f e l t g e m s b l u r b : one offs & repeat pieces
This range simply celebrates the joyous colours and purest geometrical shapes and forms found throughout nature, as viewed from my studio workshop window. They are a constant source of wonder – not only for their absolute beauty, but also because they evoke idyllic memories of my childhood – little walks in the summer rain to collect floral specimens to press and draw…
Inspiration, sometimes literal - from the bold pompom forms of alliums / sublimely simple berries / generic ovate leaves and charming Forget‐Me‐Nots – to the more sculptural abstractions in 3D forms of kinetic, hollow pods - are expressed in jewellery made from an interesting mixture of materials - metal with saturated coloured, hand‐cut, wool felt inserts. Robust minimalism of structural forms, and graphic devices result in 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 purer the design, the more care is required when considering proportion of shape / form / colour. A lifelong appreciation of modernist machine aesthetic is reflected in the jewellery. Precision leaves no space for out of place mistakes or detailing.
As in childhood, the fun and simple act of playing with geometric building blocks/shapes, still proves to be fruitful! Individual elements are picked and placed together to create familiar naïve icons or basic landscape vistas. Almost cartoon like in their abstraction, some pieces can be interpreted in different ways according to the viewer‘s perception – ‘Lollipop Alliums’, trees or alliums? / ‘Cloud Copse’, cloud with dripping raindrops or tree canopy with trunks? / ‘Sprig’, branch with leaves or lollipop tree outline? A change of colour can aid these visual choices – green = treetops, or midnight blue = raincloud for example. The ambiguity of shape and colour perception is a fascination, and is something that all viewers – young and old – experience and seem to enjoy.
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. Some pendants and brooches can be turned over and worn as a ‘solid looking’ version, offering the wearer an alternative design options – maximal / minimal! All pieces are contemporary and thoroughly modern, collectable and most importantly comfortable to wear.
Materials used include silver – left plain or chemically oxidised – and 100% virgin wool felt. 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. Take care to shield felt with a thumb, to avoid rubbing dirt into textured surface.
felt inserts : can be dabbed with adhesive tape to remove lint from felt.
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!