Updated: Feb 14
Women of Influence
International Women's Day - 8th March - is a day to celebrate women across the world for being wonderful, extraordinary powerhouses. There are so many women that inspire us in our lives and we are grateful to them to allow us to be part of theirs.Even as these words are typed there are a plethora of names popping out that need recognition.
Early in Anne's career/education there were many women jewellers that influenced her to reach for the stars, as well as the many who helped her get here. She's chosen just two to talk about although there are many more.
"One of the first jewellery books I picked up included Wendy Ramshaw. She had paved the way for modernist jewellery design. Her signature ringsets are represented in over 70 public collections worldwide. Ramshaw's work also encompassed designs for textiles, screens, gateways and sculpture. The Scottish Gallery has exhibited some of her most ambitious ideas through exhibitions such as Picasso's Ladies (1989), Rooms of Dreams (2002), Prospero's Table (2004) and a Journey Through Glass (2007) - Room of Dreams was designed and created specifically as a theatrical stage set for the jewellery. She really was most inspirational to a wannabe contemporary jeweller."
"Later when I become a little more established I was lucky enough to meet Pamela Rawnsley. Pamela touched so many people in her life and career and I haven't met anyone that wasn't amazed and wowed - not only by her work but by the commitment to her discipline. She was kind and generous with her time, and together with her husband Matthew Tomlinson (also an accomplished metalworker), made us newbies so welcome in this world of creating. She touched my life in many ways.
Pamela died in May 2014 as the result of a sudden, ferocious and untreatable brain tumour.
Born in Devon, Pamela lived for many years in Wales where her studio looked out directly at the landscape which was so influential in her work. The same visual and technical threads ran through both her silversmithing and jewellery, combining subtly curved forms with textured surfaces in a variety of finishes.
Her first workshop was established in the 1980s; and from then on she produced jewellery and small objects in many materials including resins and silk-screened PVC, but metals always claimed priority, especially silver.
A few years ago she began working at a larger scale, and silversmithing became an important part of her practice.
A continuous preoccupation was landscape in all its moods, big spaces with tiny details; most recently, the ambiguity and shape-shifting nature of the light on the hills. This was not landscape as pastoral idyll, but a place, bearing evidence of continuous layers of survival.
Pamela's recent work continued to explore these themes, beginning with drawings and prints, before translating her ideas into metals. Her expressive vessel forms in silver, designed to stand alone or in groups, were complemented by small collections of jewellery that expressed the drawn line.
Both strands of her award-winning work have been exhibited nationally and internationally, and are represented in both public and private collections." AM
Our Sp-Ring 21 Exhibition
We continue to be inspired and find ourselves in the luckiest of positions - despite living in a pandemic - of working with an amazing team of jewellers. Most of them do happen to be women but those who aren't, we know, surround themselves with a great team of women too!
We showcase the most breathtaking collection of jewellery and work with a pretty amazing bunch of women too. We've missed being a team this year and hope that it won't be long before we can open our doors again.
We all think our jewellery gets worn by an amazing bunch of women too.
So thank you to them and the people who buy jewellery for them.
Your support means the world to us at this time.
Whats coming up next ?
/We're going to be exploring in more detail all about our makers where they are from and what makes them tick
/Want to know a bit more about the stones that we use? We going to be including some little facts about what makes a diamond a diamond and a CZ not a diamond.
/We'll be styling it up with our very own stylist Rachel Thomas Davies. She'll be showing us ways to wear the jewellery we stock with some of her picks.
/And just because its been a long time - how about a little introduction to Anne and her business- how it all started.
/We got some great links to share with you all about jewellery - online exhibitions you can check out and what talks are coming up. If there's anything you'd like us to include in our newsletters then please get in touch.
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