Tasaki since 2012. By that time, I had already started my brand. I was wholesaling in a few stores, and I decided to focus on pearls. When Tasaki approached me, they wanted to take the sliced idea I was known for and turn it into M/G Tasaki Jewelry. They wanted to slowly build an M/G Tasaki brand with me. Unfortunately, my last name, as you know, is very long, so we decided to do M/G Tasaki rather than Melanie Gerogacopoulos, which would be far too long. So, I design exclusively for them. Then on the side, I have my own brand where I'm able to be creative completely without any boundaries. This is also where I have expanded the last two years on working with mother of pearl, as you may have seen. So, I have clients who approach me because they've seen my work for Tasaki and they want to buy Tasaki pieces, which they can also do through the Tasaki website or in the Tasaki shops. I also have clients who approach me because they want a special piece, a commission, something else I have done for my own brand. Sharon: When I look at mother of pearl, it looks very fragile or like you have to be very careful with it. Am I wrong with that? Melanie: You have to be careful, but it's not as fragile as people think. Actually, mother of pearl has been used quite a lot in watches and dials. It's been used in fine watches for a long, long time. We've seen it more and more in fine jewelry in the last few years, but you have to treat it differently than pearl. This is one aspect of it that I find fascinating. It's so close to a pearl. It's the actual oyster that makes the pearl, but you buy it in flat sheets. It's translucent. It's also got the same colors as pearls. You can do different things with it. Even though it's like the first cousin of the pearl, it allows you to do other things that you wouldn't be able to do with pearls. It's a similar material. It's in the same family, yet it's a completely different thing altogether. Sharon: Do you buy your pearls one by one, or do you say, “Send me a batch and I'll pick the ones I like”? Melanie: It depends on whether I'm designing a collection. In that case, I have suppliers, for example in Hong Kong, for freshwater pearls. I ask for different sizes and strands that they have in different colors. They send me photos and price lists, and then I decide. I always try to buy more than I need because I think there's no point getting something sent from Hong Kong if it's just for one pearl. So, I'm trying to buy a bit more to have more stock in the office. Then I have suppliers in London. If I have a special commission, there's a system where they can lend you a few pearls or strands on approval, which means you can borrow them for three weeks, I think, to show them to the client. They can keep them for a few days, and then they return them to you when they've made a decision. It's part of the experience when you work with a private client; they get that extra service so you can customize something for them. You give them the luxury to look at the gemstones, in this case the pearls, before they are mounted on a piece of jewelry. They can look at the pearls against their skin color, for example, and decide before having the finished piece of jewelry in their hands. So, how I source the materials depends on what I intend to do with them. Because I make collections as well as individual pieces, I have suppliers who can give me access to pearls or other gemstones, depending on what I'm going to be using them for. Sharon: Did Tasaki approach you because—if you think of Japan, you think of pearls. Well, I do at least. Melanie: I think we all do, yes. I think it was just extremely good timing. They saw my pieces in the High Street Market in London, which is a big shop and a very conceptual store. They found the products interesting because I was cutting them and joining them and making necklaces, and they were selling very well. They thought, “O.K., someone's doing something interesting. We've never seen this before. It's different than what exists out there, what other competitors are doing.” I'm sure you've heard of Mikimoto as being a Japanese pearl brand, and they were looking to offer a different perspective on pearl jewelry at the time. So, I was lucky that they saw my pieces when they were searching for new ideas. They suggested we do this joint brand. Every time I think about this, I'm so grateful they placed so much trust in me, a young 30-year-old, Greek/French sculpture jewelry graduate with a young brand, a creative person. A year after we met, we launched the first collection. Luckily it went well, but it could have equally been rejected by the very discerning Japanese customers. Sharon: You're saying you did the collection a year later. Do they have their own stores, or would they put it in department stores? Melanie: Yeah, they are a pretty big company, but they're not very well known in the west. They're working on that, but they have a lot of stores in Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan. They're actually quite well-known there, and they were able to place the collection straightaway in their stores and some of the biggest department stores there. Since then, we've made on average one or two collections a year. We launch between 20 to 30 different pieces a year. I've designed over 30 or 40 collections and we're still working together, which is a huge compliment for myself to be designing for a Japanese company for so long. Sharon: If they're so well-known, is it like if your boyfriend brings you into Tiffany? Your boyfriend brings you to Tasaki? Melanie: I guess, yeah. I have to say, I really admire that they are Japanese. The stereotype of Japanese people making things extremely well, that's totally true. Being appreciative of tradition and craftsmanship is totally true, but at the same time, they're really wanting and looking for something extremely avant garde. You can see that in the fashion and the fashion companies. I find it very brave of a company to go in that direction in pearl jewelry, because pearls are very culturally significant in Japan. They have a completely different relationship to them than we do. To propose sliced pearls as a first collection, I think that was very daring, and it worked. Sharon: How did you introduce it? Let's say somebody is 50 and has their pearl necklace they've had for 30 years. You were slicing pearls and doing different things. How did you move them to a younger vibe? Melanie: I think people always look for something they don't have. There's no point in making another classic pearl necklace if someone already has it, and you're not going to persuade a young person to buy one if they are associated with their grandmother, or the one that stayed in the safe for the last 30, 40 years. I am particularly interested in design more than as a jeweler, more than the value of stones. I feel that my strong point is to create designed pieces which are hopefully innovative and stand through time, but represent the time we're in. They do stand the test of time, and I hope this is what attracts younger people to the jewelry. It's something they haven't seen before, something they feel represents the time we're in now. The way to do that is by introducing good design. This is my hope for the jewelry that I present. Sharon: We will have photos posted on the website. Please head to TheJewelryJourney.com to check them out.
Isabel Hardman hosts the highlights from Sunday morning's political shows. This morning's shows heavily focussed on the crisis in the NHS, after the Royal College of Nursing voted against the government's pay deal, meaning further strike action. Pat Cullen says the strikes could last as long as Christmas. Conservative Party Chair, Greg Hands disagrees and says the deal is a 'very reasonable offer'. In an interview with Wes Streeting, the Shadow Health Secretary says he is deeply worried about patient safety.
Members of the Royal College of Nursing have voted to reject the government's latest pay offer, defying the advice of union leaders. Plus, the FBI have arrested a 21-year-old national air guardsman on suspicion of leaking classified Pentagon documents and Keir Starmer faces an expenses scandal. With Aaron Bastani and Ash Sarkar.
Members of the Royal College of Nursing have voted to reject the government's latest pay offer, defying the advice of union leaders. Plus, the FBI have arrested a 21-year-old national air guardsman on suspicion of leaking classified Pentagon documents and Keir Starmer faces an expenses scandal. With Aaron Bastani and Ash Sarkar.