Welcome back everyone, and don’t we have some real treats lined up for you this time round. We’ll be introducing the spectacularly offbeat and unusual jewellery designs of Chiara Bet and Jenny Llewellyn; two dynamic contemporary jewellers whose undoubtedly desirable creations are made with nothing less than heaps of originality and creative flair. We’ll also be delving into the socio-politically motivated artworks of one Twinkle Troughton, a London-based artist whose use of witty metaphors and symbolic distortions offer an authentically unique brand of social commentary/critique; a collection sure to tickle any activist’s fancy.
Chiara Bet’s fantastical collections of sculptural jewellery are a unique harmony of mystical, magical, and classical influences. Normally set in a rich variety of gold and silver hues, her highly distinctive pieces are most often characterised by an intriguing use of the human figure, everything from hands puppeteering earrings to fists clenching chains and pearls; an enchanted homage to the timeless figurative studies of the Renaissance period and the literary notion of the the grotesque body. With an explicitly modern spin, it is the curious nature and sheer sense of wonder surrounding such classical styles that Chiara’s work looks to reinvent - offering the wearer new found feelings of fantasy and expressive narrative, miniature pieces of personal escapism you might say.
Another leading figure in the UK jewellers scene, Jenny Llewellyn has become renowned for her bright and boisterous silicone based jewellery collections, captivating, incredibly vivid pieces which will never go unnoticed. Initially inspired by the luminescent colours, shapes and movements of creatures from the sea, Jenny’s practice has become increasingly process and material led overtime. Resulting in an entirely unique assortment of necklaces, earrings, and bangles, unlike anything you're likely to find elsewhere.
Having exhibited in the UK and internationally, Twinkle’s work uses a combination of myths, fables, symbolic subversions, and anthropomorphic imagery to highlight the social and political issues of today. In a very broad sense her work aims to draw our attention to the cyclical nature of problems which have troubled the human condition for millennia, exploring universal traits such as greed, selfishness, and fear. This bridging of the past with the present is often literally translated into her paintings through a meeting of traditional tones, styles, and techniques with more modern aesthetic qualities and representational imagery. Whatever you make of this artist’s work one thing is certain: that behind the playful appearance of each piece there is always a more sincere, meaningful undertone.