Colour In Nature
Exploring relationships between nature, art and society, this series of objects presents an almost unique diversity of colour, pattern, materials, and forms. Capturing such ‘endless forms’ (Darwin, 1859), these jewellery designs reflect an interest in decorative styles that are often associated with nineteenth-century interiors, panoramic botanical wallpapers and prints, and heavily bejewelled clothing and jewellery, characteristic of historical revivals. The practice presented here pushes these materials to their limits, encouraging shapes that are organic and chaotic in quality, echoing the dissidence of nature.
In the process, the maker steps away, almost acting as a spectator, intervening only when necessary. Techniques that are applied are non-traditional, and the pieces play with precious and non-precious materials, sometimes, subtly suggesting weight, while at other times, highlighting the preciousness of the organic. The objects are intended to question the notion of value in jewellery, pairing silver alongside aluminium; the introduction of this unexpected material is to attract, and make accessible, a range of contemporary pieces to viewers and clients. The objective is to encourage those who are familiar with fine jewellery to experience unusual and less precious creations, just as Arts and Crafts predecessors proposed, as a form of sustainable practice, over a century ago.