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Colours of the Women's Suffrage movement

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When women's suffrage or the suffragettes are mentioned the colours purple, green and white come to mind and although these were key colours of some of the organisations that supported and promoted and fought for women's right to vote they were by no means the only colours to represent the movement. There were many different organisations involved in the women's suffrage movement. National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies and Women's Socia Political Union pin badges circa 1911 A forgotten suffrage group is the Women’s Freedom League (WFL). This group formed in 1907 as a break-away group of the WSPU. They...

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The Houses of Parliament 'New Dawn' Jewellery Collection - Making the 'New Dawn' Brooch

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The 'New Dawn' commission to create a collection of jewellery to accompany Mary Branson's artwork celebrating women's suffrage was an exciting and intense project. The most difficult thing was that I was sworn to secrecy! I did so many sketches with lots of ideas about quite diverse pieces of jewellery that captured the esscense of the 'New Dawn' artwork. The highly polished surface of the aluminium really suitd the job as it can be dyed a variety of vibrant colours.                 I used tansfer prints of my original drawings of scrolls to decorate...

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The Houses of Parliament 'New Dawn' jewellery collection - Pin

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'New Dawn' pin Part of the collection of jewellery for The Houses of Parliament Drawing of the pin. Front and side elevation A journey in making mostly in pictures The pin was a simple jewellery item to design but presented a few issues in regards to construction. The silver wires had to be attached to the aluminium without soldering as aluminium cannot be soldered to silver so they were inserted through a drilled hole in the centre of the disk. The tight fit and bend in the wire is secure but enables some movement in the disk without it becoming...

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Handmade at Kew - Rose Garden inspiration

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My work is inspired by nature with roses taking centre stage so Kew Gardens is a wonderful place to show my jewellery and cufflinks.        The rose garden at Kew Gardens was redesigned and planted in 2009 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the gardens, and the beds are now laid out in an interpretation of William Nesfield’s American Garden of 1848, containing English roses, old roses and other shrub roses.  Read more about the Kew rose garden at http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/explore/attractions/rose-garden For information about Handmade at Kew October 6th - 9th 2016 Sally Lees (London) Stand L13

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Handmade at Kew - Making Roses inspired jewellery

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Roses are beautiful flowers and convey messages depending on their colours. Red roses are a symbol of true love, yellow brings messages of platonic love and white conveys innocence and purity.             Sketches of roses I took various photographs of clusters of roses in bunches and sketched them from above. I then simplified the sketches giving the drawings a stylised feel. I drew a small area of roses with a fine nibbed pen which I repeated giving the finished design an organic feel to it as there are small gaps inbetween some of the rose...

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