I was drawn to the swirls, textures and structural interplay of negative and positive space, as well as the movement suggested by the combined elements creating this stoneware form.
New to Jewellery, and coming from a textile background specializing in weave, the repetitive use of bobbin like shapes intrigued me. I started to wonder how I could create a wearable woven form which explored similar shapes and incorporated a sense of cascading movement.
Beginning with sketches, of the object, I then tried to visualize elements of it as a woven structure. My ideas changed and developed over time, both in sketchbook work, and as I was constructing my design.
I decided to weave with silver wire, and explore, new techniques which I am learning in my Jewellery course at Morley.The main body of the piece was woven, on a rigid heddle loom, in silver wire with red coloured copper wire edging.
The warp ends become inherent to the form twisting back on themselves to become loops and tethers for beaten silver rings. The weight of these rings, combined with the varying lengths of tethers cause a trembling movement as it is worn. They can also be repositioned, elongating or curling, adding an interactive element to the design.
Attaching the brooch was a challenge as I wanted the pin to be incorporated into the design and not hidden. Referencing the original use of the circular motif, both solid, and formed through looped shapes, I extended the silver ring design onto a tapered pin. This is then used to attach to the garment, sliding through loops at either end of the woven cylindrical body, and fixing with a clasp, formed of conjoined silver circles. The pin is thus intrinsic to the design, as a functional, yet visible part of the brooch.
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