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!”