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A Jeweller at Chalk; shapes in silver by Alison Crowe

We are delighted to be showing the work of silversmith jeweller, Alison Crowe at Chalk Gallery through July and August. Her exquisitely crafted designs are derived from both natural forms and early 20th century art and design. Some examples of the influences in her work can be seen here.

This pendant belongs to the Stellatus collection which is based on a range of organic forms found in nature, echoing sinuous and sculpture shapes with their rhythm and repetition. The two-dimensional botanical Cut-Outs produced by the artist Henri Matisse have also strongly influenced the creation of these pieces. The references to his flowing shapes and rhythmic composition are very enjoyable, and work perfectly in this softly sparkling arrangement.

The Network collection uses black Tourmalinated Quartz gemstones which have intrinsic Tourmaline filaments in clear or semi-opaque crystal quartz. Alison tells us that the unique properties of certain gemstones often provide inspiration for her designs. In this case, the filaments of the Tourmaline are so perfect in their regularity, that they appear manmade. It is this quality that Alison finds intriguing - the criss-crossing patterns which are so reminiscent of work by Modernist artists and designers. Alison echoes these natural patterns with hand-engraving on the surface of the silver creating a reflective energy through the synthesis of the natural and manmade elements.

Alison will be showing her work at Chalk from 5th July until the 5th September. Make sure you don't miss this opportunity to see these unique, hand-crafted treasures.

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