Image by Shannon Tofts
My collection explores the boundaries between nature and urban architecture, specifically the beautiful patterns created by natural erosion. An initial walk up Calton Hill last autumn drew my attention to the incredible patterns created on dock leaves as they decayed and changed colour. Later explorations of the East Neuk coast, then walks along the canal and the Water of Leith during lockdown led me to recognise those self-same patterns replicated elsewhere.
In particular, I noticed the forms I had first taken from the dock leaves were repeated in the many negative spaces created by natural erosion, such as between the bricks in buildings and on rusty mooring rings. These shapes and spaces that were once straight, accurate and unfailingly perfect have become, in my eyes, all the more beautiful for the multitude of imperfections that erosion and decay have bestowed upon them.
Taking this counter-intuitive beauty as my inspiration, I have channelled it into a positive and integral component of my work. I have tried to recreate the wonder of these spaces by etching brass and silver tubes with these intricate patterns. Additionally, each piece has been specifically designed to subtly yet relentlessly change while being worn.
For example, the movable parts contained in the rings, necklaces and earrings I have crafted change position in harmony with the motions and gestures of the wearer. At the same time, the different environments in which the pieces are worn (indoors or outdoors, bright light or dim) alters their colours and tone. Some sections of the silver have been highly polished to mirror the light and colour surrounding them, while others remain more stubborn and steadfast.
In this way, I have tried to create a range of jewellery that is as vibrant and dynamic as the natural world all around us – and as eye-catching as its raw, restless and ever-evolving beauty.