ABBY FRANCES

With strength and rigidity, endless possibilities in manipulation, subtle metallic hues to be exploited and an inherent preciousness, it is silver and gold I select as my materials of choice. My jewellery captures a wonderful mix between geometry and femininity. I am drawn to geometric pattern in any form; a decorative grate in the road, the repetition in shapes of windows in an office block, tiles arranged in a tessellating pattern. I constantly strive to use these patterns with a delicate eye and hand to retain a feminine aesthetic with an understanding that the geometry I am drawn to could easily be characterised as innately masculine.

Alongside my jewellery practice, I work as a manufacturing engineer in the aerospace industry. There are obvious parallels between my creative practice and my employment: I am driven to create well engineered, precise objects using traditional silversmithing techniques. The geometric patterns I select and develop for my work are layered symmetrically and asymmetrically but always logically.

My love of graduation of colour drives experimentation with texture, oxidation and patination techniques and this is used to add depth and contrast between the different layers in each piece. While I would describe my aesthetic as sophisticated, the addition of a simple kinetic mechanism in some pieces adds playfulness and light heartedness.

The kinetic element is sometimes used to encourage interaction and is sometimes developed to move with the body’s natural movements. It is a gentle reminder that beautiful objects are not only for looking at or keeping safe, they come to life when they are used and they must be enjoyed.