Nicky Lawrence
My love of diving brought about an awareness of the incredible complexity and beauty of the world beneath the oceans as well as a realisation of its rapid degradation. I have developed this jewellery collection ‘Coralscape’ as a response. Focussing on one of the smaller sea creatures, nudibranchs (sea slugs), I recreate their intense beauty, intricate patterns and vibrant colours in wearable jewellery. In so doing, I contrast the aesthetic beauty of the nudibranch with the ecological destruction of coral reefs in order to stimulate thought and discussion among wearers and viewers. My jewellery is made from glass and metal. The simplicity of the metal is juxtaposed with delicate, brightly-coloured glass. I represent the essence of nudibranch forms by texturing the metal with hammer strokes and drill holes, before doming the metal. The tentacles are formed by placing glass into these perforated forms, allowing the glass to flow through the holes.
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