Spotlight

Anna Gordon

I am constantly influenced by my surroundings. Sometimes it is considered, and other times these influences only become recognisable on completion of a piece. These include nature or architectural detail, as well as everyday objects found around my home and workshop. Each idea is sketched, and although I use a lot of geometric shapes in my work, I make each piece by hand in order to retain the spontaneity of the drawings.

I am interested in drawing and the quality of the drawn line. I see the pieces of jewellery as a sketch on the body, sometimes 3 dimensional and often with an element of movement. I enjoy the changes to a piece as the light plays on it, creating a shadow on the wearer or catching the brightness of gold leaf. I like this contrast and feel it gives the work another dimension.

The repeated unit plays a key role in my work. I have recently been exploring this using textile pattern and prints, especially Japanese silks and origami papers. I particularly enjoy experimenting with these simplified organic and geometric forms, using a palette of precious metal as well as introducing natural materials, gemstones, and enamel.