Designer of the Month – Charlotte Biba Bouchard

Charlotte Biba Bouchard is a jewellery maker that stems from Cornwall, who likes to produce basic but strong piecse. Find out more about what inspires this jewellery maker and more in this months Designer of the Month listed below

Originating from Cornwall, I now live and work in the heart of South Devon so I am really much in the house here in the West Country.

I have actually always been a maker in one way or another developing Perspex jewellery as a teenager back in the 80s, period outfits, theatrical props and now valuable metal jewellery. Having actually carried out Silver Jewellery classes as part of my local Adult & & Community Learning programme, I have invested the last 12 years sharpening my techniques, style and skills whilst offering my jewellery through galleries and at selective Craft and Open Studio Events. Recently, having actually been made redundant from my other part-time job, I decided that I should accept the chance and go for it so I am now really delighted to finally state that this is my full-time job.

Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the jewellery making industry.

Tell us about your work– exist any particular materials or strategies that you favour?

I primarily operate in silver and definitely love using textures, producing my designs from recycled silver sheet and wire and frequently layering up various components to produce more dimension. I often utilizing oxidisation to really emphasize the depth and rub back areas to a brilliant matt silver to highlight and contrast.

Just recently, I have likewise been delighting in wax sculpting and the difficulties of casting! It supplies a technique to actually explore shape and textures be they natural and rustic or streamlined and angular. I d love to make a series of strong, angular statement rings set with rough cut or freeform stones.

How would you best explain your design style?

My jewellery can be strong and easy in style, but I am likewise drawn to create fragile and elaborate pieces. The silver and gold flower necklet incorporating Violets, Forget-me-nots and Ivy was motivated by the Language of Flowers and represents love, fidelity and remembrance. Above all, I like my pieces to have something that individuals can connect or determine with to provide them more meaning and I attempt to integrate a component of story in all my primary pieces.

Where do you like to get your inspiration from for your pieces?

Having grown up, and still living in the South West countryside just a stones toss from the coast, I am surrounded by nature which is an ever-changing motivation for my work.

I have actually constantly been amazed by artefacts from Ancient cultures– Egyptian art specifically and, as a young kid wanted to be an archaeologist like Howard Carter! It follows then that I likewise enjoy the Art Deco duration and style and it can plainly be recognized as an influence in my jewellery.

Do you have a piece that you have made which you favour or are especially happy of?

For a newbie, it was rather a complex piece to make and I found out so much about what is possible with metal. Recalling at it now and if I made it again, I know that it would be more improved– my soldering skills have actually definitely improved! It is a piece that I would never ever wish to offer, and I do manage to wear it from time to time.

When I was on the ACL Silver Jewellery course, it would have to be the flower necklet that I made back in 2011. Making it actually was the pivotal point in altering my working life. At the time I was working as a Primary School Teacher and whilst I liked the task, I actually felt a require to invest my days making this piece and developing offered me the self-confidence to pursue that dream.

What is the one item in your jewellery making workshop that you could not live without?

Its tough to pick and up until just recently I would have stated my Durston Rolling Mill without doubt however … my new Smiths Little Gas Torch has actually been a game changer in enabling me to solder my multi-layered pieces without a lot of melting minutes.

What approaching trends do you see being popular quickly?

I am discovering myself significantly hectic redesigning individualss acquired jewellery. Whether it would be classed as a pattern or not I am not exactly sure, but I do think that people are a lot more conscious of and wishing to reuse existing resources and what better way than to incorporate stones and rare-earth element that had indicating to a relative, buddy or loved one? The Citrine in the vibrant statement ring came from a treasure silver Edwardian bracelet that had actually been broken and left in a box. It is just one stone of a number of that I have made into various pieces of jewellery. It gives me a great deal of enjoyment to believe that they are being worn and valued and it links the wearer to the past household member and their special history.

What is the most valuable lesson you have gained from your time in the jewellery making market?

To keep discovering and practicing. I count myself lucky to have actually gotten motivation, mentor and support from some incredible Jewellers who have actually provided so kindly of their time and experience.

Do you have any particular recommendations that you would provide to up and coming jewellery designers, or someone thinking about entering jewellery making?

Do not be postponed and think that it is far too late, you have not got the best training or devices or opportunity. If you are passionate about doing it, you will find a method. Believe in yourself, just do it and enjoy it

Finally, time for a bit of enjoyable in our quick-fire round!

Inform us your favourite …

Colour– Green, constantly has beenBiscuit– Garibaldi (although they will constantly be squashed fly biscuits thanks to them being referred to that as a child) Drink– Tea– medium strength and not too milkyPlace– Im a household person so it has to be HomeAnimal– Cats (sorry to our pet Loli!) Gems– What is not to enjoy about a shimmering and clear old cut diamond?Food– Cornish clotted cream and jam however on a Cornish split not a sconeSport– I d rather not !! Film — Truly, Madly, Deeply– gets me every timeCity– Bath– the Antique Centre and Costume Museum are my favourites

Lots of thanks to Charlotte for being our Designer of the Month this month and for sharing this information

For more information on Charlottes work, you can visit her site, Facebook and Instagram

Wish to find the work of other jewellery makers?

Have a look at our interviews with a lot more Designers of the Month to get more information about their designs, motivation and more.

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