Designer of the Month – Jenny Gartside

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

I likewise display my work further afield, having actually shown two times in the Annual Exhibition of the Royal Society of Miniature Artists, Sculptors and Gravers held at the Mall Galleries in London, as well as in regional yearly exhibitions consisting of, the Stockport Open Art Exhibition, the Derbyshire Open Exhibition, and the Buxton Spa Prize Exhibition.This year was particularly exciting as I had a silver daffodil sculpture chosen for the Society of Botanical Artists Annual Exhibition an exhibition which I have never entered prior to.

Im likewise a member of the High Peak Artists Association, a collectively run group of over 40 local artists who run The Gallery in the Gardens (Buxton), I have actually been a member for 5 years offering my jewellery and as of spring 2020 I exhibit as a printmaker too, offering etched copperplate and drypoint prints.

Jewellery maker Jenny Gartside has a love of using gemstones and taking her inspiration from nature. Find out more about this months Designer of the Month below

Im a jeweller and printmaker from Buxton in the Peak District. Im likewise a mum, trombonist and wife — having actually belonged to my local brass band (Burbage Band, Buxton) for over 10 years. Music is a family hobby, so in addition to my hubby and boy we have racked up over 71 years of brass band experience in between us!

Inform us about your work– are there any particular materials or techniques that you favour?

Fascinating is a cold joining strategy which I am using a lot more in my pieces, I find it assists to get rid of a few of the issues connected with soldering such as the softening of metal or fire-scale, riveting can be integral to the style of the piece however likewise decorative too, an example being my double flower pendant which is held together with five rivets which likewise make up the stamen, so no heat was utilized in this piece at all! (the chain is also connected with a riveted hoop of wire).

I like working in silver mainly, with a little copper and bronze included for excellent procedure, and occasionally recycled steel. I typically utilize gems in my work, with peridot being a particular favourite to work with due to the fact that I enjoy the abundant green colour. I also enjoy engraving items utilizing a portable graver, I also like to utilize chasing and repousse on copper products, such as bowls.

How would you finest describe your design style?

Varied! I tend towards natural styles, using leaf patterns and shapes, or etching photos of birds and flowers onto jewellery. I feel that my signature style/ pieces are my silver square range which are set with gemstones and have a rough, rusty hammer textured background, these have actually constantly been popular with customers, however I likewise just love the look of the completed product too, so I end up making them a lot!

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

This mostly comes from the natural world as I always have my video camera ready when out walking so that I can capture interesting and brand-new shapes, textures or patterns to reproduce on jewellery in your home. A great deal of leaves, twigs, bark, plumes and seeds make their way home for work, either on my cam roll or in my pockets! I also get motivation from the ancient world, I find Viking and Saxon jewellery definitely fascinating, and I often create pieces in this style.

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

I believe my finest piece is probably my mini daffodil sculpture in silver. This piece was accepted this year into the Society of Botanical Artists exhibition, sadly the exhibit could not go ahead at the Mall Galleries in London as prepared due to the national lockdown, however it did proceed online! It was very amazing to have this piece selected for the exhibit, and it has motivated me to enter the exhibit again next year.

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

This would be my portable graver which I use a lot! Not only do I etch jewellery with it I likewise use this for my copperplate printing.

What approaching patterns do you see being popular soon?

I think interactive wedding event and engagement ring making will end up being more popular, as people are always trying to find methods to make this most personal celebrations truly distinct. This is something that I now offer as a class from my workshop, and it can be a lot of enjoyable for individuals to make such special products together.

I likewise think that the use of recycled products in jewellery may end up being more popular as we end up being more knowledgeable about environment modification and other environmental issues, I have a range which I make from used steel tin cans, and I identify it as such and these styles have actually frequently offered simply as well as their silver equivalents. I think style is often valued over material, so couple this with some strong eco– credentials and you have rather a desirable item!

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

Keep discovering! Although my first jewellery class was over sixteen years back, I still enjoy to participate in courses, if I identify something brand-new that I havent tried prior to I will typically go to great lengths to do this, I have actually taken a trip as far north as Scotland for a course in chasing and repousse, and as far south as West Sussex for a course in conventional hand engraving!

Do you have any specific recommendations that you would offer to up and coming jewellery designers, or somebody interested in getting into jewellery making?

Keep finding out too, it does not always require to be pricey or time consuming, there are many fantastic free online tutorials readily available now.

If you are considering entering jewellery making,– go for it, it is a lot fun! Keep exploring with styles and processes if you are already a jeweller but new to it. While a strong style is typically an excellent ultimate goal, you should not be scared to juggle a mosaic of styles first prior to you find the one that matches you. I still dont have just one design and Ive been making jewellery for practically half of my life!

Time for a bit of fun in our quick-fire round!

For more details on Jennys work, you can visit her site, or feel totally free to take a look at her Facebook or Instagram page.

Tell us your favourite …

Numerous thanks to Jenny for being our Designer of the Month this month and for sharing this info.

Colour– None in specific, I like them all!Biscuit– Mcvities orange clubDrink– Earl grey tea with milkPlace– Monsal Dale in Derbyshire, I have actually always been attracted to this location as it is so stunning and soothing, and I have actually strolled it many times. My other half proposed to me here one brilliant autumn day in 2018, and it is likewise the place we have actually picked to have our ashes spread when we are gone.Animal– Swallows, I enjoy watching their fluid, twisting flight patterns in the sky, and their remarkable speeds, and the sounds! I never ever tire of listening and watching to them, they make their way into my work rather often!Gemstone– Peridot, I enjoy the lovely, intense green colour.Food– All of it!Sport– Outdoor swimming, particularly in winter season … brrr!Film– None! I see viewing films as a waste of my precious time! I only have a lot time on this world and Im not going to waste any of it enjoying ridiculous old films! (… I do like the periodic documentary or retro funny series though!) City– Sheffield, I see it a beautiful, green and friendly city, it is the location where I first learned silversmithing and jewellery making several years ago, it is likewise where my kid was born– 2 things that have actually brought me a lot delight! (I even determinedly attended my very first year of jewellery college while pregnant, and the second year of it as a new Mother!).

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