I am materials (pardon the grammar - blogger licence!) that can be turned into beautiful jewellery without a precious metal or a gemstone in sight.
I put some time aside last weekend to sit down with a glass of something nice and look through the entries in the Ganoskin online exhibition 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder' - jewellery design featuring non-precious metals and alternative materials. I have some pieces featured in this so obviously (as a first time exhibitor) I wanted to see how they looked.
But within minutes I was so absorbed with the other designs I'd completely forgotten my own - not only are there some stunningly beautiful items, but they have been made with a fascinating array of materials. I was so impressed with so much of the work that I wanted to share some of it with you so, with the permission of the designers these are some of my favourites:
|Nudibranch Biobangle by Melanie West|
|Bamboo Biobangle by Melanie West|
These 'Biobangles' by Melanie West are made from polymer clay which she has formed, carved and laminated. I love the sense of movement I get from these pieces - I can just imagine them propelling themselves through...well I'm not sure what...but it would be organic and beautiful. The saturated but slightly muted colours are wonderful and the textures make me just want to reach out and touch.
|Gourd Fish Brooch by Nancy Overmyer|
|Blue Gourd Brooch by Nancy Overmyer|
|Revolution necklace by Sarah Kelly|
|Bow brooch by Sarah Kelly|
Sarah Kelly's exhibits are engineered using hand folded, laser cut embossed papers, hand pressed rivets, silver pin and protectors and satin ribbon and the results are stunning. With geometric lines and strong colours, they remind me of intricate, mechanical puzzles and these too are incredibly tactile pieces with a great sense of energy.
|Blue by You brooch/accessory by Susanah Windrum|
|Sooz brooch by Susanah Windrum|
|Untitled necklace by Ian Henderson|
|Tchaikovsky ring by Ian Henderson|
And last but by no means least of my picks are these dramatic exhibits from Ian Henderson. Ian's designs use synthetic electrical insulation tubing, aluminum grounding wire and patinated brass chain - more at home in a tool box than a jewellery box. But how beautiful they are...delicate but strong, tactile, feminine but edgy and dare I say very sexy! If I still has a decolletage like that...
Anyway... these are just some of my personal favourites from the exhibition and I'm sure you'll have you're own. If you haven't managed to visit yet I would highly recommend it - both for the exhibits and inspiration - you might even spot my pieces... You'll find links to 'Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder' and the websites of the individual artists below.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder exhibition