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OK. What do you think about men wearing jewellery? Generally.

Men wearing jewellery: Terry sporting a large grey pin to complement his lovely jacket.

This is Terry sporting a statement pin to complement his gorgeous jacket. We think he looks stunning.

We also loved that Shaun Leane, one of the two judges for ‘All That Glitters: Britain’s Next Jewellery Star’, wore different pieces of his own designed collection at each session. The earrings that he wore are so much more interesting, imaginative and distinctive than much of jewellery advertised for men. I would expect this of Shaun Leane as a designer who has worked with Alexander McQueen – but his jewellery is very discreet compared to Terry’s pin.

Are more men wearing jewellery?

This quote is from a BBC article in 2019: ‘In recent years, the codes governing masculinity have been loosening up, and with this the traditional lines between masculine and feminine fashion are blurring. Although jewellery is conventionally a female domain, we’re now seeing men experimenting with it more than ever before.’ https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20190924-why-more-men-are-wearing-jewellery.

This article includes a great pic of Chadwick Boseman wearing not one but three diamond encrusted Tiffany & Co brooches. He can comfortably be a ‘free-wheeling trend setter’ as his masculinity is not threatened in any way.

Looking further into the topic of ‘men wearing jewellery’, in his video Tim Dessaint talks (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gc_W7FTEngU) about having an edgy style and ranking ones-self between 1 and 10. I consider his suggestions pretty conservative, even taking account of his pearl necklace (very Margaret Thatcher). I’d put him in the edgy range of just 3 to 5, Shaun about 6-7, and Terry and Iyke at 8!

The BBC article mentioned above goes on to quote Harriet Scott and David Mills of the Goldsmiths’ Company who say that men are looking for more and “higher quality precious pieces  …. And they expected then in 2019 the men’s jewellery market to expand for the foreseeable future.

To rank high on ‘edgy style’ there is no need to bust your budget because you can find exciting jewellery in non-precious materials that are well designed and sophisticated.

Has lockdown scuppered this cultural shift or accelerated it? Will lifting restrictions release men’s inner maverick and we see more flamboyant and expressive art jewellery complementing more casual and laid-back attire? Hope so. Will men still wear cuff-links, the dominant jewellery type advertised as men’s jewellery? Look forward to decent thoughtful comments which you can add below. (Spam will be deleted).

Here’s a short video of men trying out more adventurous jewellery. Be inspired and go for it!

The Path to Making Jewellery

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A mini-series of short stories by Designers and Makers.

~ Part 2 ~ Ann Marie Shillito – her Lockdown Project.

Creativity is so important for our mental health and wellbeing. Over the past year especially, we’ve all become so much more aware of this. Having something to focus on other than work and the news, gives a chance for our minds to declutter. According to the Zen Habits website picking up a creative hobby can contribute towards living a more fulfilling life.

Serious ‘play’.

The idea of full time crafts people having a creative outlet might seem strange, however having time to switch off from a work-based project to focus on something just for our own enjoyment is invaluable. Creative ‘play’ can often lead us to new ideas and developments, ‘that project’ that we’ve been putting off for 6 months (or perhaps 6 years!) can finally get some attention. The path to making jewellery is no different, time off to play is needed.

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The path to making jewellery: Ann Marie Shillito’s lockdown project: 3D Printing onto lace.

Ann Marie Shillito uses a wide range of materials combined with 3D Printing to make her jewellery. Early in the U.K.’s first lockdown she took the opportunity to experiment with repurposing materials found in her home, and her 3D Printer. Ann Marie had seen other designers 3D print elements onto fabric before and wanted to try this herself.

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Ann Marie Shillito’s Digital 3D model on her Cloud 9 software.

Digital to 3D model and beyond.

The digital 3D model needs to be ‘sliced’ for the 3D printing process. This requires the model to be prepared and Ann Marie uses Ultimaker’s Cura software that formats the model’s file by converting it into gcode which describes the slices. The 3D Printer prints the slices, and builds layer upon layer of material with precision. The result is a physical 3D model. Read on here to find out more about this process in detail.

A sample of Ann Marie Shillito’s lockdown project.

Creating a wearable object.

