Silversmith uses Bracknell roundabouts
PUBLISHED: 12:34 23 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:20 20 February 2013
Award winner Jane Tadrist finds unusual local inspiration
Award winning Berkshire silversmith and contemporary jeweller Jane Tadrist exhbited her unique designs at the prestigious Desire Fair at the Guild Hall, Winchester this month. But very few of those viewing her beautiful work will realise its links to Bracknells buildings and numerous roundabouts!
Jane, who exhibits locally and nationally, showed her distinctive Brutiful Hexagons range of finely crafted sterling silver jewellery and precious metal work, all based on that enigmatic six-sided shape. Featuring large in the natural world think of the honeycomb the hexagon has fascinated generations of people who have variously ascribed to it magical and talismanic qualities. Not to mention its appeal to architects.
The initial inspiration for Brutiful Hexagons arose from a community arts project Jane initiated in her recent role as resident silversmith at South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell. For the project she invited locals of all ages to depict their feelings about life in Bracknell new town. This led her to focus on the geometric forms of the new town: the roundabouts, architectural features and road systems, the aesthetics of which Bracknell locals and all of us in our concrete urban lives often fail to recognise and appreciate. These hidden gems Jane has now translated into the new body of silverware and jewellery, Brutiful Hexagons.
Based in Warfield, just outside Bracknell, Jane says: Brutiful Hexagons evolved from the dual influences of clean, modernist geometric lines in brutalist architecture and naturally occurring geometric forms such as fractals and snowflakes. Brutiful Hexagon designs comprise Christmas decorations, earrings, pendants, cocktail rings and gem studded cufflinks and brooches. Prices start from 32.