“My products are colourful, playful and delightfully pretty, inspired by the countryside and gardens around my rural Somerset studio. Lightweight jewellery pieces are made by printing aluminium sheet with an array of patterns. These are handworked and combined with silver fixtures and fittings to create simple, delicate pieces”. (Sally Pawson)
What first inspired you to become a jewellery designer?
I have always had a distinctive personal style and a love of colour. This coupled with the desire to be creative in a functional, purposeful way took me to University College Falmouth in Cornwall. There I learnt about design and creativity on the contemporary crafts degree course and was exposed to a whole world of jewellery that I had not seen before. The world of contemporary jewellery was immediately inspiring and I knew this would provide the outlet for my creativity that I had been searching for.
What items do you mainly make?
I make rings, earrings, necklaces, bangles, cufflinks and have recently begun making brooches.
What kind of materials do you use?
A combination of printed aluminium, sterling silver and miniature screws.
Where does your inspiration come from?
I find inspiration all around me, I try not to draw on any particular source but use materials, colours, patterns and my own feelings and intuition to guide me.
What is your design process?
I tend to deign in a very intuitive, spontaneous way. I will try something and then keep tweaking it until I am happy, sometimes this will take a few hours, sometimes weeks or months. There is always a warm feeling when I know I have hit the nail on the head!!
What have been some of your favourite jewellery pieces you’ve created and why?
I love all the pieces in the collection… that’s why they are in there!
Could you describe the woman who wears your jewellery? Who is your ideal customer?
Anyone and everyone! I don’t have an ideal customer. I believe that good design should be wholly inclusive.
Is there one piece in your collection that you think every woman should have?
No, whatever suits her that’s the piece she should have.
What are you working on now? Do you have any new projects?
I am currently working on a series of brooches.
How do you think contemporary jewellery is going to develop?
As time goes by more and more exciting designs and processes will emerge, therefore the contemporary jewellery scene will always be getting richer.