Finally the ‘Zari’ collection, designed in 2011 has been perfected and is soon to be underway in 2013! The repetitive pattern was inspired by zari, the brocades seen in Indian wedding saris. Zari is a thread traditionally made of fine gold or silver and is used in Indian, Pakistani and Persian garments. The thread is woven into fabrics, made of silk to create intricate patterns. A splash of colour will be added to the collection to reflect the bright colours of the saris. Once the first pieces ahve been crafted images will be up on the website!
Finally the beautiful Jade beads I purchased on my travels have been strung into two neckpieces. The beads are a Nephrite Jade.
The new Star Lotus range is now underway, the first piece pictured below is a pair of stud earrings. The Star Lotus, like the Blue Lotus, has been inspired by historic Indian jewellery. The Lotus flower is significant in many Eastern cultures and is the national flower of India. The Star Lotus range, is a smaller two dimensional form of the Blue Lotus and will be available to purchase for Christmas.
This bangle is from the Blue Lotus collection; inspired from Art Deco and Mughal architecture, the piece has been created to reflect the three dimensional lines present in these structures. The piece has been made in sterling silver, but comes in 18K yellow, white and red gold. The Blue Lotus collection is the next collection I am working on, and once complete all works will be available on my website.
I am working with the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre in the Jewellery Quarter on my new collection, Blue Lotus. I am working with the Computed-Aided Design (CAD) team to produce 4 pieces; which will include earrings, bangles, pendants and rings. The Blue Lotus collection is a mix of both Eastern and Western influences. The CAD team used JewelCAD to draw up my designs. This is the first time I have used CAD/CAM in my work.
The image below shows one of the CAD drawings.
On Tuesday 21st December I will be at the famous Spitalfields Market in London selling my Urban collection. Trading is from 11am to 8pm, an extended christmas shopping event.
I have now designed and am creating a new collection based on my ‘Urban Locket’, which will be for sale in November 2010. The collection will consist of pendants, bracelets, earrings and cufflinks.
I will be setting up my jewellery workshop in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham as part of Design Space. This is an incubator support programme run by Birmingham City Council for start-up jewellery designer/maker businesses.
During my year here, I plan to design and create two collections – the ‘Urban’ and ‘Blue Lotus’. The Urban collection was inspired by the Urban locket, based on street art in urban areas, which I photographed on my travels. The Blue Lotus collection is a contemporary collection with an Asian aesthetic. My inspiration for this collection came from my love of architecture from the Art Deco era and the repetitive floral motifs seen in Indian art. The Blue Lotus collection will have some bespoke pieces which will include some of my photography.
My work can be seen at the School of Jewellery in Birmingham as part of the Graduate Show.
Public View Times:
12th June 1 – 4 pm
14 – 19th June 10 am – 4 pm
I will be at the exhibition on Monday 14th June 11 am – 4 pm, if you wish to meet me and discuss my work.
All pieces in the exhibition are for sale.