Ann Marie chose to use lace for this project as the 3D Printer filament needs to get through the intricate holes in the lace, which fixes the layers into the 3D form realy well. The design aesthetics of the lace provides a beautiful contrast between both elements.

This finished brooch has lace fabric firmly fixed inbetween the pink filament layers. Beautiful!

Ann Marie Shillito’s wearable lace and 3D Printed brooch with a steel pin.

To create jewellery that can be worn lovingly, Ann Marie experimented with this process further to secure different fabrics and materials into the Print.

The path to making jewellery can create a lot of waste or excess materials. Ann Marie has been collecting and using the scrap filament from her 3D printer and repurposing it for future jewellery designs. This piece has been made by gently melting together plastic filament strands with a household iron and 3D printing onto it.

Ann Marie Shillito’s 3D Printed model and repurposed excess filament sample.

So looking forward to seeing more of the results of the lockdown project and repurposed materials from Ann Marie!

To see her current jewellery collections in store, please visit our shop here.

~Anarkik Creations~

3D Printed jewellery with a twist.

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Birgit designing jewellery using Anarkik 3D software

Birgit has an incredible gift for creating 3D printed jewellery that is a little bit different. Playful, quirky and full of character, she often uses Anarkik 3D software to design her pieces, 3D Prints her models and hand finishes them with colourful dyes.

Video below of Birgit’s Anarkik Creations jewellery:

“What keeps coming back in my work, and which has become very important for me, is the strong, pure line. Through form, in which my ideas are expressed, apparently I strive for a certain aesthetic. I love to be playful and humorous, I work with projects and choose subjects which move me. I hope to share my passion with others.”

Birgit laken
3d printed jewellery

Links to more of Birgit’s work:

To see Birgit’s full Anarkik Collection visit here.

For her website including photography, jewellery and fine sculpture visit here.

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Thank you ~

Lizzie – Anarkik Creations Team

Exhibition at Double Doors Studios, June 2021

100 Jewels By 100 Women
Photography by Jody Mitchell @jojo_kibo

To say we are pretty excited is a bit of an understatement. Restrictions are easing up in Scotland, and three of the Jewellery Designer/ Makers associated with Anarkik Creations Jewellery are taking part in an exhibition. Even more exciting, and all being well it will be an in-person exhibition! ‘100 Jewels By 100 Women’ hosted by Dundee’s newest creative enterprise and exhibition space Double Door Studios will celebrate 100 talented craftswomen who have worked, studied or lived in Dundee, Scotland, by showcasing 100 pieces of their jewellery.

Who:

Jewellery Designer/ Makers Ann Marie Shillito, Lizzie Armour, and Genna Delaney will have a unique piece of jewellery each in the exhibition. Just to make things a little bit different, we have been asked to include a little story or fact about ourselves, this will be on display alongside our work. With another 97 jewels and stories to see on display, you’re in for a real treat!

When?

Diaries at the ready! The exhibition will run every WednesdaySunday from the 2nd of June, until the 27th of June 2021. A whole 15 days to make Dundee a priority visit. In addition to the ‘100 Jewels By 100 Women’ exhibition, Dundee’s creative community has so much to offer. The McManus Galleries & Museum is on the door step of Double Doors Studios. The V&A Museum is a hop off the train, and right around the corner is Dundee Contemporary Arts.

Double Doors Studios – Image from DDS website

Where:

Double Doors Studio is located on 7 Ward Road, Dundee. Just down the street from DC Thomson (creators of local hero Desperate Dan!) and the 153 year-old McManus Galleries & Museum. Visit here for further visiting details, location and opening hours: http://100jewels.uk/index.php/visiting-info/

What if… I can’t make it in person?

We’d really love for you to be able to visit the exhibition in person. But don’t worry if you can’t! Thanks to funding from Creative Scotland, all of the pieces will be able to be viewed online and in print too.

How much does it cost?

The exhibition is FREE of charge 🙂

Follow:

Double Doors Studios on Instagram: @doubledoorstudios

Thank you so much to Double Door Studios for organising the 100 Jewels by 100 Women exhibition. We can’t wait to see you in June!

Lizzie Armour – Anarkik Creations Team x

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From bumble beginnings..

