Images are the central focus for Bronwen's
Jewellery. She produces work to commission and for galleries using traditional
silver working techniques along side innovative, experimental acrylic print
methods. These materials are combined with eclectic images, sourced from
diverse graphic and photographic material.
"My interest is rooted in the images I use.
These images are an exploration of nostalgia. I delight in primitively printed
images with crude, inaccurate blocked colours and accidental print misalignment.
My work explores how subtle changes in colour can engage the viewer and how the
unwanted and discarded can regain it's value when viewed in a new context. The
unique acrylic print process I have developed allows me to incorporate these
images in to wearable jewellery."
Bronwen's recent work records the modernist
urban landscape of British cities using her own photography and digital
manipulation. Designed as architectural and social perfection many of these
buildings have their cult followings but are often despised by the wider
population and the people who live and work in their shadow. Combining these
images of brutal architecture with the delicacy and preciousness of Jewellery
encourages the viewer to examine these familiar landmarks and reconsider them.
Recently, she has been working on a greasy spoon café series as a continuation
of this urban theme.
The print method Bronwen has developed allows
fantastically detailed results and bespoke one-off prints can be produced. This
provides infinite scope for commissions. Working with the images that are
important to the client presents further challenges and diversity.
Collaborating with the client in this way can produce diverse and exciting and
results. Increasingly Bronwen is exploring other print methods to incorporate
in to her work using the facilities and expertise of Northern Print. She has
learnt the techniques of Photo screenprinting and Photo etching which are
starting to inform her work.
Bronwen trained in Three dimensional design at
the University of Northumbria where she later progressed to the Design
residency graduate programme. In 2005 she set up her studio at the Mushroom
Works in the Ouseburn area of Newcastle. From her studio Bronwen produces
jewellery to commission and for galleries nationally. Bronwen welcomes visits