A recent graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, jeweller Kirsty Sumerling has a delicate, aesthetic that really appeals to us, mixing precious shards with contemporary structure.
Intrigued by the fragmentation of things, especially places and objects that have fallen into a state of disrepair, Sumerling explores this condition of neglect in enamel to display fragments of pottery or porcelain.
Here, found elements appear fragile and worn in contrast to the resilience of linear, industrial components. Kirsty's reapproriation of fragments in this way, transforms them from a state of disuse and displays them in a new context where they have purpose.
"I am interested in the construction of a piece, the layering of linear forms and the repetition of common elements." she says.
"Movable components are a reminder that they do not now rest in their original context and also allow the wearer to experience the tactile process of construction. My jewellery recreates a sense of order and purpose from these fragmented, abandoned components".
These pieces were part of her final degree show; some of which is currently on display at not one, but two exhibitions in London; 'Dazzle' at the National Theatre, and at the Barbican Centre too.
Kirsty is now studying for her MA at Edinburgh College of Art; continuing this research into the state of decay and disrepair...