THE ART OF JEWELLERY by JESSICA TRAFFORD

At Gill Wing Jewellery Gallery our team are made up of makers with a love of sharing the artist’s process.

We seek to showcase jewellers with unique skills developed through hands on practice and a dedication to their craft. The exciting work they produce couldn’t be achieved without allowing themselves the freedom to explore ideas, the spontaneity invaluable in the advancement of their field.

We chose to celebrate this artistic approach to jewellery with a solo show by new Central Saint Martin’s Jewellery graduate Jessica Trafford.

Jessica’s work reminds us of the value of the artist’s skills honed during their creative journey by visiting the colour splattered studio of a phantom painter.

 

PAINT YOURSELF BRIGHTLY WITH JEWELS

 

Amidst the beautiful chaos caused by an intense flurry of inspiration we find their tools transformed by Jessica’s own skills as a jeweller into wearable pieces in precious materials.

PAINT BLOCK AND TUBE LID EARRINGS & BROOCHES ARE ALIVE WITH BRIGHT JEWELS AND STROKES OF ENAMEL

PAINT BLOCK AND TUBE LID EARRINGS & BROOCHES ARE ALIVE WITH BRIGHT JEWELS AND STROKES OF ENAMEL

The trompe l’oeil begins with a squeezed tube of paint which curls around the fingers as a gleaming gold ring. Discarded twists of masking tape are immortalised as sculptural bronze pendants and the bristles of a fine brush glisten with delicate jewels to evoke vivid droplets of paint.

RING: GOLD PLATED BRONZE CAST OF A PAINT TUBE WITH SAPPHIRE AS THE EMERGING PAINT

RING: GOLD PLATED BRONZE CAST OF A PAINT TUBE WITH SAPPHIRE AS THE EMERGING PAINT

ORDINARY ITEMS FROM THE ARTIST'S STUDIO BECOME JEWELLERY WITH THE IMAGINATION AND SKILL OF THE MAKER

The paintbox itself houses an exquisite array of solid colours, which are all in fact semi-precious stones hand carved by Jessica using lapidary techniques which can be removed to interchange into rings or as brooches.

 

"THE ART OF JEWELLERY"

by JESSICA TRAFFORD

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GILL WING JEWELLERY

29th Sept-20th Oct 2016