Bluecoat Display Centre – Jessica Briggs

imageIn The Window Series – Jessica Briggs Jewellery. Exhibition 1 – 30 September 2008

Jessica originally studied Printed and Woven Textile Design at Manchester. Later, her love of drawing, texture, pattern and colour was matched by her discovery of and love for metal.

She has combined these passions in jewellery-making for the last 16 years, finding infinite expression in the exploration, experimentation and refinement of her inspirations and techniques.

imageIn her early daisy pieces (not shown), Jessica used gold leaf to bring colour, contrast and life to the crafted flowers. However, whilst studying for an MA at Sheffield, she learnt an ancient Korean technique for fusing gold to silver.

This opened up a whole new methodology. Making the technique her own and using it in conjunction with increasingly sophisticated texturing of sheet silver, Jessica established an individual and identifiable way of working.

Design ideas evolve and develop, but periodically flowers or floral patterns re-surface, re-interpreted in a more contemporary style. All designs, whatever the inspiration are translated into elegant pieces with subtle textures or more complex and layered finishes. There is always an inherent simplicity of both form and function.

Each item is handcrafted by Jessica in her workshop and thus the characteristics of all aspects of the work are under constant review. The result is an ever-changing range of very wearable jewellery including cuffs, rings, earrings, neckpieces, brooches, and men’s jewellery.