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Jewellery designer and artist Alexandra Parkinson’s bold metal work recently caught our eye at the Execution Room on Vyner Street, East London's art hub.
“DegreeArt saw my work at New Designers 2012 and soon after I got a phone call asking me to take part in their new exhibition."
Having graduated from a Three Dimensional Design course at Manchester School of Art earlier this year, Parkinson has quickly piqued interest for her textural and purposeful jewellery. “I use a fold forming technique that I have developed into my own style. I love the idea of starting with a flat sheet of metal and manipulating it into an interesting three dimensional form.” Speaking about her love for jewellery that has turned into tangible art, Parkinson elaborates, “ I love statement jewellery. I love to design and make jewellery that will be seen and spark interest. How some people wear a certain style of clothing as a statement, I want the jewellery to be the statement and the main focus.”
The designer explains how she conceptualises her jewellery designs. “ My work is inspired by natural forms and repetition. When I was developing my larger bangles, I saw a photograph of a seed from a plant that had this really interesting texture and form and I looked at it and thought ‘how can I make that in metal?’ and it developed from there.”
Not only does Parkinson create jewellery, but she also makes large scale functional pieces. “I am currently working on silversmithing pieces for a competition in December and also for the young designer silversmith award in February.” Although Parkinson has only begun her journey, she admits she is ready to develop her work further and utilise new techniques, “ I would like to start incorporating precious stones into my work now. There’s so much more development I can do now I understand my crinkle technique.
My goal is to have a range of statement jewellery with a range of smaller pieces alongside so I can have a wider client base.”
Words Hannah Shakir
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