In August we ran our 2016 Jewellery Maker of the Year competition and were thrilled by the amazing designs entered! So many of you wanted to know more about the designers behind the winning entries.
In part 1 of this series we featured Kim Styles who won 2nd Place in the competition. And in part 2 we spoke to Vlad Zoldak who won 1st place for the amazing Interstellar Ring design. Today we are speaking to Robyn Golding who won 3rd place for her innovative, mixed media Green Fingers Ring!
Huge congratulations Robyn! Your Green Fingers Ring is so unusual and innovative! What was the inspiration behind the ring?
My inspiration came from the recycled materials I use in my work, as well as many found objects – in this piece it was from a small sapling, relating the piece into gardening enhanced by the literal interpretation of having green fingers.
How and when did your jewellery making journey start?
My interest in jewellery started at a very young age, I have grown up with my mum collecting, making and selling jewellery and always bringing home weird and wonderful items. I also grew up with the stories of my grandad making glass animals in Brighton and was always interested in following in this by creating my own jewellery/wearable art.
Have you had any formal training?
I studied jewellery design at Hereford College of Arts and graduated with a 2:1 upper second class in 2013.
Where do you typically find inspiration for what to make next?
I have always been a magpie for collecting items on my travels at home and overseas, I have a huge collection of items that I draw inspiration from and use within my work, such as rocks, glass, plastics, bubble wands and much more. I also spent most of my childhood growing up by the beach and I love beachcombing, this has inspired my most recent collection of jewellery called ‘I can hear the sea’.
What are your favourite techniques or medium?
With my recent collection, I am using a lot of silver granulation, I love this technique as it is simple and can achieve excellent quick results, I also love to use lots of found objects within my work as I love the idea of recycling, repurposing and the history in a piece.
What are your favourite tools?
I am a bit unconventional when it comes to some of the tools I use, although my torch, piercing saw and pliers and like extra limbs for me I also like using less conventional tools such as spoons to help stone setting and nails as centre punches, whatever is comfortable to achieve the desired finish.
What is your favourite thing(s) that you have made to date?
As previously mentioned I am working on a new collection ‘I can hear the sea’ and since moving away to the countryside in 2015 my love for the sea is very important. I love all the pieces I make and get attached to a lot of my work once its completed which makes it very hard to part with but I am especially fond of some of the early pieces I made from my plastic doll series of work as I feel these reflect the beginning of my journey into becoming a mixed media jeweller.
What is next?
I hope to build up my collection of work and eventually practice fulltime as I currently only make part time whilst working full time, I also aim to participate in more craft shows and build up my online presence.