“For many years I have admired, bought and been gifted Ann Marie’s work. From her early titanium earrings, brooches and necklaces to her current 3D Printed jewellery. The honey bee pin with it’s very life like bee sitting on honeycomb is possibly my favourite piece in all of my collection.” 

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Honey bee pin by Ann Marie Shillito
Protecting our beeautiful world.

Ann Marie Shillito is an established Jeweller based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her work has changed over time but her values as a person and a designer are rooted in causes for protecting our environment. She is part of the Applied Arts Scotland (AAS)/Creative Infomatics ‘Closing the Loop’ project group supporting the Circular Economy, a new maker-led research group exploring gaps in current materials knowledge and application of sustainability tools and practices in the studio. If you would like to read more, please click here

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Honey Bee Pin by Ann Marie Shillito

Inspired by bees hard at work polinating, she designed and made a statement Honey Bee Pin with 6 bees on a honeycomb base as a bespoke commission, gifted to a beekeeper.

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Beespoke jewellery and saving our pollinators

With the agreement of the bee brooch owner, Ann Marie has created smaller Honey Bee Pins for any occasion. A percentage from sales of the pin going to support charities fighting to protect all our wee polinators. More information here about this support.

“It provides a talking point when I wear this pin. I use it to talk about how important bees are in the natural world and to human survival. From there I move on to persaude anyone with a garden to kept it insecticide free, as I do.”

honey bee pin

“It is intrinsically beautiful in its design and colours and can be worn whether I am in my gardening trousers or going to a party.”

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Honey bee pins in repurposed plastic boxes. Designed to display and stay secure for sending.
Beespoke boxes

Ann Marie repurposes clear plastic tubs from Simply Cook and makes 3D Printed bases to create these wonderful cases! It will protect your bee in the post and it means that Ann Marie reuses her plastic to help protect our environment. You can use the case as a great display box too.

To purchase your very own bee pin, please visit our shop here.

Did you like this post? Would you like see more bee jewellery designs from Ann Marie? Let us know in the comments below 🙂

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Behind the scenes and jewellery with Anarkik Creations Jeweller, Ann Earls Boylan.

Ann Earls Boylan Contemporary Jewellery

Herstory

The history of women working from home is rather complicated. Before the industrial revolution in the U.K., it was common for women to run their businesses, or employment directly from the household.  “Engaged in cottage-based industries such as spinning and weaving or plied their trades from workshops that were either in or attached to domestic dwellings. Many married couples ran inns and coffee houses or kept shops. In all cases, no line was rigidly drawn between ‘home’ and ‘work’.” – Dr Helen McCarthy https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/blog/complicated-history-women-working-home/  

Ann Earls Boylan Contemporary Jewellery
Anne Earls Boylan in her home studio/ kitchen.

Now the lines are blurred for a large portion of the world working from home. For creative business owners, moving from face-to-face engagement with customers to online exclusively was a drastic switch for many during the past year.

Working in a domestic space.

Does the environment influence the work that creative practitioners produce?

“Having my workspace in my kitchen and laundry room feeds into my interest in topics to do with working women. Now as opposed to historically, or in the future. It’s just a state of who and what we are now.”

Ann Earls Boylan Contemporary Jewellery

Anne Earls Boylan is a jewellery designer/ maker based in Northern Ireland. She teaches on the jewellery and silversmithing course at Ulster University, and she has her own practice which she set up at home, pre-pandemic. Curiosity of materials and ethics influence her work and how the jewellery can be worn on the body. Social and political issues influence her conversational jewellery pieces.

Ann Earls Boylan Contemporary Jewellery
Anne Earls Boylan Contemporary Jewellery

Women’s work now.

Anne’s most recent jewellery pieces reflect on the notion of working from a domestic space in a subtle way. Through form, materials, colour, and the tools she uses to make her jewellery. She is intentionally resourceful; this has led Anne to create jewellery using any material product found in the home which she thinks might ‘work’. From steaming wood over the cooker, to repurposing polishing lids and cleaning products.

Much like any other material Anne deems useable, she considers plastic to be a precious commodity. “I want to see if I can find a soul in plastic. Can I find a soul in polyurethane that makes it covetable?”

Her intentions to turn limitation of materials, space, and equipment into a positive, has resulted in producing beautiful and conversational pieces around contemporary jewellery.

