Métal Noir is my second collection. It builds on the current ‘Intaglio’ collection that was well received at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park MADE jewellery showcases and is now showing at selected independent galleries in the North. This new work was launched at New Designers One Year In last year and firmly established a signature embossed mixed metal style.
A corrugated red bronze sheet is made, 50 individual wires soldered together, this constructed architectural surface is then cut into symmetrical forms and built with layered sides of silver and buttery brass to create an ombre and depth to each piece. The subsequent oxidising imparts a deep velvety black to the sterling silver but leaves the bronze and brass only slightly flushed.
The alchemy of metalsmithing is akin to magical rituals that transform using fire and potions.
There is a darker counterpoint to the femininity and paleness of the current ‘intaglio’ paper embossed fine silver within Métal Noir, it is defined by an industrial geometry, constructed strength and something urban and rich and velvety, and ever so slightly androgynous.
The ruralist finally meets the urbanist.
Incorporating versatility into the designs of the collection offers several pieces with more than one way to wear, reversible pendants and ‘three ways to wear’ earrings, mismatched studs and infinitely stackable rings. The collection works with the existing intaglio pieces too and includes half and half pieces, half corrugated and half black patinated silver petals.