Eye-catching, distinctive silver jewellery and glowing stones
My pieces are made with both textured, hammered silver and tactile, vibrant beads such as lapis lazuli, garnets, carnelian, rubies, amethyst, quartz …. Sometimes I focus on a necklace or bracelet for which the silver just stands alone, sometimes I string together beautiful beads with an unusual pendant I have come across, perhaps in India or Morocco, and sometimes I mix all of that together depending on where my imagination takes me.
I have been inspired by the rich colours in India, Morocco and southern Spain, and always come back from my travels with a collection of pendants and beads, which may remain squirrelled away for years until I find just the right beads to complement them - perhaps some Ethiopian telsum amulets with deep blue lapis lazuli, or a little Indian silver pendant with wine-red garnets.
My silversmithing work is an on-going experiment with shape and texture. I gather feathers on nearby Port Meadow (courtesy of the lovely resident geese!) and put them through my rolling-mill with pieces of silver to create a feather imprint. I also love hammering silver to give it a beaten shine and an organic style, and although I try to plan what I’m making I often find the end result evolves surprisingly as I work.
My overall aim is to create a piece of jewellery which is unique, eye-catching and very wearable, inspired by other cultures but mixed with my own style. It might be bold, colourful and tactile, or it might be simple and elegant – whatever it is, I hope it is distinctive and appealing. I love the creativity of making jewellery but I also get enormous pleasure from seeing people wearing and enjoying a piece of my work.
My Artweeks exhibition style is to create a treasure trove of colour, displaying the jewellery on silks, natural slate and wood. My fellow-exhibitors (glowing stained glass, striking sculptures and vibrant paintings) combine to make a complementary bold, bright and eclectic collection of work. We hope you’ll come along and enjoy it!
My jewellery will be exhibited at our 4@27 well-ventilated semi-outdoor Wolvercote venue from 8th May (Please note: if you have been to my Artweeks exhibition before, this is a change from the usual address, and just around the corner). As always, I will be exhibiting with my lovely friends in Wolvercote - sculpture, paintings, stained glass, and jewellery, a stunning combination, we think! The exhibition will be in gazebos and in a room with bifold doors, wide open across a complete wall facing the garden and overlooking Port Meadow.The exhibition will be stewarded, with a limit on the number of visitors in the venue at one time - most probably safer than visiting the local supermarket! Visitors are requested to wear face covering.