“What is women’s work? Why do we have to have a workshop, and is our domestic workshop good enough?”

Packaging with purpose.

Anne is developing packaging for her latest 3D Printed jewellery. She considers both the sustainable and political implications of using and sourcing materials, she repurposes objects found in her home and at the same time, designing 3D printed wearable objects.

In Anne’s video above she demonstrates one of her new rings which nests perfectly into repurposed egg box packaging. As a result, the jewellery and packaging are the antithesis of each other, and yet go so well together. Which is what I have found to be fascinating about Anne Boylan’s work.

To see more from Anne’s latest jewellery work and get in touch with her, visit her page here.

Did you enjoy this article? Please leave a comment below and feel free to share it. We’d love to hear from you! 🙂

~ Lizzie, Anarkik Creations Team

Bud Earrings by Ann Marie Shillito, 3D printed in polyamide and dyed orange, matching accessories

Soft forms and bold colours

For new beginnings and brighter days

Crocus buds

Written by Lizzie for Anarkik Creations.

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.

The Bud Jewellery Collection earrings
Sunshine Yellow Earrings are made with silver posts and secure earring backs.

Each piece is light-weight, hand-finished, with silver posts and fastenings, by Ann Marie herself, in her home-workshop.

The Bud Jewellery Collection matching pendant and earrings
Funky Pink earrings and pendant from Ann Marie Shillito’s Bud Collection

The Bud pendant design includes a magnetic fastening, making them easy to wear and to put on.

Click below to see our video with just some of the colours available:

Ann Marie Shillito and the ‘Bud’ jewellery collection

We love to see photos of you wearing your new jewellery! As makers this is definitely one of the perks of the job.

The Bud Jewellery Collection
Laura wearing the Bud earrings

Ann Marie designed this collection using Anarkik3DDesign 3D modelling software and 3D Printing. How does she make her jewellery? Visit here for her story and the process behind her work.

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Jewellery from the ‘Bud Collection’ is available here in a range of vibrant colours. If you have any special requests about colours or sizes we can put Ann Marie in touch with you.

Get in touch

If you love the ‘Bud’ jewellery, or have any questions, please leave a message below. We’d love to hear from you! 🙂

Thanks – Lizzie

Anarkik Creations writer

The Bud Jewellery Collection

Ann Marie Shillito is the founder of Anarkik Creations. Based in Edinburgh, she works from her home-studio, designing and making unique and colourful jewellery.

In this image Ann Marie is wearing her own Bud neckpiece and earrings, and a linen dress by Somerset-based designer Terry Macey. Behind her you can see some of the wonderful colours and fabrics he uses you can see more of his fabulous clothing range here .

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The path to making Jewellery

A mini-series of short stories by Designers and Makers.

~Part 1~ Lizzie Armour

It’s National Storytelling Week here in the U.K! To celebrate, Anarkik Creations are hosting short stories by our Designers and Makers to share with you. You will find out about their inspiration, how they make their work, and the paths to making jewellery.

Part 1: The path to making jewellery is told by Scottish Jeweller and Printmaker Lizzie Armour:

“Before I can remember, I would go out in the boat with my dad. He had an oyster farm on the West coast of Scotland at Loch Sween.

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Evening over Loch Sween – David J Bentley Photography

Finding inspiration in the small details

We lived in Inveraray, which is at the mouth of Scotland’s longest sea loch. I collected shells, broken pottery, crab claws, brackish seaweed, even washed-up jellyfish (lovely!).

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The path to making jewellery: Brackish seaweed from a beach walk. Lizzie Armour Jewellery

I’d take my treasures home to look under a microscope. My dad’s micrscope, passed down to him by his Grampa. Made of brass, the microscope is stored in a dark wooden box, lined with red velvet. It’s of an age that the microscope has no lightbulb, only a mirror, which can be angled towards natural light that will travel up through the plate towards the lens. To record what I saw I sketched the shapes on paper, and took photos down the eyepiece.

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Mushroom spore print collected on black paper. Lizzie Armour Jewellery.

The woods near our house led me to look at plants, moss, and vegetables (I remember vividly that onion cells could be seen well!) More recently, my jewellery work is themed around mushroom spore prints, and coral forms which I recreate in 3D printed polyamide and silver.

