I kept think about of the shapes in the drawing so I made a 3D version of a small section. It will be a brooch, I couldn’t decide whether it should be highly polished or brushed matte finish. Here it is sitting on my workbench, still in the making. It measures about 4.5cm, made from silver sheet.
Here’s another inspirational piece from my father’s large range of work from the 1970s. (a terrible photo, i must find another) The technique is exquisite, a drawing of complexity but made of just two types of line, heavy black ink and very faint black ink, all done with a dipping pen not a modern technical fibre-tip.
The design is created by drawing a simple cube with a missing corner, made of both light and heavy lines, so that the eye cannot read whether they are convex or concave. That simple cube is rotated across the drawing and on subsequent rows, it’s orientation is decided by a pendulum system.
I have been enjoying drawing my own version, even with a good quality drawing pen it is so easy to make irritating errors. I have played around with nversio and adding colour too. Also some of the incidentally outlined shapes seem to suggest ideas for brooches or bangles.
I have been avoiding doing anything so delicate and precise as making jewellery for 3 months since I broke my wrist but today I made these little earrings. They can be worn open as on the right or closed up as on the left.
It was a struggle but I am glad that I have not lost the ability to be dexterous and patient.
For the last year or so I have been directing my creativity towards painting, sculpture and creative writing. Designing and making jewellery has been my main occupation for some 10 years now but the time has come to follow other paths. The jewellery shown here will be the last pieces I make barring commissions, so if you like bold, geometric, sculptural jewellery, take a look at my collections and visit my online shop.
All Photographs by Matthew Booth unless stated otherwise.
The geodesic Dome pendant can be worn rolled into a partial sphere or spread out flat like a cobweb as seen below.
The matching earrings which can be re-arranged in the same way.
Somehow I seem to have found myself moving almost full circle in my use of scale. I began with intricate delicate jewellery in silver and moved abruptly in a dramatic change of scale to a few bulky fabrications in painted MDF, then mild steel sculpture as big as I could make it. I yearned to go bigger, larger than life but for that you need money, strength, a whole workshop full of specialist equipment, space and hopefully a commission. After a liberating but all too brief dalliance with pleated paper and an even briefer sojourn with copper sheet, I adopted a more restrained approach, all white sculpture on a domestic scale in a medium quite new to me until now, cast plaster. Gradually and almost without realising what was afoot, the scale has slid back down, close to jewellery sized pieces.
Throughout this whole exploration of materials and processes, runs my habitual theme of repetition, it seems to be the one constant, indeed it is undeniably quite my favourite. And of course my second favourite, the aspect that sits so well with repetition – cast shadows.