Vee has been making jewellery in her West Sussex studio for fifteen years, having completed a jewellery degree in the 80’s at Farnham School of Art. She is hugely influenced by the abundant and beautiful flora on her doorstep, where she walks daily on the South Downs. Photographing and sketching wild flowers, leaves and seed-heads inspires much of Vee’s work. The names of some of these species also fascinate her – Enchanter’s Nightshade, Lady’s Bedstraw and Round-headed Rampion, to name a few.
Trying to re-create the elegance and delicacy of these plants in silver is a constant challenge, as is making them wearable and comfortable. Vee often uses paper and card to help in the design of her pieces. She also hammers the surface of the silver, not only to add texture, but also to add shape to each piece. Hammering makes the silver move in an organic way and can often have unexpected and serendipitous results.
Vee will be taking part in Brighton Artists’ Open Houses this November/December. She will be at Milton House, 72 Clyde Road, Brighton BN1 4NP. Milton House is always brimming with stunning artworks and crafts and won best open house in Christmas 2020. It has a wonderful selection of ceramics, prints, cards, jewellery, candles and much more.
Visit www.vpjewellery.co.uk to see Vee’s work.