FLOREO is the latest collection I designed for Fou Jewellery and it was one of the most enjoyable to create.
I based the collection around the forms of plants and flowers, focusing on tiny bud shapes in symmetrical patterns, creating beautiful wreath forms, as well as 'exploding' microscopic pollen grains, translated into delicate looking earrings and pendants.
The collection was designed to look incredibly feminine but in keeping with my trademark contemporary/edgy style....
As far back as I can remember, I've always been fascinated by insects. I'm drawn to the forms, colours, and patterns of insects, particularly stag beetles, so it seemed only natural for me to use them in my jewellery designs.
I adore the organic, fluid forms of the stag beetle's bodies and their ferocious, striking horns and bulging eyes. It has been so enjoyable observing the process of taking a dried out, dead insect and transforming it into a stunning piece of precious metal art....
I draw a lot of inspiration for my jewellery designs from nature, from delicate flowering buds, to the beautiful forms of insects and beetles. For my next collection, I decided to focus on animal skins, predominantly the skin of reptiles and sea creatures.
I absolutely love designing pieces which feel amazing to wear and hold, so I try to create jewellery with interesting textures and sometimes unusual forms.
The skin of so many different creatures can be incredibly intricate and detail...
A few weeks ago I did a little interview with the fantastic Wilkinson Goldsmiths in Leicester, owned by my cousin and fellow jeweller Stephen Wilkinson.
It was so great to look back all those years ago, and be reminded of how I started out in the industry. I've certainly come a long way since training at the wonderful School of Jewellery in Birmingham, back in 2007!
It's been a long time coming, but I finally got around to creating a blog!
Here I'll be posting news about upcoming events, showing behind-the-scenes in my workshop, my inspiration and new designs, and I'll be showing how some of the lovely pieces from the Fou Jewellery collections are created.
Looking forward to sharing lots of exciting news and photos with everyone! :)