Collaboration with Alys Power created for Synchronise (2013) at The National Centre for Craft and Design, Lincolnshire. The exhibition was developed by Design Factory to support members to work together to create innovative new work.
I wanted to work with jeweller Alys Power because I love her use of found materials and historical themes. I have a long-standing love of jewellery so it seemed like a perfect combination. I have made bits and pieces of textile jewellery over the years and I wanted to develop my making skills and explore ways to combine textiles and metal. During our first meeting we decided that we wanted to take inspiration from a building and soon settled on Calke Abbey as we both love the layers of history and decay that are so typical there.
We were keen that the collection was not entirely wearable but still had some elements of jewellery about it. Some of the pieces are wearable (necklaces, pendants, brooches) and there are several that are pincushions or simply decorative objects. We liked that they were enigmatic and open to your own interpretation. I see them as pieces for a cabinet of curiosities….. or in a modern home, decorative conversation pieces for display.
This collaboration has been exhibited at National Centre for Craft & Design & Walford Mill Crafts in 2013 & 2014.