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An early days pendant! Lizzie Armour Jewellery

Perhaps it’s strange that I didn’t follow a more scientific career path? 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.”

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Lizzie Armour Jewellery Collection

Links:

To see more of Lizzie’s jewellery, prints and to get in touch, visit her website here: http://www.elizabetharmour.com/

When we are able to, Lizzie recommends exploring the beautiful coastlines of Argyll and the Isles:

https://www.visitscotland.com/destinations-maps/argyll-isles/

Thanks for reading! If you enjoyed this post, please leave a comment below 🙂

~ Anarkik Creations~

Plastics are precious: Ann Marie Shillito's 'Bee Brooch'. Ann Marie designed the red 3D printed lid to fit a clear plastic tub from Simply Cook which she has repurposed here as a packaging and display box.

Sustainable materials in Contemporary Jewellery

Plastics are precious to many artists and designer-makers who use a collaborative approach with our environment when sourcing materials. Selecting materials 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.

Plastics are precious: Pink and Yellow ‘Bud Brooches’ Ann Marie Shillto.

At Anarkik Creations plastics are precious. By adding value to this material, we elevate the plastics we use, to keep them in the economy and out of our landfills and rivers. This necklace by Birgit is a great example of plastic materials which she has repurposed and added value to:

‘Koala’ necklace – Birgit Laken 2017. Melamine, wood, silk cord.

The next stage is using what we have in our homes, as well as excess and left-over materials. This is a challenge for many of us. But to reduce climate change and pollution, reducing our consumption of throw away materials could help us live within our means and protect our environment. From the perspective of a designer, using what we have in our homes is an exciting challenge, a creative problem to solve as plastics are precious. Inspiration can be found everywhere, and coupled with innovation, we can shift to a circular age. As with all new habits, we start with small steps.

Plastics are precious: Ann Marie Shillito's 'Bee Brooch'. Ann Marie designed the red 3D printed lid to fit a clear plastic tub from Simply Cook which she has repurposed here as a packaging and display box.
Plastics are precious: Ann Marie Shillito’s ‘Bee Brooch’. Ann Marie designed the red 3D printed lid to fit a clear plastic tub from Simply Cook which she has repurposed here as a packaging and display box.

Have a browse of our online shop here

For more on The Circular Economy, information and resources:

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation Website

Applied Arts Scotland ‘Closing the Loop’

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What does jewellery do for us?

Anarkik Creations Designer/ Makers share their thoughts

“Jewellery is an art form and speaks to a certain person. It is so personal, so it’s hard to define.” – Genna Delaney Jewellery Artist, Tayport- Scotland

What does jewellery do for us?
Necklace – Genna Delaney Jewellery Artist

Continuing from our previous blog post let’s dive a little deeper into the subject of buying jewellery for ourselves, by asking; what does jewellery do for us?

We spoke to our independent jeweller collective for their insights and found varying answers, but ultimately there was one common theme.

“It’s a way of communicating to the outside world. You convey an idea, a preference, which can lead to conversation, or communication without words, it conveys a feeling, an emotion. It can also just give a happy feeling for the person themselves if it is a colourful piece of jewellery. It can evoke a memory. In any case, the wearer is emotionally connected to the piece they have chosen.” – Birgit Laken Jeweller and Photographer, Haarlam, The Netherlands

What does jewellery do for us?
Jeweller, Birgit Laken

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 what’s right for you.

Choosing a piece for ourselves can also be a joyful process. If we are shopping at this lockdown moment, it’s online, and the positive aspect of that is the is room for digging around and browsing more than ever before, on social media and individual websites. You may come across an independent maker and see their story, and it speaks to you. Perhaps they offer a bespoke service, and you can collaborate with them on a more personal level. You might just really like a piece because to you, it is beautiful!

What does jewellery do for us?
Ann Marie Shillito in the workshop

Whatever the reason, we hope you find jewellery that you love.

“I think the individual sees contemporary jewellery as a completely different thing than others do.” – Ursula Guttman, Austria.

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Variation ring – Ann Marie Shillito. Glasses – her own!

To see more from these Designer- Makers click on the Anarkik Creations Community page

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