Overview

The visit to The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery at the V&A museum was very inspiring on the history and techniques that jewellers use to create master pieces. The gallery displays ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, thereafter they devoted mainly to the storey of western jewellery. The gallery starts in 1500 BC continuing all the way through the gallery till the work of 2014. 

2) Nature Revealed 2004-2011

The natural form also inspires jewellers to create organic pieces. Traditional materials are transformed by the imaginative approach of Vietnamese born jewellery, Sam Tho Dong. The pearls appear to grow out of the blackened bulbous forms beneath, softening them and echoing various natural forms, but particularly the frost. I quite like the texture and shape of the design and how it looks very organic but elegant with its use of pearls. 

3) Textile Techniques in Metals and Plastic 1980-1990

Caroline Broadhead - The use of weaving and braiding techniques results in a very unique effect. Caroline Broadhead (Programme Leader and Course Leader, BA Jewellery Design in Central St Martins, UAL) experimented with woven nylon line in the late 1970s. She is inspired by the adjustability of the forms (how it can contract and expand) and the range of possible colours in her designs. 

Catherine Martin - uses classical Japanese braiding or kumihimo, transferring it from silk to precious metals which results in a disciplined and regular effect. Her work consists of platinum and gold. Inspiration comes from her passion for being a classical musician. It has been said that She transforms forms according to sound.

 

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