A Barrel of Brooches and a Bracelet - Annmar Turnbull

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Artist Statement

Annmar Turnbull

Inspired by the jug, I knew I could make a watertight silver barrel and use a variety of finishes, matt, polished and oxidised, but I also wanted to include other materials - ebony (as I'd never worked with wood) 'champagne ' transparent enamel and carved citrine beads. The set measures 11x4cm and each is easily wearable alone or all can stand together as a set.

It was a challenge devising the catches and the course allowed me to experiment eg adding rubber to the ebony to fasten the fork and edger and learning to carve, bend and polish the wooden handles.

Colours and shapes drew on the jug's form and decoration (sturdy yet delicate) and I enjoyed exploring a range of complementary textures for the garland/bracelet and translating the strange large leaf into a brooch.

I sketched lots of garden tools but then struggled to make them neat but not pristine objects. A fellow student suggested how to improve the hoe's blade and angle.

For many years I've wanted a posy holder/boutonieres/portbuket and the jug (which could also hold flowers of course) inspired me to link my love of jewellery and garden making and made me smile.

A Barrel of Brooches and a Bracelet - Annmar Turnbull

©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Inspiration details:

Garden Implements

Jug

Etruria

ca. 1939

Eric Ravilious

V&A collection reference number(s):
CIRC 470-1948

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