Past examples

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“I have been fascinated by the natural world since my early childhood and rest in awe over the infinite combinations of form, structure, texture and colour that it has created over millions of years of evolution. In my work, I abstract nature and seek to communicate brief impressions of what I have observed and encountered.

Working from large and small-scale drawings and sketches made from life (zoos, museums, aquariums, botanical gardens) I continually collect visual information about nature’s forms, structures, surfaces, textures and colours (including via digital macrophotography) and ‘translate’ the elements that most inspire me, into tiny, paper sculpture-like models, before finally moving on to constructing the final piece in precious metals. A great deal of what I make today is still in part based on childhood memories but I continue to collect visual information directly from nature even today. Much of my work is made up of moveable elements, which shake and vibrate on pins as the body moves. My work is intended to be worn, (as well as exhibited) because whilst always aiming to be visually stimulating and aesthetically exciting it is also the tactile qualities of jewellery that make this art form so appealing; ultimately it is the interaction of the wearer with the work which truly brings the piece to life and this, for me is what might be considered to complete it’s function”.

Jacqueline graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and continued her studies in art, specialising in jewellery and goldsmithing at the Royal College of Art in London. In 1991 she graduated with a Master of Arts degree and in 1992 moved to Padua, Italy with the goldsmith Giovanni Corvaja. They worked there together for 9 years before moving to the Umbrian countryside, which proved extremely stimulating for Jaqueline’s creations inspired by the lush Italian nature.

However, she is inspired not only by the natural world, but also by the decorative arts of ancient cultures such as the Egyptians and the Etruscans. She greatly admires the way in which they adored, respected and worshipped nature, a real contrast with our modern, greedy and consumerist “money-venerating” culture. The aspect of preciousness and timelessness which these ancient works of art embody is fascinating, as is the way in which they seem even today to possess a universal aesthetic, appealing to and inspiring the contemporary over and over again. Her creations aim at capturing a similar element of timelessness, and she also hopes that it may be preserved in time along with the works of other makers that share the same convictions in high quality craftsmanship, aesthetic distinctiveness and originality and be appreciated and nurtured in the context of public and private collections for many generations to come. Collecting and buying her creations would guarantee the owner to possess the so-called antique of the future.

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