This body of work pays homage to the marks that are laid down by the elements on man-made surfaces and structures, with particular reference to the coastal area of Tinside Lido, Plymouth. The mark-making processes are slow but relentless: the action of the waves, the height of the tides, the weather and the erceness of the storms that batter the coastline. Each action has a consequence. Some are only visible by comparison with similar areas but all are ongoing, perpetual, relentless. These marks of time and tide can be viewed as damaging and destructive, however, this collection of contemporary jewellery aspires to challenge any negative connotations by allowing the beauty of the marks to become a celebrated feature. At times , the hand of the maker will be visible and at others, the wearer will continue the narrative by adding to the marks through movement and wear. Val Muddyman works in mixed media including jesmonite, wood and sterling silver. Fibres, rust and steel recreate and celebrate the textures and marks found in the area
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