Jane Gowans makes the kind of jewellery that doesn’t shout, but subtly seduces with its feminine architecture. I spoke to the Scottish-based emerging jeweller about her works.
Your Hands collection is really funny – how did you develop this collection?
This was my degree show work which was created in 2009. I was hugely inspired by European art jewellery and was keen to experiment with non-precious materials.
The concept developed from my fascination of people. I had observed that on the tube in London people would stand so close to one another that they would be touching and yet would never offer any verbal communication. I suppose these pieces highlight these contradictory behaviour and highlight the emotional aspects of touch, both positive and negative.
The Matchsticks collection is completely different to Hands – the pieces are delicate and often graphic – how did you get from Hands to Matchsticks?
These pieces were developed as part of a residency in 2010. I began again with non-precious materials including wood and enamel paint to create sculptural objects. These developed naturally into wearable precious metal accessories which I refined to create my current range.
What are your 2011 limited edition rings made of?
They are made from silver. Some are gold plated or oxidised and have aselection of semi-precious stones including peridots, amethysts, citrines and topaz.
What made you decide to produce prints alongside the limited edition collection?
The prints are of my hand drawn designs. These originally inspired the collection. I am always keen to cross disciplines and utilise other skills that I have developed as a creative person.
They seem quite tower-like – what inspired you to pile the gem stone high like that?
I was inspired by my drawings – I wasn’t sure if it was possible but the unsual setting acted like stilts and meant I could position the stones of the rocky surface of the Bessie ring.
What’s next for you?
I am excited to release my new collection in February 2012 which will offer more precious metal luxury. With inspiration taken from unusual geology and the mystery of rock pools expect more stones and a collection of minimal but striking must-have pieces.
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