The work I am submitting is very personal. It is a little piece of home away from home. It is also a reflection on my journey as a creative and a maker.
I am originally from Normandie, France. Every year I go back to spend the summer with my family by the sea and immerse myself into the familiar atmosphere that I am deeply attached to, a mix of beautiful scenery, rich local history and fond childhood memories. I have long been thinking about incorporating some of that into my jewellery but the idea had to mature whilst I continued developing my technical skills.
The neckpiece that I am showcasing is the result of that thinking. It mixes fragments of broken seashells that I have collected from walks on the beach and casted in sterling silver, together with actual oyster shells and sea glass that I have set like precious gemstones.
I love the movement, the textures and colours of that necklace – very evocative of the place, full of character, unique and strong. ‘Sea Breeze’ had to be.