Three of the Jewellery Designer/ Makers associated with Anarkik Creations Jewellery are taking part in an exhibition: ‘100 Jewels By 100 Women’. Hosed by Dundee’s newest creative enterprise and exhibition space Double Door Studios this exhibition celebrates talented craftswomen who have worked, studied or lived in Dundee, Scotland.
Inspired by bees hard at work polinating, Ann Marie Shillito designs and makes Honey Bee Pins. These pins come with bespoke packaging made from repurposed plastic, and a percantage of the sales go to a charity to help protect our pollinators. Read more in this latest blogpost.
“What is women’s work? Why do we have to have a workshop, and is our domestic workshop good enough?” Anne Earls Boylan is a jewellery designer/ maker based in Northern Ireland. Social and political issues influence her conversational jewellery pieces. I interviewed Anne to chat about her most recent jewellery, which reflects on the notion of working from a domestic space in a subtle way.
Spring is upon us! I love seeing the shoots and flowers starting to appear outside. Are you looking forward to warmer weather and lighter mornings? In this blog post I thought it would be appropriate to share Ann Marie Shillito’s pieces which inspire joy; The ‘Bud’ jewellery Collection.
Creative ‘play’ can often lead us to new ideas and developments. With lock-down, ‘that project’ that we’ve been putting off for months or years can finally get some attention. The path to making jewellery is no different, time off to play is needed.
My favourite part of making something is observing the objects and forms that I take inspiration from, and the making process. There are endless possibilities of how I could use materials to make jewellery.
Many artists and designer-makers use a collaborative approach with our environment when sourcing materials. This is one of the most important parts of the design process. It is an investment into our practice and ultimately will turn into an object or wearable piece for a customer to cherish.
Contemporary jewellery is like a piece of artwork; it is so individualised. We wear it to feel confident, to comfort us, to stand out, to remember. Choosing a piece of jewellery for ourselves can also be a joyful process.
Jane recently bought one of Ann Marie Shillito’s pink Bud Pendants. A Textile Design graduate and based in Edinburgh, she loves wearing statement pieces of jewellery. “I like wearing jewellery that’s a bit unusual. Little jewellery does nothing for me, the bigger and bolder the better!”