What inspires Rosie Bill

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Rosie Bill tells us about the old china that inspires her 'Lost and Found' collection


The inspiration for all my work has been the story behind the piece. My father, mother and brother are actors and writers and so the idea of telling a story is very important to me. And with the ‘Lost and Found’ collection I find that people always want to know how the fragments got to the garden. Who ate from the plate or smashed the cup that ended up buried in a garden? I love that. To give people the opportunity to create their own story and
look at discarded objects differently, even if they are broken.

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I use traditional jewellery techniques, making my own findings where I can. I make each collet for the china from sheet silver. Each is completely unique like the china fragment itself. I have been creating the ‘Lost and Found’ collection for around eight years now. I take found and broken fragments of china (either dug up in a garden or a piece of a family heirloom) and set the piece into silver. The idea is to breathe new life into discarded objects.

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I’m a 4th generation jeweller with my paternal grandfather having an enamelling factory in the Birmingham jewellery quarter. I studied Jewellery and Silver Smithing at  Sheffield Hallam university. I have always loved art and sculpture but wanted to have skills that I could work with to express that and which was also a viable way to make money so I could always do what I loved for a living. At university I did a lot of silver smithing and ‘conceptual’ jewellery work; giant concrete bangles and such. When I left I worked for the fabulous designer Lara Bohinc and I feel that is where I really learnt to make jewellery, making multiples of single items and really learning the business.

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Article by Kira Withers-Jones

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