http://www.artdes.mmu.ac.uk/degreeshow/ Current work can be found at my degree show at Manchester metropolitan University from Saturday, 20th June until Sunday, 28th June. 10am - 6pm (weekdays), 10am - 4pm (weekends).
Jewellery refers to jewels. The word jewel came into usage in England around 1250. Jewel, is an Anglicized version of the old French jouel, which in turn came from the Latin jocale, which refers to a plaything or object for entertainment. Enjoy.
I am interested in the relationship between jewellery and clothing and how the two can converge such as the intricate embellishments found in haute couture or forgotten items from decadent fashions of the past. My passion for these historical details and my research into such inform my jewellery through which I hope to bring these qualities to modern and contemporary wearable pieces.
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This extract is from an open letter written by Elsa Schiaparelli, requested by the Daily Express on May 21 1936. It is titled; "From Europe's Most Discussed Dress Designer To Her Daughter". Her words of wisdom capture my motivation to produce jewellery inspired by the details of well made garments;
"Your first inclination will surely be to buy as much as you can for your money. Don't give into it...You can only get to know good clothes from bad by looking at good ones. So, when you see a smart woman, study her. Only the rich can afford cheap clothes. If something you see looks worth twice the price, you may be sure the illusion will not last. What you buy must be good."
The old craftsmanship will survive. There is room for it in the modern world....The man who builds a boat for his own sailing and the woman who embroiders a quilt for her own home are getting satisfaction far beyond that given by any passive pleasure. Making things is a good life." W.B. Honey