Last week I went to the third Home Grown exhibition at Ocean Studios, called Radius: 50mi featuring “contemporary jewellery and small scale metal artefacts”. Multiple artists contributed to the exhibition.
Jodie Hansen’s inspiration comes from nature and local scenery. Her jewellery has a fragile, unique, and slightly eerie quality that is beguiling.
Tracey Falvey’s inspiration is “drawn from sculptural and architectural structures” and she uses recycled silver. I really liked the contrast between the dark or silver outside and the bright colours painted on the inside.
Maria Whetman’s jewellery uses clusters of hand-made jewels and shards of silver. Her work seems dark and opulent.
Rachel Darbourne “lovingly murders” cuddly toys and makes jewellery from the pieces. Her work is grisly, playful, and highly peculiar. I was lucky enough to meet Rachel at the Ocean Studios Open Day during last year’s Weekender.
Noah Taylor has a love of “things”. He deconstructs objects made from brass, bronze, and copper, then puts them back together to create new artefacts. The finished products have an abundance of life and character, and remind me of the creatures in the film Return to Oz.
Stacey West’s award winning jewellery is inspired by found treasures and “the raw organic Cornwall coastline and rugged landscape”. Her collection “Interlocking Strata” is tactile and interactive and encourages the wearer to play with their jewellery.
Katy Luxton is inspired by “mathematical models, geometric shapes, and the interwoven curves, circles and figures produced by a spirograph”. She incorporates 3D printing and hand-dyeing to make colourful and exciting jewellery.
Chloe O’Brien is inspired by discarded postcards “capturing this gentleness of the past to reflect and honor the beauty of these traditional forms of language, communication and handwriting”. She cuts and reforms vintage postcards and postage stamps to look like precious stones.
Peter Reeves is inspired by organic textures including tree bark and beehives. I really liked his beehive ring which has a pattern of interlocking hexagons with a tiny silver bee crawling over.
Victoria Sewart’s inspirations for her work on display are “the aesthetics of form, structure and material composition” and the collection “investigates the properties of stainless steel mesh”. Her jewellery looks like gold and silver ribbons trapped in time and movement.
Nicola Hurst’s inspiration comes from “architecture, simple shapes and everyday living”. Her work uses intersecting shapes and I think they resemble ancient symbols.
Sam Photic is inspired by “the isolated Devonshire landscape and the continued encroachment of society upon it”. His pieces of abstract work on display are metal squares and circles bolted together with strips of colour. I think the central piece in my photo could make a striking album cover.
Leigh Mason “references form, scale, texture and colour”. and her work has been featured in Vogue magazine. I liked her unusual square-shaped rings with oversized pastel coloured gems.
Ana Simoes is inspired by “the richness of Ana’s home country’s history, landscape and architecture, particularly by its connection to the sea and the unknown”. Some of the work she had displayed looked like tiny planets and moons.
I really enjoyed this exhibition which was filled with so many different types of jewellery from local artists. I am currently working on making jewellery with found seaglass and recycled silver with my National Saturday Art and Design Club at PCA led by my tutor Kate Marshall and this exhibition has given me lots of inspiration.