Anna De Ville

Created 10 Aug, 2011   - 0 Comments  

I started making jewellery at home in my bedroom. In 1992, as the business grew and became a full time job, I moved to a workshop in the Birmingham jewellery quarter where I still work. I sell and exhibit throughout the UK and my work is held in many private collections.

Essentially self taught, I work on the flat. The shape of the piece is sawn from a sheet of silver and then built up a layer at a time. The areas to be applied are cut out with very sharp snips and then soldered into place. The last details are made with fine silver wire. The dramatic black and white “wood cut” look is achieved by oxidising the background and polishing the foreground with a selection of mops and brushes.

Silver & Oxidised Jewellery

All my inspiration comes from the natural world. I make elegant necklaces and earrings based on leaf and flower shapes. Another, figurative side of my work is shown in humorous interpretation of animals. Hares and frogs sit alongside cheeky starlings and bemused looking owls. My latest project is to explore the design possibilities of the plumage of particular birds like the sea eagle and bittern in a series of limited edition brooches, necklaces and small sculptures. These hand made pieces are a real joy to work on and make me want to get up in the morning.

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