Light blue asymmetric earrings
Recycled plastic, recycled silver
Approx 7cm long
1 in stock
Bronwen Gwillim light blue asymmetric earrings are light-weight, elegant, stylish and contemporary. A lovely chalky blue, they are easy to wear and flattering. And their asymmetry gives them just a little element of surprise.
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’s concern about the wastage of mountains of throwaway plastic has led to her creativity with the material. She uses recycled plastic as a raw resource for making. Not just any plastic however. Just as if she were selecting precious stones, she chooses pieces with exactly the right qualities to suit her style. She reappraises plastic as a precious material and uses it thoughtfully and sparingly.
Materials and methods
Bronwen calls herself a ‘plasticsmith’. She doesn’t dye the material but begins from its existing colours, and textures. 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. She works in stark contrast to high speed mass production that we associate with modern plastics. She mixes her waste with binders to create a new composite material, so she wastes almost nothing overall.
Trained as a jeweller, silversmith and textile & surface designer, at Sir John Cass, Camberwell and Bath Spa. Bronwen Gwillim 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. She likes to observe 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.
Bronwen makes wearable, sculptural jewellery from repurposed and recycled industrial plastics. She imbues these soulless materials with character by working their surfaces till their colours soften and they feel natural in the hand.
The shapes she uses reference those worn by the sea and allude to the fact that these ubiquitous and non-biodegradable materials will be sadly washing up on our beaches for many years to come.
She originally trained as a jeweller and uses traditional hand tools and techniques. She slowly makes one-off pieces, in stark contrast to high speed mass production that we associate with modern plastics.