“I am and always have been a bit of a collector: not of high value, status-ridden things that you have to be careful with. Just little, curious, quirky things that are everywhere in everybody’s everyday life. I just like to pick them up, look at them and put them in my pocket. Then I like to make them into jewellery later…“
Sarah Drew lives and works in Cornwall. Inspired by the environment and resources of the coastline, she makes contemporary eclectic jewellery from found objects such as driftwood, sea plastic, sea glass and slate pebbles.
“Every coat I have has pockets full of things: I hear shells rattling about with bits of plastic when I pull one on to face the school run, I fiddle with acorn cups while I’m waiting for a flat white in my local cafe; I scrunch up bits of lichen and tangled sea-string while I’m trying to find my gloves”.
Sarah Drew’s signature works combine beach stones, pebbles, slate, plastics and recycled silver, sea glass, and ethically sourced semi-precious stones.These she combines with chunky hammered eco-silver chains, delicate crocheted fine silver and fused silver focal pieces. Inventive
reuse is characteristic of her striking and sustainable practice. A regular teacher of workshops, she is also author, including: Junk Box jewellery (A&C Black) and Wild Jewellery (Jacqui Small).