For strength and rigidity, for endless possibilities in manipulation, for the deployment of subtle metallic hues and for their inherent preciousness, Abby’s materials of choice are silver and gold.
The exploration of composition, pattern, layering, shape, structure and colour play an important role for Abby. A decorative grate in the road, the repetition in shapes of windows in an office block, tiles arranged in a tessellating pattern are geometric patterns that inspire her.
When not making jewellery she works as a manufacturing engineer in the aerospace industry. There are obvious parallels between her creative practice and her employment. Abby makes well engineered, precise objects using traditional silversmithing techniques.
The geometric patterns she selects and develops for her work are layered, some symmetrically and some asymmetrically but always logically.
Abby loves to work with colour, both graduations of colour and colour contrasts. With this is mind, she experiments with texture, oxidation and powder coating techniques. This helps to add depth and contrast between the different layers in each piece.
Her aesthetic is sophisticated, but there is room also for playfulness and light-heartedness. Some pieces include a simple kinetic mechanism. This encourages interaction and is in certain cases developed to move with the body’s natural movements.
It is a gentle reminder that beautiful objects are not only for looking at or for keeping safe but to be used and always enjoyed.
Abby’s collection is with us for our Spring Show, MERAKI, which runs until April 22nd 2018. With one-off designs, limited edition pieces and an ever-developing collection, you are sure to know that you are wearing something truly unique. Make sure you head to Hebden Bridge soon to see her stunning work. Follow Abby over on Instagram x