Power of Flowers – flowers in jewellery design
By definition the flower power of the late sixties and seventies was about non-violent protest and the use of flowers in this way became a symbol of a peaceful approach.
Flowers are often seen in a whimsical light, not implying strength. However their omnipresence in fashion indicates that these natural beauties are a force to be reckoned with. They may appear small on their own but massed together they have real power.
This season there is no room for wallflowers or shrinking violets in our florals. Loewe models we’re sporting bold leather lily cuffs in a range of colours.
Delpozo had literal armfuls of blooms on lightweight gloves (a big statement but still ‘armless fun for wearability).
Delpozo model getting an earful from these artificial green blooms
Many of my most admired jewellers have a flowery muse. Christopher Thompson-Royds with his flattened, hand painted pieces on precious metals is enough to make you dust off your childhood flower pressing skills and practice some dainty watercolours. The kinetic delights of Victoria Walker are also inspired by natural forms and happily mirror the movements of plants and flowers.
Floral themes are here to stay and are commanding our attention.
Heng Lee creates these pixelated embroidery in silver that appear like florals of the future.
Rosa Pietschs’ laser cut nouveau neckpiece has a chunky clout but keeps a delicate visual.
Slawa Tchorzewska is here to take you on a walk on the wild side with these organic sproutings.
Five faves for finding flowers in the big smoke
St James’s Park-a trundle around the grounds of one of London’s free public garden can blow out the cobwebs and let in some colourful ideas this summer.
Kew– Kew has amazing architecture, plants, flowers and a high walk to recommend it.
Barbican conservatory-for the all-weather plant lover. These brutally beautiful surroundings never fail to disappoint. Open Sundays 12-5pm. Free.
Chelsea Physic Garden, opening times vary with some late hours in the summer. This often hidden treasure is ticketed treat.
Tell us what ideas and projects do you have blossoming right now?
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Lil Adams is the London Jewellery School Sundays Studio Manager. Lil studied Fine Art in Leeds and lived in Melbourne before travelling about and settling in London. She now works at the British Architectural Library and enjoys making jewellery with found and natural objects and is shamelessly addicted to casting.