Exceptional in its design, the hand-stamped sterling silver sides open underneath and are lined with an 18k gold rim. The faceted rutilated quartz is surrounded by a neat channel of diamonds set in 18k yellow gold.
mother of pearl, vintage cutlery handles, sterling silver, acrylic, steel hand pierced and hand fabricated. 7x7x2cm. 2021
This brooch is a flexible chainmaille structure of hand carved mother of pearl and vintage cutlery handles. I was initially compelled by the visual qualities of mother of pearl; the smooth, lustrous nacre being evocative of the Art Deco period as a signifier of technical innovation. Within its own structure, the mollusc nacre is an index of the tides, the waved patterning contributing to its remarkable protective strength. Even now, the mollusk produced nacre is being studied by chemists in effort to develop lightweight aeronautic materials and armour.
In the 1930’s and 40’s mother of pearl and other natural materials were simulated with bakelite, phenolic resins and other synthetics to create costume jewellery and popular functional items. I am fascinated by how these simulations have found their own value throughout the history of adornment by extending further into the general populations (sometimes covertly). The vintage cutlery handles allowed me to explore the subtleties of the two different materials. Optically similar, the mother of pearl is dense and compact, whereas the synthetic is almost stretchy, and endlessly durable. Together they are linked into a strong, collapsible network and brought to symmetry by the brooch mechanism. Armour for armour.
Large Core Sample Torus Pendantin sterling silver and 24k yellow gold plating.
A complement to 'Core Sample Torus' rings that are also inspired by the rigidity of the tubular core sample formation, juxtaposed with the inherent organic nature of the rock and regolith. Note the attention to detail in the deeply worked bail--the riveted link holding the pendant on the chain.
Pass the Butter Please is a playful ring of sterling silver, copper and resin. It features lobster, lime and lettuce for your dinner ring; 5.3 cm L x 5.5 cm W x 2.5 cm H and made in 2021. Size 7 To be worn with love and care.
Lobster counterpoints: Gastronomic indulgence vs. dining impracticality; iconic exoticism vs. predictable regionality; delightful taste vs. malingering odour.
These extremes of effect can characterize its impact as camp culinary theatre embodied in a single object. However in its original, full-sized, biodegradable form, the lobster is arguably not the wisest choice for a wearable object.
These rings present our subject in a much more practical and durable form—while still provoking (if only vicariously) the same complexly diverse reactions, from wearer and viewer alike.
Cornerways Earrings These sterling silver earrings are frankly extraordinary. They are fine and delicate and yet strong. Beautifully engineered with just the right hinges,they maintain various different positions--positions that make them seem quite like different earrings from the moment before. 4.6 x 4.6 cm
225 Red/Blue Necklace. The large flat disc is filled with Ritchie's signature filigree pattern in blue non ferrous metal embedded in resin. The red powder-coated pendant is suspended from a textile neck cord. 30 cm x 8.5 cm (x 8 mm depth).
Susanna Brooch. Stolen glimpses of love, Renaissance images are affixed to polymer clay in a sterling silver brooch with freshwater pearls. An image transfer has been made on both the front and back of the brooch. 9 x 4.5 cm x 5 mm
Phases Iteratives: Phase 4 Retour a Soi. Sterling silver brooch with small wood cubes studding the interior along with shards of rust and mirror. Green cotton thread tightly stitches the whole together and the form is suspended by a stainless steel pin.