Over the autumn and winter I have been busy designing some new jewellery which has resulted in my new Construction and Block ranges. I always love the opportunity to update my collection and taking my jewellery in new directions, but equally looking back at some of my old work and seeing what I can revisit; my Block pieces take inspiration from some older designs with the clear centre and coloured edge. The Construction jewellery takes ideas from something that has always been a visual inspiration to me - modern architecture and building sites. While not immediately appealing, urban construction utilises many interesting colours and shapes which I always find strangely interesting to look at out of train windows! I hope you enjoy reading about and browsing the new products.
My new Construction range of acrylic jewellery is inspired by the urban built environment: the frequent sight of building sites both in my hometown of Brighton and from trains into London. A palette of tinted greys, neutrals and glass colour is influenced by high-rise architecture, highlighted by flashes of bright orange, red and blue like warning lights and safety equipment. The shapes are individually cut using a bandsaw, making each piece unique and subtly asymmetrical. The edges are then sanded and dyed black giving a bold dark outline to each component, adding a dramatic touch.
I wanted to play with cutting individual wedge shapes in acrylic to make a range of jewellery where each piece is unique. For this I have used 8mm thick clear acrylic, with matte sanded edges which I dye a range of strong colours. I enjoy the bold contrast between the ‘invisible’ centre and the wide coloured outlines, meaning the jewellery seems to appear and disappear as the wearer moves.
I look forward to seeing what 2020 brings in terms of new jewellery as I experiment with more techniques, colours and shapes.
Thank you for reading!