Monique makes jewellery that invites the viewer to look closer, there may be a small door to open, a lid to remove or a locket to spin. To her the interaction of jewellery is important; the revealing of something secret and hidden will always provoke curiosity and wonder. Her current Moorland Collection explores the imbalance and incongruity of the large granite rocks found on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall. Her intention was to address their shape and toppling formations that have been naturally sculpted over many thousands of years. She is drawn to irregular forms and asymmetrical compositions. The imposing boulders and fractures of rock found in Cornwall continue to be a prominent source of inspiration. In this series of work, Monique applies vitreous enamel to obtain a drawn fractured quality, together with various forms of stone setting. Colour plays an important role through the use of semi-precious stones, gold and contrasting oxidised sterling silver with highly polished silver. Mechanisms also feature in her work with the tiny hinges she makes for her locket pieces and the handmade hidden spring mechanism concealed in the base of her pin brooches.
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