f l o r a l b l u r b : one offs & repeat pieces
This range is inspired by commonly found, and easily recognised perennial floral favourites such as Cranesbills, Forget‐Me‐Nots, Phlox, Verbenas, Periwinkles, Clematis and seed pods of all shapes and sizes, to name a few. They are a constant source of wonder – not only for their absolute beauty, but also because they evoke idyllic memories of my childhood – walks in the summer rain, collecting floral specimens to press and draw, visiting gardens with parents and grand‐parents, or sitting on lawns, making long daisy chains with friends.
Hand formed precious metal flowers, leaves and pods, are reduced to their barest 2&3D outline shapes and forms – familiar icons. Robust abstraction of structural forms, and graphic devices are then used to create pieces of jewellery, which are both timeless in their celebration of nature, and in their form. The confident handmaking skills and self‐imposed perfection required to create these works are often underestimated – less is more!
The jaunty curvilinear lines of the flower and leaf chains are systematically linked together, echoing those cheerful celebratory trinkets that we have all made at some time or other – the Daisy chain. Simple brooches, and proud sculptural rings (single or grouped) act as bold statement pieces, whilst the statuesque long stem earrings – which make sense when worn – reflect a quiet and elegant aesthetic. These pared down works display a modest simplicity, yet reveal a bolder context when worn. All pieces are contemporary and thoroughly modern, and most importantly fun and comfortable to wear.
Materials used include silver – left plain or chemically oxidised – 18ct gold and 18ct gold plate. Brooch pins are made from stainless steel wire. Most pieces are hallmarked, but in some cases where an item is either too small to be assayed, or hollow, these pieces should be described as ‘white’ or ‘yellow precious metals’.
c a r e n o t e s :
white / silver : parts can be cleaned with Goddard's Long Term SILVER PAD, Foaming Silver Polish, dry thoroughly, a hairdryer is useful! Or use a soft polishing cloth.
oxidsed metal : this is a surface layer, and may be removed, if rubbed, over time. Pieces can be reconditioned.
Mixed finishes (i.e. silver / oxidised silver) - use Goddard's Long Term SILVER PAD, Foaming Silver Polish - an excellent product which is easy to use and smells quite pleasant! Dry thoroughly.
bright finish : use a brass brush (often used to clean suede shoes) – apply washing up liquid to bristles and brush over piece under warm running water. Rinse, and dry thoroughly. Use a hair drier to dry...
Please care for your jewellery : remove when bathing / washing-up / or doing the garden! When not being worn, always store in acid free tissue, in a box. Looking after it, will prolong its beauty, and hopefully bring you joy for years to come!