Slate “Fossil” Pendant Earrings
Recycled plastic & recycled silver
1 in stock
Bronwen Gwillim slate “fossil” pendant earrings are light-weight, elegant, stylish and contemporary. Easy to wear and flattering. The ‘stones’, hung from irregular silver loops have a lovely dotted pattern which makes them look like fossils.
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 colours and 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’ 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. 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.