Bronwen Gwillim

“I make wearable, sculptural jewellery from recycled materials. Mimicking the effects of the sea, I work their surfaces till they feel natural in the hand, like a treasured pebble.”

Bronwen is interested in how we use the mountains of existing throwaway plastic as a raw resource for making. She seeks to reappraise plastic as a precious material to be used thoughtfully, sparingly and to avoid throwing it away.

Bronwen lives in Bristol but spends as much time as she can in her boat on the River Severn in Gloucestershire, where she gains inspiration along the riverbank, observing the effects of the light and powerful tides on the ever-changing shapes and textures of the mud flats. Her colour palette of grey, blue, rust and yellow is taken directly from this landscape. Trained as a jeweller, silversmith and textile & surface designer, at Sir John Cass, Camberwell and Bath Spa, she now calls herself a ‘plasticsmith’ and begins from  the intrinsic colours, textures and form of the material. Her shapes resemble those found on a beach or dug up from the ground. She uses only hand tools to cut, file and scratch the surfaces. This slow and very considered approach is inspired by the natural processes of wear and weathering  Her waste is mixed with binders and used to create a new composite material, so very little is wasted.

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Naomi Langford