Imogen Belfield’s experimental jewellery
A beautiful piece of jewellery is arguably the most useful part of any wardrobe; it is the most durable and versatile piece of clothing and can be worn day in, day out. This is why it is easy to justify spending a little bit more on a special piece and why it’s so exciting when you find a designer whose creations are innovative and unique.
Imogen Belfield, Media and Design graduate from the Sir John Cass School of Art, is one of those designers who create stunning statement pieces inspired by a combination of architecture and nature.
Using anything from rocks in the Natural History Museum to Brick Lane market as muses, Belfield hand crafts her jewellery using an array of materials and techniques. She experiments with porcelain, gemstones, metals, dyes and glaze and creates casts from paper, plastics and even fruit.
‘By wandering down Brick Lane, I find the most amazing looking fruits and vegetables with incredible undulating forms,’ explains Belfield. ‘I then cut them up and collage them in different ways and then take plaster casts from these forms.’
‘After many different processes, a fragment of these fruits will then be transposed into a metal piece or part of my jewellery designs.’
The result of Belfield’s experimentation is modern and sophisticated jewellery that maintains quite a subtle, wearable quality in spite of its bold nature and it is no surprise that she has been the recipient of awards from the likes of the British Jewellery Association and The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.
Belfield’s jewellery is stocked at Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and ASOS and ranges from £50-£250.
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